Homemade Popsicles- A healthy, warm-weather treat.

It’s that time of year again! The sun is out, the weather is warm, and we spend as much time outside as we can. Aerie and I spent some time shopping together yesterday, and we made a quick trip to the Dollar Store so I could buy some cheap supplies for sensory bins. While we were in there, we found some popsicle molds. I already have some at home, but she was all excited, so I figured why not get some more. Plus, the ones at the Dollar Store were larger sizes than the ones I currently have, and they sit up nicely so I knew Aerie could help me make them with me a little better.

If you’re a mom and you haven’t done homemade popsicles yet, you should totally do it! It’s seriously the healthiest, easiest snack you can make and your kid(s) will surely eat whatever you put in them. That’s right… even GREEN VEGGIES. Ha. You win!

I have a few of my favorite combinations that I will list below, but really… throw whatever you want in the blender, blend it up, pour in the molds and freeze. Voila.

The molds I bought from the Dollar Store are in the picture below. I also have (and love) these molds made by Annabel Karmel. They are perfect for little hands, and the twins love them. They can grip them well and it’s just the right size that they can eat before it melts all over the place. I have used mine so many times that the little pegs that connect all 4 popsicles together have cracked, but they still work just fine. It just makes it harder to sit them up just right in the freezer.

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For today’s popsicles, I let Aerie choose whatever she wanted out of the fridge. She picked kale, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and greek yogurt. I washed everything and laid it out, and she put everything into the blender and pushed the button. She loves to help in the kitchen. Then I poured the mix into the molds and she put the “lids” on. It was fun to do together.

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It’s a big misconception that you have to use juice in popsicles. YOU DON’T! Unless you want to, that is. But if you need to “water down” your mix, add milk. Whole milk, coconut milk, almond milk, whatever! If you use fresh fruits/veggies, you most likely won’t even need to thin it out, or if you do, you will just need a little bit. I add the greek yogurt or cottage cheese in the kids popsicles just to add a little bit of protein to it. It’s completely not necessary, and you can skip that all together. Also, as you play around with making them, you will find some things don’t stick together as well when they’re frozen. Banana’s for example. If I make just a banana popsicle, I find that it usually breaks off in the middle when I pull the top off. Not always, but the majority of the time. Berries are great to make solo, and freeze wonderfully. You’ll get the hang of what works and what doesn’t.

Here are some combos that my family loves. I am also working on a “secret” recipe to make something similar to these sprite/gummy bear popsicles that I saw on Pinterest, just because they look fun. Of course, mine will be made with all natural ingredients. No candy, no soda. Duh. I mean, come on. A sprite and gummy bear popsicle looks amazing and is super creative, but can we say tooth decay overload?!! Not to mention all the processed, carb/sugar loaded negative effects on your body. Not saying it’s terrible to have treats here and there, but if you can make a beneficial treat just as amazing, why not get creative with it? If all goes well, I’ll share!

Berries & Cream-
½ cup Fresh Raspberries
½ cup Fresh Blueberries
¼ cup cottage cheese
Almond milk as needed

Peaches and Cream-
4 ripe peaches
1/3 cup full fat greek yogurt (plain)
Almond milk as needed

Tropical Blend (our favorite!)-
1 cup fresh pineapple
1-2 bananas
2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
Almond milk as needed

Peaches and Banana-
This combination is just amazing.
4 ripe peaches
2 bananas
¼ cup full fat greek yogurt (plain)
Almond milk as needed

Berry Blend-
2 cups Fresh Mixed Berries (any combo of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
Handful of spinach or kale
Almond milk as needed

Just a few more side notes- Adding yogurt or cottage cheese will give your popsicles a thicker, richer taste. If you want a light, sweeter treat, you can skip it. Also, throw those veggies in! Kale and fresh spinach work wonderfully in smoothies. If you are trying to hide the veggies from your kids, the berry smoothies work best with hiding the green color. The pineapple and peach type smoothies will not hide it too well.
Also, you can adjust the above recipes depending on how many popsicles you are making.

You can get as creative as you want. Add layers to make them look prettier. Or just keep it simple. It’s up to you! And if you have leftovers, enjoy yourself a little smoothie. It’s all the same.
Happy Spring. Enjoy the sunshine!

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