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! It happens here everyday.
Recently, when playing with ingredients to create some super easy, healthy smoothie recipes, I thought to myself, “Why am I not making popsicles?” Not a fan of the empty sugar and all the 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 which we named Watermelons 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 plus a few others that were in the more traditional circular and square shapes. 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 healthy popsicles! Here are our favorites (kid-tested and Healthy Mom-approved):
Our Favorite Fruity Popsicles
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.