This simple recipe for Healthy Tea Popsicles For Sore Throats is a delicious natural remedy for kids and adults. These tasty sore throat popsicles will have everyone in the family feeling better in a flash.
Both my husband and my kids are horrible patients during cold and flu season. But before I put them all up for auction on eBay, I fall back on tried and true mom techniques. I bribe them with healthy things disguised as non-healthy things like these Tea Popsicles for Sore Throats.
And when their whine holes (aka mouths) are full of delicious tea popsicles, I’ll be hiding in my closet with a book and a mug of hot tea. Please forward my mail and send snacks.
Are Popsicles Good For a Sore Throat?
Heck yes, they are! Cold, soothing and delicious, popsicles can be a total lifesaver when your throat is sore and scratchy. The added benefit of tea and other good for you ingredients in this recipe means we’re ramping up the health factor big time.
What Ingredients Are in Healthy Tea Popsicles?
- Honey: antioxidants and antifungal properties (also try Honey Ginger Syrup or Honey Simple Syrup)
- Frozen fruit: adds flavor and packs a vitamin C and nutritional punch (related: Freezing Peaches, Freezing Blueberries, and Freezing Cherries)
- Coconut water: AKA nature’s Gatorade. A great source of additional electrolytes.
- Yogurt (optional. Leave out to make vegan): protein, calcium, flavor
- Kale or spinach: yeah, just trust me on this. In small quantities, you won’t be able to tell it is in there and it sneaks in like a ninja with some iron, fiber, and calcium.
- Ginger: tummy calmer and has anti-inflammatory properties. (related: How to Freeze Ginger)
Pro Tips/Recipe Notes
- We love these popsicle molds because they’re easy to clean and come with a little funnel to make filling a breeze. They also are reusable which means you’re not tossing out popsicle sticks every time you need a sore throat treat.
- Fruit: I would avoid anything with seeds (blackberry, kiwi, raspberries, and strawberries) because they can irritate already sore throats. Think flavorful fruits that have a smoother texture and lots of vitamin C (banana, mango, peaches, cherries, coconut, blueberries, melon, etc.,).
- Tea: use a black, green, white, or oolong tea of choice and brew it strong!! I used two tea bags for one cup of water. If you find the tea is too bitter after the long steep, it will probably be masked by the fruit and honey. But if it’s just still too strong for you, mix 1/8 tsp of baking soda into the tea before adding to the blender to neutralize the acidity. To make a large batch of tea at once, try out Easy Healthy Instant Pot Iced Tea.
- I strongly recommend brewing decaf tea! Because whiny and hyper? Yeesh.
More Recipes Like This
- Cucumber and Mint Water
- Watermelon Popsicles
- Mojito Mocktail
- Mocktails For Kids and Grown-Ups
- London Fog Latte
- Honey Iced Tea
- Peach Moscow Mule
Healthy Tea Popsicles for Sore Throats
- 1 cup water
- 2 green tea bags
- 1/3 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tsp fresh ginger
- 1/3 cup spinach or kale
- Pour water at a near boil into a mug. Add tea of choice and steep for 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Pro tip: add your frozen fruit to the mug to cool it down if you are pressed for time.
- In your blender add the liquids first (tea, coconut water), then the honey, yogurt, ginger, and spinach/kale, and then the frozen fruit.
- Secure the lid and set blender to "blend". If your blender has the option to start at different levels, blend at the lowest level and increase every 15 seconds until it is at max speed. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into reusable popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
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This recipe was originally published in December 2018 and republished in September 2020.
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I babysit and he won’t be old enough for honey till December. What would you recommend as an alternative? He’s already getting a cough with the change in weather here.
I’d just leave it out.
Been so sick and needed something to help settle my stomach and be okay on my throat. I found these to be good for accomplishing both. I did black tea and frozen mango. It did the trick! Keep up the healthy in disguise recipes.
I’m so glad they helped you feel even a little bit better. Wishing you a complete speedy recovery!
This sounds great – but I’m still happy that I do NOT have a sore throat a week before Christmas; I’m willing to wait to try this recipe.
One suggestion (I.e., something I will do when I make these): use a 1-cup Pyrex pitcher, or similar product, to brew the tea. That will make for a smoother pour into the blender.
Fingers crossed it stays that way! I feel like everyone starts dropping like flies this time of year.
Great idea about the measuring cup!
This sounds good. I love popsicles when I have a sore throat. You mentioned kale (or spinach) yet I don’t see it on the recipe itself. Perhaps it slipped your mind while you were relaxing in your closet. Ha, I used to hide in a spare closet all the time when I was a kid. It was so quiet and peaceful. Great place for naps.
Good catch Joan! I read that post like 15 times and totally missed that ingredient in the recipe card. I added it now (1/3 cup but you can do more)!
Spare closets are so lovely. Sadly mine is not very cozy.
Thank you for posting this! 2 out of 3 people in my house are sick and have very sore throats. Made these yesterday, they were a hit- delicious and very soothing on our throats.
Happy healing Amy!
The timing on this post couldn’t be more perfect, my little one is dealing with a super sore throat. I’m going to make these tonight!
You’re amazing. Smart, funny, real. I’m going to make these just for deliciousness sake.
Sarah-P has a runny nose and cough, so I made a batch this morning with some white ginger tea. They are delicious! Also, you cannot taste the spinach at all-I feel so sneaky.
My kid has year round allergies and the regular sore throat that goes along with it… so this recipe will definitely be used! Thanks!
We’re starting to think our two-year-old has year-round allergies too Jennifer. It gets so frustrating!
Does your kiddo still have their tonsils?
Yes, he still has his tonsils, and takes daily allergy meds, but all the sniffling tends to give him regular sore throats (we check him for strep pretty regular). I am the same way with allergies and constant sore throat so going shopping for ingredients to make this ASAP!
Troy has the constant drip too so I totally get it!