Don’t you love the sounds of summer? The splash of water at the neighborhood pool, the sizzle of burgers on the grill, and the crack of the bat as the kids play baseball in the ball yard. And then there’s the familiar, repetitive song coming from the ice cream truck as it makes its way down your street. Although we’re big fans of ice cream, why not have a healthier option at home for the family? I want to share 3 popsicles that you can make at home.
Spend the afternoon with your kids creating some yummy, uncomplicated popsicles. You’ll cut out a great deal of sugar and might be able to “sneak” in some veggies too.
For this first option from Pretty Simple Sweet, replace Sugar with another alternative like Agave Syrup.
- 1 Banana, ripe
- 1 cup Strawberries
- 1/4 cup Milk
- 1/2 cup Yogurt
- 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar* or Honey
*substitute with Agave Syrup
- Place Yogurt, Milk, and *Sugar/Honey in a blender and process until combined (I like to start with 1 tablespoon of Sugar and add more as needed). Add Strawberries and Banana and process until smooth.
- Divide mixture between molds (using a pitcher makes this easier) and snap on the lid or popsicle stick. Place molds in the freezer for at least 5 hours.
- For easy removal, place the mold inside a container filled with warm water, wait a few seconds, then pull out gently by gripping the handle.
In this second option from Home Made Interest, you can be pretty creative and eliminate sugar too.
All Natural Mango
- 3 cups Mango, cubed
- 1 cup Water
- 2 Kiwi*, peeled and sliced
- 2 Strawberries, sliced
*substitute with Blueberries or another favorite fruit
- Place Mango cubes and water in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Add fruit slices to popsicle molds and then fill with Mango puree.
- Freeze for 3-4 hours or until solid.
- Run under warm water until popsicles slide out of mold.
The final option from Nora Cooks incorporates a vegetable! Your kids might be pleasantly surprised at how great this tastes!
Lime (with Spinach)
- 1 1/2 cups Pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- 1 ripe Banana
- 1 1/2 cups fresh Baby Spinach
- 1 cup full fat Coconut Milk (from a can)
- Juice from 2 Limes
- In a blender, blend all ingredients until completely smooth.
- Pour into popsicle mold and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until completely firm.
- Makes about 10 popsicles.
We all deserve a nice summer treat. But instead of running around the house looking for spare change for the ice cream man, head to the kitchen and open the freezer! Your kids will be proud of these frozen treats. And you’ll still be the cool mom with fruit popsicles for the kids - just less sugar added!
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