Easy Popsicles

Easy Popsicles

OMG. This heat is out of control. It’s supposed to be 100 degrees tomorrow in NYC. So it turns out that my recent purchase of (BPA-free) popsicle molds from Amazon.com couldn’t have been more timely. These are the molds I bought: Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds.

In full disclosure, I bought these NOT because I’m an awesome mom who home-makes my kids ice pops but because my older son needs vitamin supplements and I have been searching for sneaky ways to get them into his stubborn, picky little body. One of the supplements I am supposed to be giving him is liquid fish oil. Right. You try giving your 5-year old a spoonful of a lemon flavored fish drink. I thought maybe raspberry lemonade ice pops would sufficiently mask the flavor of the fish oil. Not so much. So…now I’ve got these ice pop molds. I guess I might as well be an awesome mom who home-makes my kids ice pops.

I found a plethora of popsicle recipes online, but none as easy as one that simply called for lemonade and raspberries. It can’t get much easier than that! I decided to give the kids their choice of which fruit they wanted to use for their pops. My 5-year old chose mango and banana and my 2 year old chose blueberries. I used (organic) lemonade (from Trader Joe’s) as the liquid for both types of pops. I use the organic lemonade not because I needed the lemons to be pesticide-free (since the pesticides probably wouldn’t seep through the thick skin of the lemons anyway) but more because the ingredients in the organic variety are simply water, lemon juice, and sugar (as opposed to artificial chemicals, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup in the non-organic varieties). You can also home-make the lemonade but this blog is about finding quick ways to do healthy things and so buying the lemonade was my shortcut.

This whole process took about 20-25 minutes and my kids and I had so much fun doing it! We started out making the banana mango pops. Here’s what we did:

Note that the following amounts are just approximations…

Banana Mango Pops

·         6 oz of lemonade

·         Half a banana

·         1/3 of a mango (I used fresh, but you can also use frozen)

Puree the above ingredients in a blender to your desired consistency. (Keep in some chunks of fruit if you think your kids will eat it that way.)

Pour into molds, leaving a little bit of space at the top to allow for expansion when freezing.

The kids and I tasted the mixture and it was amazing! We had more than enough for 3 molds and I let the kids drink the remaining mixture.

Then we did the blueberry pops:

Blueberry Lemonade Pops

·         6 oz of lemonade

·         1/2 cup blueberries (I used frozen but you can also use fresh)

Puree the above ingredients in a blender to your desired consistency. (Keep in some chunks of fruit if you think your kids will eat it that way.)

Pour into molds, leaving a little bit of space at the top to allow for expansion when freezing.

The kids and I tasted the mixture and it was a bit tart, so I added a few frozen raspberries and a small squeeze of agave. I tasted it again and it was delicious!

Here’s what they looked like in the molds before freezing:

Here’s what they looked like the next evening:

Easy, delicious, healthy, refreshing, and fun! We will definitely be making these again…and even experimenting with other ingredients.  Enjoy!