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.
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!
- -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.
- Using a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix, but any high speed will do) add coconut cream first
- Add fruit, probiotic, syrup and shredded coconut
- Blend until it runs smoothly
- Pour into popsicle molds (these are the ones pictured)
Cultures will survive freezing temperatures, so don’t worry about that.
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
Here are some options I found
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!
- Homemade Strawberries and Cream Popsicles by A Blossoming Life
- Orange Creamsicles by Live Simply
- Peaches & Honey Yogurt Popsicles by Daily Pea
- Watermelon-Lemonade Fruit Popsicles by Real Food Outlaws
- Piña Colada Popsicles by Healthy Roots, Happy Soul
Get your kids involved in the making of these popsicles, they love helping out and they enjoy even better the fruits of their labor.