Fruity Coconut Ice Lollies

Ah, I know what you’re thinking! That’s not a recipe missy! πŸ˜› Well, have you made these? Or just looked at them? See! There you go! πŸ˜€ You do need a ridiculously simple recipe! Okay, so I wasn’t going to post this, but you know what… they are so delicious that I just had to share! πŸ˜€ Oh, and I’m also sharing these over at Fiesta Friday this week where there are no co-hosts shock horror! Please if you have any free time from a Friday-Tuesday to check out some other blogs and leave a comment, we would love you to be a co-host! πŸ™‚ Right, just look at those lovely lollies (and the gorgeous white bloom too)! I know, you don’t really need a recipe but here you go…

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Fruity Coconut Lollies

The simplest thing ever! Delicious refreshing ice lollies!

Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
Gather
  • 1/2 pot coconut yogurt (we used natural but any flavour is good)
  • selection of fresh or frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, mango etc.)
  • dash of liquid sweetener if required (maple/agave/honey)
Prepare
  1. Put your yogurt in a bowl, add some fruit, have a taste, add sweetener if required!

  2. Spoon into lolly moulds (use any small pot if you don't have these and add a spoon for the stick), tapping to get rid of air/spaces.

  3. Insert lolly stick / lid and freeze!

  4. Enjoy!

Besides, the lollies caught your attention so now I can talk about something else!

You may or may not know, that I have several chronic illnesses. These limit what I can or can’t do on any given day. This month is supposed to be an awareness month for Lupus – of which I was diagnosed with in 2009. Seems though I haven’t yet spoken about Lupus, I thought I would share a few things with you!

You may or may not know about, or maybe have never even heard of Lupus? Well Lupus is an autoimmune disease (don’t worry it’s not contagious or infectious), which can take two different forms: SLE or Discoid. I have SLE Lupus which stands for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Basically, my body attacks itself! That is, my immune system which should be fighting off bacteria, viruses and germs through antibodies, instead produces auto-antibodies (self antibodies) which attack and destroy healthy tissue!

The result is inflammation, pain, fatigue and damage to many different parts of the body.

So I am posting this on Friday May 17th which is POP day… or Put On Purple day. This is to create more awareness about Lupus and get people talking about it and asking questions. Below is a brief description of a few of the problems Lupus causes me…

I’ve had lupus (SLE) for several years now and I’m still unsure how each day will affect me! My main telltale symptoms include the butterfly rash πŸ¦‹across my face which many people mistake for too much time in the sun, standing over the cooker, or too much exercise… Non of which I can actually do!


Then of course there’s the constant fatigue which really is not like being tired from a days hard work, it’s more like when you have ‘real’ flu and can’t get out of bed! It’s going to bed for your 8 hours sleep and waking up like you’ve not slept for 24! You get on with your day, because you have to!

Did I mention the pain? Well, that goes without saying. It’s there. Somewhere. Jabbing. Stabbing. Niggling. Anywhere it likes really, but it loves my neck, shoulder, back, knee & wrists. Oh, not to mention the headaches and pleurisy (chest pains)!

You might see me wearing dark sunglasses 😎on a not so sunny day. Photosensitivity is a really big part of my symptoms. Bright light is just awful & you’ll find me squinting and shading my eyes. Oh, & don’t try & hide your freshly baked cookies from me- I can smell things a mile away!πŸ˜‹Okay, maybe not a mile away, but my sense of smell is incredibly heightened!

Oh, and even when it’s not that cold, you’ll find me wearing gloves. When it first happened- when my fingers went white from cold, the pharmacist asked if I’d dipped my fingers in paint! My toes go past white to blue, so you’ll find me in thick socks & fluffy snowboots when everyone else is thinking it’s barefeet & sandals time!

There’s loads more to say, I haven’t mentioned hair loss, mouth ulcers, or even organ failure but if you don’t know about lupus, you might be getting worried about all these symptoms! Lupus is a great mimicker of several other illnesses & symptoms often overlap. It takes a long time to diagnose lupus with other illnesses being ruled out first. I first had symptoms in 2005 and I was told it was carpal tunnel syndrome! It took over 4 years of blood tests, hospital visits, scans, tests and check ups, more medicines than I can remember (including ones which made me hallucinate), to finally make my diagnosis.

There is no cure for Lupus. There are just ways to manage and cope.

If you have read this far, then thank you for reading! If you wish to learn more the following links offer a load of information – far more than I could write on here!

Lupus (UK)

Lupus (from UK NHS)

Lupus (USA)

If you have any questions though, I am more than happy to answer them. Enjoy your lollies, and have a great weekend.

Laurena x

8 Comments

  • Milica 17th May 2019 at 12:58

    Laurena, I don’t know how is the weather treating you there, but here we are drinking teas, not thinking too much about ice lollies πŸ˜€ Still, great, easy and colorful recipe.
    About lupus… You are such an inspiration, having so much motivation and inspiration for someone struggling with health issues… I am speechless. I truly believe that your positive energy and attitude are a great help in your overall well-being and I wish you all the best! xoxo

    Reply
    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 17th May 2019 at 19:18

      Awww Milica xxx Thank you! πŸ˜€ and thank you some more! πŸ˜›
      We had a week of sunshine – barbecue and lolly weather and it was lovely… except it is Ramadan so we are fasting! πŸ˜› Today it was a bit colder and I took my coats out with me – yes coats plural – 1 raincoat, 1 warm coat lol… you can never tell with our weather! A cup of tea would be lovely right now… just over 1.5 hours to go then I can have one! πŸ™‚ I hope you and Mladen are both well and the kitchen is now finished?! xxx

      Reply
  • Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook 18th May 2019 at 13:16

    I am sorry to hear about your Lupus, Laurena. At first, I questioned my doctor about immune system attacking its own. Aren’t they friends?πŸ˜‚ Anyway, it’s getting really hot here and I could use two or three of these ice lollies.😁 Enjoy your weekend, Laurena. Happy Fiesta Friday and thanks for sharing!

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 20th May 2019 at 09:32

      Thanks Jhuls – at least I know how to manage it now (not that I always take my own advice)! It’s much better for me – the warm weather… can I come and stay with you! πŸ˜› These lollies are so good, we should swap! You posted lollies at FF this week too! Hope you had a great weekend and happy Fiesta-ing! πŸ˜€ x

      Reply
  • Creative Khadija 19th May 2019 at 00:26

    I love ice lollies. This recipe definitely look healthy and delicious. Will try it out.

    Khadija

    https://creativekhadija.com/

    Reply
    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 20th May 2019 at 09:35

      Asalaamu alaikum Khadija. Thank you. They are so yummy and especially great for something light after iftar! Nice to see you over here, thanks for visiting.

      Reply
  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 21st May 2019 at 04:54

    I think I need just about a dozen of these; it’s so hot today!! I complain when it’s cold, and I complain when it’s hot. I’m a spoiled brat, always complaining about frivolous things. And here you are dealing with lupus and not once I hear you complaining about it! And you still manage to do so much. Working, teaching, parenting, blogging, gardening… how?? You are an inspiration! XOXO

    Reply
    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 22nd May 2019 at 12:11

      Awww, thanks Angie! πŸ’–πŸ˜˜
      Sometimes you just have to get on with things (and suffer the consequences later)! These lollies are so easy though! The mango one is my favourite at the minute – mango and coconut yumyum! Ah, and maybe hubby gets all my complaints so they’re worn out before they get to anyone else! πŸ˜› xxx

      Reply

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