This winter came and left in a blink of an eye. For most of the nation, our winter was especially warm. And now it’s getting warmer!
At our house, we’re playing outside almost daily, and my kiddos have started with their nonstop request of popsicles!
As a mother, I want to be able to give my children whatever their little hearts desire, but I don’t want to put junk into their bodies that doesn’t belong there. This includes most popsicles (bogus) ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and artificial colors.
The amount of sugar we’re eating is alarming. The fructose in sugar and in high fructose corn syrup goes directly to our liver and is converted into fat, which can cause health issues like heart disease and diabetes.
Red Dye #40, Yellow Dye’s #5 & #6 have been linked to migraines and hyperactivity. Red Dye #40 has also shown to lower IQ levels and is banned in most countries in Europe. We notice an immediate positive difference in our home when we eliminate these foods.
How to make your own healthy juice pops!
Even though it’s sometimes tough for me to get my kiddos to drink my juicing creations, I can ALWAYS get them to enjoy it in a frozen juice pop! You can find the frozen juice pop molds just about anywhere, even super markets. They are relatively inexpensive at about $5 for your basic set of 6 pops.
Simply juice or blend your favorite concoction and pour into the molds. Place the molds into the freezer for about 4 hours so they can set, and enjoy!
If you want to make a super fancy juice pop, try adding berries into the mold.
Or you can make a layered frozen pop by pouring one juice into the mold, filling it 1/2 of the way. Freeze for 2 hours. Pour another juice on top of the 1st, filling the mold the rest of the way and freeze for 2 more hours. The variations on the layered pop are endless!
Try one of our favorite Juice Pop recipes!
Blended Strawberry Juice Pops (pictured)
- 2 cups Fresh Whole Strawberries
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp Torini’s Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
- 1 cup cold Water
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
Cut strawberries into thin slices. Sprinkle over with 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp vanilla syrup. Leave in the fridge for two hours until the juice starts to come out. Process the strawberries with cold water and lemon juice in a blender. Strain the juice if desired and serve chilled.
Rise and Shine Pop
- 4 Carrots
- 2 Oranges
Cut the tops off of the carrots. Peel the oranges. Juice them up, pour into the molds and freeze!
Pina Colada Frozen Juice Pops
- 1 (5 oz) can pineapple chunks (with juice)
- 1 (10.5 oz) can coconut milk
- 2 bananas, peeled
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients and pour into molds. Place in freezer for 2-4 hours.
Don’t have a blender or juicer?
No problem-o! Simply mix these ingredients together, pour into the molds and freeze!
- 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon