Keeping Cool and Healthy! Tips from IronKids!

A quick guest post from one of the healthiest and most fabulous people I know!  Deb of IronKids has some great tips on how to beat the heat and create some healthy treats for your little one’s!  Enjoy!
It’s a hot summer day in the city and if you have kids you know that about 30 seconds after they run out into the heat, they are going to start asking for a popsicle!

Happens here everyday. 

 
Recently, when playing with ingredients and making some super easy Smoothies, I thought to myself – Why am I not making popsicles? Not a fan of the empty sugar and artificial flavours and colours in store bought popsicles, I was sure I could blend up some real fruit and improve on a summer favourite.  I had already created The Perfect Popsicle with these Watermelon’s on a stick, so why not see what other fruits I could combine for fun and healthy summer snacks?

Off I went to the local dollar store and bought some of the cutest popsicles molds in the shape of rockets and ring pops and others that were circular and square.  Then I looked in my freezer where I stock pile frozen fruit to top my yogurt, add to a fun drink or make my morning smoothies.   A little mix of this and that, a few juices and a couple hours in the freezer and I had a summer assortment of some great popsicles!

Here are our summer favourites, kids tested and Healthy Mom approved.  Enjoy!!

 
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Our Favourite 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 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! Use as much of each ingredient as you like in the blender, remembering that a little banana goes a long way.  Fresh, frozen or even canned pineapple will work.

 
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Comments

  1. I bought some molds this year and have been making homemade treat! Love that I can control what I put in them and everyone seems to be liking them more than the store bought ones.

    • Stephanie says:

      We went the extra mile this year and bought my dear daughter a “Popsicle Maker”. Basically a machine that allows her to make fancy popsicles in and freeze them in 10 minutes! It’s kind of amazing. I am personally thrilled with the healthy alternatives she is coming up with. She is creating all kinds of fun treats that are so much better then the store bought stuff!

  2. Thanks for the links! We have to try the Pineapple, Orange & Banana ones for sure as that’s their fave juice.

  3. I make my own popsicles as well. Love new recipes to try though! Thanks!

    I usually save time and make smoothies but pour all the leftovers into popsicle molds. I’m such a multi-tasker!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

  4. ah we make similar pops…i love fruit so its right up my alley…and its a great cool refresher….

  5. mongupp says:

    yum! i should do these maybe my kids would eat more fruit this way!

  6. Susan T. says:

    Lemonade popsicles sound great! I hate how store bought pops have so much sugar so I would love to make my own!

    • Stephanie says:

      Don’t they sound fabulous! I love that I can control the amount of sugar when we make our own! Less guilt and more fun!

  7. Yum! I love these ideas!

  8. We love popsicles..great ideas!

  9. I remember vividly getting to make pops at home with my mom and sister in the summertime…I loved it and now love making them with my minions…I mean, Munchkins.

  10. It never fails: I travel for more than a few days and I end up sick. It took until the end of our vacation, thank goodness, but I caught a nasty flu that landed me in bed for several days after we got home. (I’m still recovering!) While we’re home, we try to eat plenty of greens and have smoothies packed with spinach and fruit most mornings. On the road? Well, there are a lot more meals of burgers and a lot less healthy fare. I also usually take an immune boosting supplement, which I forgot at home. Next time, I won’t forget and I’ll be sure to pack more fruits and vegetables for snacking on the road.

  11. Thanks for the wonderful post Stephine…when out in the heat, i get heat induced migraines. i have to cool off and stay hydrated. fruit is one of the best things to eat – fills me up and has a lot of fluid. watermelon, cantelope, peaches. in season, wonderful from the farmers markets, great at room temp, and rehydrate me.

  12. sarah sar says:

    Popsicles were a huge part of my childhood in the summer. I don’t think I ever remember a time when I was without one! Considering how much I love lemonade, i never thought to use it in making a popsicle. Thanks for the fab ideas!

  13. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    These are great! I love that when I make my own I know exactly what is going in them!

  14. Victoria Ess says:

    This is the greatest idea! I make breakfast smoothies every morning, and freezing them would be such a great treat!

    • Stephanie says:

      I know when I make breakfast smoothies I always end up with a little left over. Making that into a popsicles is a great way to use up that yummy goodness!

  15. I went searching for Popsicle recipes! So happy I found this post 🙂

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