Picture this. It’s a sweltering August day—the air stagnant with humidity—and your child comes zooming up to you with bright red cheeks, sweaty brow, and a few hungry neighbourhood kids trailing behind. It’s snack time. They’re famished. After all, the kids have been nonstop running and climbing trees for the past two hours. So you retreat to the freezer and retrieve your childhood favourite “Mr. Freezes.” The kids gladly accept the treats and are on their way again. Then no less than thirty minutes later, they’re back. They’re hungry. And, they’re grumpier than before. You glance up at and turn from the clock in defeat--how can there still be two hours before dinnertime?!
Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, keep reading. If not, still keep reading… there’s a delicious recipe headed your way! Here’s three reasons why you should make homemade popsicles today:
Move over sugar-laden Mr. Freezes—homemade popsicles are the superfoods of summer treats. Let’s face it, while I’m all for anything in moderation, traditional freeze pops made from artificially coloured sugar water leave kiddos (at least my little guy) bouncing off the walls one minute and hungry the next. Homemade popsicles are not only scrumptious but satisfying as well.
To keep the hunger monster at bay, you’ll want to add ingredients that promote satiety. Satiety is the feeling of fullness after eating that keeps you satisfied until your next meal. Choose foods with healthy fats, fiber, and/or protein to stay full longer. For example, by adding yogurt or another milk alternative, you’ve got a good source of calcium and protein. Stir in some nut butter, and you’re stirring in all three satiating nutrients (i.e. fat, fiber, and protein). Blend together different fruits and vegetables for even more fiber and a whole lot of vitamins and minerals.
Hardly anything beats an ice-cold popsicle on a steamy day. And with the blazing hot weather we’ve had, the last thing I feel like doing is baking. Okay, I feel like baking, but my husband isn’t a fan of the oven heating up the house. If this sounds like you, make a batch of these homemade popsicles and soon enough you’ll be cooling down without cranking up the AC.
They’re made from simple, delicious ingredients.
Homemade popsicles can be made from pretty much any combination of ingredients: Yogurt, berries, spinach, beets, bananas, nut butters, melon, juice, milk, granola, and so on. Just use whatever you have on hand. If you have older children, let them pick the flavour combination and help assemble the popsicles. Kids are more likely to try something new if they choose ingredients and are involved in the cooking process.
Homemade popsicles are really the real deal. Make them once and you’re kids will (almost) forget the other freeze pops existed.
Anyway, the popsicle recipe I’m sharing today is one I made recently with leftover sour cherries. I had to add a little honey to balance the tartness of the cherries, but usually I’ll make them without any added sugar. These popsicles have two components: the berry/cherry mixture and the yogurt/banana mixture. You can either layer the mixtures for a marbled popsicle with distinct flavours (pictured), or blend the mixtures together for a creamier texture. Or: make some of each and see which you prefer!
Total Time: about 20 minutes
Yields: 8 three-ounce popsicles
1 1/2 cups berries and/or pitted cherries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp honey (optional)
2 large ripe bananas
1 cup plain yogurt (regular or Greek)
Now it's your turn! Have you ever made popsicles from scratch? What's your favourite recipe or flavour combination? Let me know in the comment section below!
Hello, I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like!
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