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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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A Sweet, Cool Deception

Summer seems to be passing quickly by, but the heat is not going anywhere soon. What do kids love more than cooling off with popsicles? And what do mom's love more than giving their kids healthy food without a protest? Healthy popsicles have been a hit in our house since they were first introduced, and they are great eaten outside in just a cloth diaper since things can get messy and a hose is always nearby.

I picked up some BPA-free plastic popsicle molds and broke out the food processor. I have a juicer too so I juiced a bunch of carrots to yield about 1 cup of carrot juice. In the food processor I blended together about 6 ounces of fresh baby spinach, two cups blueberries and a banana. Then I added the carrot juice and soon had a gross-looking slop in front of me. I poured it to almost of the top of the popsicle molds and froze them. The next day my daughter devoured hers. Fortunately the blueberry taste is what comes through the strongest, so other than being a slightly different consistency than traditional store-bought popsicles, they're not bad. Best of all, my daughter thinks she's getting a special treat!

What's great about making homemade popsicles, aside from being much healthier and knowing all the ingredients in them, is you can use up what you have on hand. Wondering what to do with that enormous watermelon you bought or looking to use up the stash of sweet potato puree in the freezer from your baby's pureed food days? No need to have fruits and veggies go to waste when you can use them to beat the heat!

Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic and mom to an 18-month-old girl with the cutest cloth diaper butt on the block!


FishieLPK said...

I actually sort do this with strawberries! Then I add ground up flax seed with the spinach and sometimes bananas, depending, then I just make it a smoothie, and the kids drink it up, completely fooled! ;)

Kristin said...

these look great, wondering if I need a juicer to do this kind of thing or if I can just do it all with my food processor?

Kristin said...

these look great, wondering if I need a juicer to do something like this or if I can just use my food processor?