Make Your Own Popsicles For Healthier Summer Fun

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Make Your Own Popsicles For Healthier Summer Fun

I know you’ve seen plenty of recipes for homemade popsicles. And I also know how busy you are, what with working and trying to raise a family and take care of a home and … yeah. I get it.

I’m even aware of the fact that you can walk into any grocery store and get 50 of those freezer pop treats for about $3, so you can stop now, I’ve heard all the arguments.

And you’ve probably heard all of my arguments but since this is my column I’m just going to indulge myself and rattle them off again anyway.

3 Reasons You Should Make Your Kids Homemade Popsicles

They’re Nutritious: I don’t need to go into much detail here. Look at the ingredients on the box and then compare them to the ingredients in the recipe belos.

They’re Delicious: If you kid likes fruit-flavored popsicles that you buy at the store, then he’s going to love your homemade popsicles made with real fruit – not some artificially flavored sugar-water.

You Save Money: At first glance it probably looks like it’s going to cost more to make your own popsicles. But once you get the hang of it you’ll see that you can use ingredients you already have on hand. And it doesn’t take much. Use up those apples, grapes and other fruits before you have to throw them away. A little fruit juice or yogurt goes a long way. Bananas turning brown? Slice them up and put them in a popsicle! (See? This is why they’re so much more nutritious!)

Pressed for time? Dr. Jim Sears of the hit TV show “The Doctors” recommends the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. Your nutritious homemade popsicles will be frozen and ready to eat in as little as 10 minutes. Now let’s get started!

Here’s a basic recipe for yogurt pops:

  • 2 cups fresh fruit-flavored
  • 2 cups yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into molds and freeze.

And here’s a basic ice pop recipe:

  • 1 3-ounce package of fruit flavored gelatin mix
  • 1 package unsweetened fruit flavored drink mix
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup fresh fruit

Add the gelatin, fruit drink mix and sugar to the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Stir in cold water, then add the fresh fruit. Pour into molds and freeze.

This is a guest post. Donna Anderson is a freelance writer who enjoys small-town living in rural Kentucky. She’s an active member of several online communities and enjoys taking part in discussions that focus on how real people can live real lives in this fast-paced world we all live in.


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