Keep ‘Em Cool Berry Pops
It’s hot hot hot – but we can’t complain! How many times have your kids asked for a popsicle this summer? Probably a lot. Save a little $ (and sugar) and make your own. Better yet, get your kids to help. When it comes to making sweet treats and being creative in the kitchen, who wouldn’t want to help?! Let them use their imagination to take the lead in the kitchen while you get to “supervise”.
The great thing about making your own popsicles is that you control what goes in them. You can even try and hide veggies in them! Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.
Summer Berry Watermelon Ice Pops
Blend up your favorite summer berry and watermelon with some fresh squeezed lemon juice. Get your kids to help clean the berries, remove the watermelon from the rind, and squeeze the lemon juice. Add a bit of water to the blender to make the popsicles more icy than creamy, if you like. Pour into your favorite popsicle mold and freeze for 4-6 hours!
Summer Berry Banana Yogurt Pops
A healthy treat that can’t be beat! It’s cold, creamy and has the perfect hint of sweetness. Start with about a cup of plain, lower fat yogurt. I personally like using Greek yogurt for that little extra protein kick. Throw in a ripe banana, another cup of your favorite summer berry, and a couple tablespoons of honey (optional – depending on how sweet you want them). I’ve made them before without the honey using riper (and sweeter), brown bananas and they were perfect. Blend together and pour into your favorite popsicle mold. Freeze for 4-6 hours.
Enjoy and stay berry cool this summer!
Jenn Giurgevich is the founder of Spark Nutrition & Health, a virtual nutrition consulting business.
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