It's a hot summer day in the city and if you have kids you know that about 30 seconds after they run out into the heat, they are going to start asking for a popsicle!
Happens here everyday.
Recently, when playing with ingredients and making some super easy Smoothies
, I thought to myself "Why am I not making popsicles?" Not a fan of the empty sugar and artificial flavours and colours in store bought popsicles, I was sure I could blend up some real fruit and improve on a summer favorite. I had already created The Perfect Popsicle with these
Watermelon's on a stick, so why not see what other fruits I could combine for fun and healthy summer snacks?
Off I went to the local dollar store and bought some of the cutest popsicles molds in the shape of rockets and ring pops and others that were circular and square. Then I looked in my freezer where I stock pile frozen fruit to top my yogurt, add to a fun drink or make my morning smoothies. A little mix of this and that, a few juices and a couple hours in the freezer and I had a summer assortment of some great popsicles!
Here are our summer favorites, kids tested and Healthy Mom approved. Enjoy!!
Our Favorite Fruity Popsicles
Lemonade & Strawberries
- That is it! Pour lemonade into your popsicle molds and then add some chopped up fresh or frozen strawberries and freeze. Kids love these ones and they are so easy to make.Blueberry Yogurt
- In a blender combine blueberry juice or cocktail, a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries and a few scoops of plain or vanilla yogurt. If they sit for awhile in the popsicle molds before going in the freezer they separate and create a neat layering effect.Watermelon & Raspberries
- Use up that leftover watermelon by putting big chunks in your blender and adding a handful of fresh or frozen raspberries. So good and such a vibrant red! Use as many raspberries as you want!Honeydew Lime
- My kids are not huge honeydew melon fans but when blended with some lime juice (from real limes or concentrate) and frozen in a popsicle mold, they love it! If it isn't sweet enough, add some maple syrup.Pineapple, Orange, Banana
- This one is a breakfast smoothie on a stick! Use as much of each ingredient as you like in the blender, remembering that a little banana goes a long way. Fresh, frozen or even canned pineapple will work.
Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails! She blogs on dozens of websites about Raising Healthy Kids and ensures her own have fun while eating healthy & staying active. To read more articles and see her favorite recipes starring squash and spinach that she promises even your kids will love, visit her websites www.iron-kids.com & www.adultgummies.com or visit her on Twitter @KidsGummyMum or Facebook at IronKids.Health and Adult Essentials.