Read this cookbook: “Glow Pops: Super-Easy Superfood Recipes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best” by Liz Moody (Clarkson Potter, $16.99)
By Wendell Brock
Some of us grew up eating neon-colored popsicles that offered little more than a sugar buzz and a head freeze.
With “Glow Pops,” Liz Moody, a blogger who focuses on healthy eating, suggests a better way to chill.
By definition, her pops are “healthy, nourishing pops that fill you with energy and nutrients and make you absolutely glow.”
With a mandate to “eat whole, real foods,” these 55 recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar-free and vegan.
There are fruity, creamy, chocolate-y, savory and green pops, pops to help with allergies, pops loaded with antioxidants, pops to protect you from skin cancer, pops that cure hangovers and pops that fight viruses and bacteria.
Right now, Cucumber Mint Mojito and Watermelon Lime sound amazing for summer. On the creamy side, there’s Mexican Horchata and Peanut Butter and Jelly. If chocolate’s your thing, how about Chocolate Chia Lavender or Chocolate-Covered Banana?
If you crave a little salt, try Tomato Beet Bloody Mary (with or without vodka), Curried Butternut Squash or Roasted Carrot Thyme. If you want to go all-out healthy, there’s Mango Arugula Cilantro and Strawberry Spinach Basil.
Think of glow pops as frozen smoothies.
Far from the sugar-laden, nutrient-bare treats of yesteryear, they are perfect for hot weather, pack plenty of visual appeal, and happen to be very good for you. They can also cure a craving for something sweet, and can be eaten on the run. No need to whip up a smoothie or toast a bagel for breakfast.
This book is a revelation. Pop glows the world!
Wendell Brock is an Atlanta food and culture writer, frequent AJC contributor and winner of a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for journalism. Follow him on Twitter (@MrBrock) and Instagram (@WendellDavidBrock) .