These Blueberry Mint Matcha Ice Lollies are so creamy and delicious you’d never know they’re sugar free and full of skin healing goodness!
During my journey to clear skin I discovered one of the main culprits for my constant, painful breakouts was sugar! Managing my blood sugar levels, and ultimately quitting sugar has been my toughest challenge yet.
Acne sufferers need to keep their blood sugars as stable as possible to prevent spikes. When you eat something sugary, or you skip a meal, your blood sugar will spike. When sugars get digested, they can cause the pancreas to produce more insulin and the insulin like growth factor (IGF-1) to help maintain the balance of blood glucose. Too much insulin and IGF-1 will, in turn, trigger a release of androgen hormones, which is one of the leading causes of acne. An excess of androgens means that our skin will produce too much sebum, which will then lead to clogged pores, blackheads and whiteheads which can then lead to further acne inflammation.
Refined sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. It’s now believed to be one of the leading causes of chronic illness and disease and it’s also really really REALLY bad for your skin!
Simple sugars include natural sweeteners like honey, molasses, date sugar and maple syrup. These simple sugars are unprocessed and natural, which means they contain more nutritional benefits such as antioxidants, flavanoids and minerals as well as having anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. However, they can still be a little too high on the GI scale if you’re wanting to minimise acne/blood sugar related breakouts which is why I always opt for Yacon syrup or stevia which are both completely natural and are only 1 and 0 on the GI scale, whereas honey and maple syrup are both around the 54 mark.
Consuming green tea on a regular basis is said to be a great way to help balance your blood sugar levels and hormones as well as a whole host of other wonderful health benefits like reducing inflammation so I was excited to get creative in the kitchen and make a dessert that not only prevents acne – but may even help clear up any existing breakouts! Find out more of the amazing acne clearing benefits of Green Tea here.
Creamy Blueberry Mint Matcha Ice Lollies
As well as Matcha and low GI sugars, this delicious dessert also contains blueberries which are full of beauty boosting nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, coconut milk which contains distinctive fatty acid lauric acid which contains antibacterial and antiviral properties to help fight free radicals and mint which is a good source of manganese, vitamin C and vitamin A which may strengthen skin tissue and is also another great anti-inflammatory.
For the mint blueberry sauce:
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 tbls Yacon Syrup (or preferred liquid sweetener)
- 1/4 cup water
- handful of mint (about 10 medium leaves)
For the Matcha coconut cream:
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 tblsp Yacon syrup (or preferred liquid sweetener)
- 5 drops liquid stevia (or preferred liquid sweetener to taste)
- 2tsp Vanilla Extract
- Pinch salt
- 1 tblsp Matcha Powder
- Blend the ingredients for the blueberry sauce till smooth and spoon a small amount (about 1tbls) into the bottom of each mould.
- Wash out your blender and add the ingredients for the Matcha Coconut cream and blend.
- Carefully add the Matcha Coconut cream into the mould and use a wooden lolly stick to carefully swirl the mixture to create a pretty marble effect – don’t over do it as this pretty colour scheme can very quickly turn to a swap green!
- Pop in the freezer and freeze for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight! If you’re using traditional wooden lolly sticks then pop the mould into the freezer for an hour before placing the sticks in the mixture.
These Blueberry Mint Matcha Ice Lollies are a staple in my freezer during the summer months, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Peace, Love & Clear Skin,