The lazy hot days of summer are around the corner so get prepared now and wow your kids with these amazing fruity popsicles that are not only easy to make, but full of good for you ingredients.
Ditch the store bought, artificially coloured and flavoured varieties and make your own at home.
Dollar stores have a great selection of different shapes and sizes of popsicle molds, stock up and clear a space in your freezer for your creations.
Start with 100% real fruit juice, add water to reduce the sugar in each popsicle and then pile in the fruit. Mix and match and experiment. Sometimes throwing a watermelon on a stick and popping it in the freezer overnight is all you need to do for a fun cool treat.
Try some of these combinations and then get crazy and make up your own.
Fun Fruity Popsicles
Lemonade & Strawberries – That is it! Pour lemonade into your popsicle molds and then add some chopped up fresh or frozen strawberries and freeze. Kids love these ones and they are so pretty and easy to make.
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! Start with orange juice and add as much pineapple and banana as you like in the blender, remembering that a little banana goes a long way. Fresh, frozen or even canned pineapple will work.
Stay cool this summer with these healthy options from your freezer.
BIO: Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails. She contributes Family Health articles to many websites and magazines and ensures her own family has fun while eating healthy & staying active. Find more inspiring tips on her website http://www.raisinghealthkids.co and follow her on both Twitter @Deb_Lowther and Pinterest.