Berry-Tropical Probiotic Popsicles + Choosing Nontoxic Molds

Berry-Tropical Probiotic Popsicles; and choosing nontoxic molds

Summer is by far my favorite season of the year. I am happiest when I can wear shorts, a tank top, and flip flops–or go barefoot. The warm sun, the birds chirping, the sound of wind rustling the branches on trees, and my child’s giggles as he plays in the yard…

It is important I keep my son hydrated while playing outside, the problem is he is a milk and water- only kinda guy. That, plus we are going through the “picky eater” phase.

(Please tell me it is just a phase.)

So I had to get creative. I tried smoothies but he even refuses those. What kid refuses popsicles, though?

I figured I can make healthy smoothies put them in popsicle molds, and serve a second function: as probiotics.

Probiotic popsicles - Naturally Mindful

I decided to make these probiotic popsicles because he is going through the dreaded picky-eater phase, which means I haven’t been able to feed him fermented foods or drinks, and we know gut health is super important for everyone and specially in our case; recovering from eczema and GI issues off and on.

Now he can’t resist these popsicles. He is happy and mama is happy!

Probiotic Berry-Tropical Popsicles

Ingredients

  • -1/2 Cup full fat coconut cream. I like this brand, if you use a different one choose one without carrageenan, and BPA-free cans
  • -1 Cup frozen strawberries, mango, and pineapple (Trader Joe's has a frozen bag with exactly these)
  • -1/4 Tsp of children's probiotic (see below)
  • -1 Tbs pure grade B maple syrup
  • -1 Tbs shredded coconut I use this brand. Optional if you like a strong coconut flavor.

Instructions

  1. Using a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix, but any high speed will do) add coconut cream first
  2. Add fruit, probiotic, syrup and shredded coconut
  3. Blend until it runs smoothly
  4. Pour into popsicle molds (these are the ones pictured)
http://naturallymindful.com/2014/06/probiotic-popsicles-nontoxic-molds.html

About Probiotics

There are two brands I suggest. These two are the ones recommended by most holistic practitioners and nutritional therapists: Baby Biotic (what I use and recommended by GAPS) and Prescript Assist.

Cultures will survive freezing temperatures, so don’t worry about that.

Other ways to make probiotic popsicles would be to use either milk kefir, water kefir, or kombucha as your liquid; you could even add some fermented veggies, the combinations are endless.

Probiotic Popsicles

Choosing Nontoxic Popsicle Molds

Before I set out to make popsicles a fun a healthy treat for my son, I had to make sure the molds met all my criteria for toxic-free: BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free.

There are many popsicle and push-pops molds out there, mainly made from plastic…and most of the containing lots of toxic chemicals. My issue with this is not only that certain chemicals may leach into the food, but the environmental burden manufacturing toxic plastic poses on our planet.

What to look for

  • Look for safe materials such as food grade silicon or stainless steel
  • Check the labels for BPA, PVC, phthalate, and lead free
  • Avoid most plastic as they are mostly BPA free but not free of all other toxic chemicals

Nontoxic popsicle molds

Safe Options

Here are some options I found

Zoku

Zoku Silicone Molds

Mastrad Silicone Popsicle Molds

Mastrad Silicone Popsicle Molds

Onyx Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds

Onyx Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds

Popsicle Recipe Roundup

Now that you have chosen a safe and nontoxic mold let’s get in the kitchen and start making these fun and healthy treats for the whole family. I have collected a few recipes from some of my friends that I know your family will enjoy!

Get your kids involved in the making of these popsicles, they love helping out and they enjoy even better the fruits of their labor.

My son helping

 


   
About Stephanie

Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom to her curly-haired two year old son, a nursing student, dog lover, and yoga enthusiast. She loves to share her tips on making green and healthy living attainable to families getting
started in the wonderful world of eco-consciousness. She believes in
real food and living as natural as possible…and why not, leaving behind a
better planet for our children.

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