Kid Nutrition / Snacks

Popsicles, the Classic Summer Treat

When the temperatures are topping 95 degrees Fahrenheit, is there a better way to cool down than with a popsicle, the classic summer treat? Growing up, during the summer months, my mother made homemade popsicles rather than buying store-bought, sugar-filled pops. (I’m grateful, mom.) Now, I’m continuing the tradition of the iconic summer staple with my daughter, who refers to them as “pop-toodles” – I think that might just stick.

(Now that I’ve said “popsicles” a hundred times in my head it’s sounding pretty funny.)

Homemade popsicles are so easy to make. We went all-out and bought fancy popsicle molds but you can use literally anything that holds a shape like a small paper or plastic cup, small baking tins, even ice cube trays. Using fresh fruit and no extra sugar is a great way to get your kiddos to eat something healthy and refreshing. I have no qualms about giving my daughter a daily popsicle that I’ve made because I know what’s in it.

For these beauties, I blended strawberries and blueberries with some fresh-squeeze pineapple juice in my Vitamix until it was silky smooth. And that’s it! Then I poured the mixture into the molds, put it in the freezer for a few hours and voila! A beautiful, healthy, cold and refreshing treat for our family on a hot summer day.

Leave a comment!

Are you making popsicles this summer? What’s your favorite recipe? Does popsicle sound funny to you now, too? Let me know in the comments! Stay cool out there.

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