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Healthy Tea Popsicles for Sore Throats

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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.

red healthy tea popsicles for sore throats and fruit on a tray of ice cubes

I recently overheard a conversation whispered between my nine-year-old son and my nephew. There was a cold going around school and everyone in our family had it.

Everyone, except me.

My son confided in my nephew that “I think my mom is a robot or a superhero. Her superpower is never getting sick”. Which I mean honestly, is pretty true.

As a mom, I’ve been barfed on, had things wiped on me, and had kids sneeze into my open mouth. And nothing happens.

Both my husband and my kids are horrible patients. So 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.

Two kids holding healthy tea popsicles for sore throats and smiling

Why Use Tea in Popsicles?

Over 159 million daily American tea drinkers are onto something – tea has some pretty amazing health benefits!

According to the Tea Council of the USA, “Tea contains hundreds, if not thousands, of bioactive compounds, including amino acids, caffeine, lignins, proteins, xanthines and flavonoids. Tea flavonoids are bioactive compounds that have specific cellular targets that are related to the cardiovascular, chemopreventive, metabolic, neuroprotective and other health benefits”. (source)

So, yeah. Good stuff.

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What Ingredients Are in Healthy Tea Popsicles?

  • Tea: no-brainer (see above)
  • Honey: antioxidants and antifungal properties
  • Frozen fruit: adds flavor and packs a vitamin C and nutritional punch
  • 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

How to Make Popsicles For Sore Throats:

*Detailed and printable recipe is available at the bottom of this post

I know it may seem funny to sit here and tell you how to make a smoothie, but there really is a bit of an art to it. If you just dump everything into the blender you get uneven results and some chunks may remain. Fun fact: Chunks May Remain is the name of my 1994 ska band. We wore baby doll dresses, Doc Martens, and toured with Reel Big Fish.

In your blender, add the liquids first (tea, coconut water), then the honey, yogurt, ginger, and 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.

Two blender photos showing how to make healthy tea popsicles for sore throats

Pour into reusable popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

Popsicle molds on a tray while making healthy tea popsicles for sore throats

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 everytime 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.,).
  • I prefer to use frozen fruit because it is available year-round. Frozen produce is picked and flash-frozen at the peak of freshness. So unlike those sad barely pink strawberries at the grocery store in February, frozen fruit is packed full of nutrition. And, frozen fruit is, often much more affordable! Want to nerd out about the awesomeness of frozen produce? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Roasting Frozen Vegetables. Your mind will be blown!
  • 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.
  • Tea2.0: if you’re serving these tea popsicles for sore throats to kiddos, I strongly recommend brewing decaf tea! Because whiny and hyper? Yeesh.

Three kids holding healthy tea popsicles for sore throats

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red healthy tea popsicles for sore throats and fruit on a tray of ice cubes
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5 from 2 votes
Healthy Tea Popsicles for Sore Throats
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This simple recipe for Healthy Tea Popsicles For Sore Throats is a delicious natural remedy for kids and adults. Tasty kid-friendly sore throat popsicles.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: popsicles for sore throats, sore throat popsicles, tea popsicles
Servings: 10 popsicles
Calories: 31 kcal
Author: Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 1/3 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup spinach or kale
Instructions
  1. 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.

  2. In your blender add the liquids first (tea, coconut water), then the honey, yogurt, ginger, and spinach/kale, and then the frozen fruit.

  3. 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.

  4. Pour into reusable popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

Recipe Notes

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.

 

Tea2.0: if you're serving these tea popsicles for sore throats to kiddos, I strongly recommend brewing decaf tea! 

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Tea Popsicles for Sore Throats
Amount Per Serving (1 popsicle)
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 110mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 5g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 4.8%
Vitamin C 9.6%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 0.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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13 comments on “Healthy Tea Popsicles for Sore Throats”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. You’re amazing. Smart, funny, real. I’m going to make these just for deliciousness sake.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.