Showing posts with label popsicles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label popsicles. Show all posts

Friday, August 7, 2009

Honeydew you want a popsicle?

It has been a busy week. When my 3 year old realized that Mommy ran out of homemade frozen treats, it wasn't a pretty sight. With not much to work with, this sweet and juicy pop was born! Now, I am not usually a huge fan of honeydew, but combined with tart limes and plump blueberries it is surprisingly delicious. This popsicle provides a ton of immune boosting Vitamin C which is perfect for kids heading back into the school year. My son's favorite part was that it was green AND blue, his two favorite colors. Make some for your kids this weekend and you will be everyone's favorite mom!

1 ripe honeydew melon, cut into chunks
2 Tbs. agave syrup*
Juice of 2 limes
1 C. blueberries

In a blender, combine melon, lime juice and agave syrup. Blend until smooth and then pour into popsicle molds until they are about 3/4 full. Drop several blueberries into each mold and use a butter knife to push them down throughout the melon puree. Freeze and enjoy! Makes 6-10 depending on the size of your molds.

*Agave syrup comes from the agave plant in Mexico. It is twice as sweet as sugar, but it has a lower glycemic index than sugar does, so it is easier on your blood sugar. Many people use a simple syrup(sugar and water) when adding sweetener to homemade popsicles, but this eliminates that extra step!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mmmm...Tropical Popsicles!

Ok, it's hot out here in the boonies of the Arizona desert. About 113 degrees HOT! There are only so many ways to keep cool during this time of year and most of them are indoors. But if you do venture outside, make sure you are armed with a batch of these fruity, creamy and oh so refreshing popsicles! Pineapple, bananas, coconut and lime are a perfect marriage of tongue tickling flavors and because these popsicles are homemade you don't have to worry about preservatives, food coloring or excess amounts of sugar(your kids are already sweet enough)! The best part? They are super inexpensive to make...about $1 a batch as opposed to spending $4 a box for the all fruit bars at the supermarket. Now all you need is an umbrella and an ocean breeze! Tell me about your family's favorite popsicle recipe at my Community Soup forum here.

1 Cup pineapple chunks(if you use canned, be sure it is no added sugar and packed in juice instead of syrup)
1/2 Cup pineapple juice
1/4-1/2 shredded unsweetened coconut depending on how much you like coconut OR 1/4 tsp. coconut extract
1 ripe banana
Juice of one lime

Throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Do You Juice?

Of course eating whole fruits and vegetables is always best, but I find juicing to be a great way to get your kids to try a few new veggies that they ordinarily do not want to eat. An additional benefit to making your own juice is that it has more vitamins and minerals because it's fresh and hasn't been sitting on a grocery store shelf for goodness knows how long. Juicing also cuts down on landfill waste. No more(or at least fewer)plastic containers going out to the garbage can. And if you garden, you can compost the pulp! I use the Jack La Lanne Juicer, it seems to be so much more efficient than other brands that I have owned. One of my son's favorite combinations is Carrot Apple with a bit of ginger! These also make great popsicles!

1 Carrot
2-3 Apples depending on size
1/4 to 1/2" piece of ginger root

I find it best to juice the apples first, then ginger and then the carrot. Carrots are the hardest of the 3 so it helps push the last bit of juice through. Serves 2.

Ginger is an amazing little root, not only for it's spicy flavor, but for its health benefits. Ginger can settle an upset stomach, reduce pain and inflammation, and can help prevent colorectal and ovarian cancers. Studies have also shown that it enhances immunity and can help create body warmth and healthful sweating when your child has a cold or flu.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Smoothie on a Stick

In my previous post, I listed 2 recipes for homemade popsicles. Here is another yummy one!

1 banana
6-8 strawberries
1/4 C. oj
3/4 C. pineapple

Blend and pour into molds. Smoothie on a stick! Yum!

Monday, January 12, 2009


Recently, I was on a mom's site that I frequent online and one mom was talking about buying popsicles at the grocery store. She said that with all of the confusing information out there about sugar, she didn't know whether she should buy the popsicles made with sugar or a sugar substitute. Well, and this is just my opinion, sugar is a natural product and sugar substitutes are not. So, when in doubt go with the natural choice where your children are concerned. Homemade popsicles are incredibly easy to make and they taste so much better than store bought. One of the best bonuses to making your own popsicles is that you can control the ingredients, so your children don't have to ingest unnecessary dyes or additives to have a special sweet treat! If these recipes don't work for you, try another combination that suits your family.

Watermelon Pops
Fresh super ripe watermelon

Blend watermelon in a blender until completely pureed. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

Berry Blast Yogurt Pops
1 C. Greek Yogurt, plain or vanilla
1 1/2 C. frozen berries
Honey* to taste

* Children under 18 months should not have honey. A little apple juice concentrate or sugar will work fine to sweeten in this case.

Blend all ingredients together and pour into molds to freeze. Makes 4-8 depending on the size of your molds.