Summer is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to talk about popsicles!! Have you ever read the label of a box of popsicles they sell at most stores? Most are filled with artificial colors, artificial preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and words that you can’t even pronounce. Some even contain Splenda! (Read here about why you don’t want to consume Splenda or any kind of “fake sugar” like that). An alternative to the store bought popsicles are homemade popsicles using fresh ingredients that you can feel good about serving your kids even for breakfast! I make popsicles year round for my toddler and feel so great about giving them to him at any time. They are so easy to make and he loves them so much that it makes my job of making them a joy! I love watching him chow down and get all messy. It’s so cute!
I’m so big on popsicles because they remind me of my childhood and who doesn’t like anything cold and tasty on a stick? It’s so refreshing during those hot days. You can even be super creative with your popsicles and put so many ingredients in them that are good for you! If your kid doesn’t like eating vegetables or fruit this is a great way to get them in. I’m not a huge fan of “hiding” veggies into things, but lets face it maybe your child doesn’t like the texture of a certain vegetable. Problem solved! Just put it in the popsicle and be sure to tell them what’s in it! It will taste so good that maybe they will start trying that vegetable outside of the popsicle. It’s even a great idea to have your children help make them! It’s really a fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and it’s a great bonding time too!
Here are some of my favorite things to begin making delicious and healthy homemade popsicles at home a breeze.
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Ice Pop Joy by Annie Daulter
This book is great because it tells you everything you need to know about making homemade popsicles and even gives you lots of healthy and delicious recipes to try. This book has really inspired to stretch and go beyond the simple ingredients to create lots of new recipes for my little guy.
FAVORITE POPSICLE MOLDS:
Ecozoi Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds (includes 30 reusable bamboo sticks!)
These are perfect for small hands
These are also perfect for small hands and love to use them if there is just a tiny bit of smoothie left. I just put it in a small one of these and freeze it!
If you don’t have popsicle molds you can even use ice cube trays with toothpicks or wooden popsicles.
The only other thing you really need is some fresh ingredients and a blender to blend up all those yummy ingredients. My favorite blenders are either the Magic Bullet (for a cheap options) or Blendtec Designer Series Blender. But any blender that blends is just fine!
5 Simple steps to creating your own popsicles at home:
- Gather your ingredients.
- Blend you ingredients.
- Place in popsicle molds
- Wait patiently for them to solidify.
- Eat and enjoy!
It really is THIS EASY!!
My favorite ingredients to blend together:
- Coconut Water
- I generally make a smoothie every day. If I have extra or leftovers I throw it into a popsicle mold so it doesn’t go to waste!
- I don’t use juice because most juice has a ton of sugar that is unnecessary to make the popsicles taste good. Maybe when my little guy is older I may experiment with adding a little. But not at this point. It’s really not necessary! You can always try squeezing your own oranges and lemons and making your own fresh juice to add to your pops! Yum!
- Experiment with adding greens and other veggies into your molds. Don’t be afraid to mix fruits and veggies.
- Look at the menu of your favorite smoothies shop and see what ingredients go well together!
- Don’t be bias towards certain ingredients. Just because you don’t like a certain fruit or veggie doesn’t mean your child won’t like it!
- Allow your older children to experiment with ingredients and make their own!
Here is some Inspiration via Pinterest for recipes to get you started.
Here are some other great Healthy Toddler Food & Snack Ideas.