Last week my kids asked me to buy them popsicles so when I went grocery shopping I stopped by the frozen aisle to look for some. Knowing their favorite kind was the crayon shaped ones, I spotted them right away and before placing them in the cart I glanced at the label; High fructose corn syrup, sugar, corn syrup and then some more unpronounceable ingredients and finally fruit juice extract. I was shocked, to say the least. Not one nutritious ingredient, not even real fruit!
Now, if we rewind few months back, I never used to look at the food labels. I would always pick what I thought was a healthier version of the snack and something as simple as popsicle I was never too worried about. Once I started reading labels I actually realized that a lot of the things that our children eat these days are packed with not so good things. My kids were certainly disappointed when I stopped buying some of their favorite cereals and savory snacks. But more on this another time ( I am preparing a write up on kids healthier snacking options as we speak ;)).
Instead of getting popsicles that day, I came home with a big bag of fruit. My kids were rather disappointed, but their disappointment subsided quickly after I told them they will make their very own popsicles! The kids really enjoyed the process and they loved eating them as well.
To get started, prepare different fruits you would like to use. We used strawberries, blueberries, bananas, orange, kiwi and apples.
One was mainly strawberries, with one banana and few orange slices. I like adding orange slices to this mix because it tones down the sweetness from banana and strawberries. And its adds nice tanginess.
Once you add the fruit to your blender or food processor (I used my Vitamix, because it actually blends the fruit so well that you get a very smooth texture), add just enough coconut milk so that the fruit blends well. Depending how sweet your fruit is you might or not need to add some honey for sweetness.
This is what ours looked like the next day. Not as fancy as the store bought ones, but certainly more delicious and nutritious!