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popsicles multi coloredFruit and vegetable popsicles (yes, vegetables!) can be healthy and super easy to make for your kids this summer. So when they come in saying they want something good to eat, bring out these great tasting (and healthy) iced treats for them. Having something cold like these popsicles can work really well for teething babies. You can even make the popsicles in ice cube trays if you don’t have popsicle molds. Small paper cups work just as well. Just put a popsicle stick into each hole in the ice cube trays or into the middle of the paper cups when the popsicles are hard enough to hold the sticks. To hold the stick upright, cover the molds with a small sheet of aluminum foil and carefully make a small slit in the middle of it – just big enough to take the stick. Then push in your stick and let them finish freezing. Any type of fruit your kids like can be whizzed with a bit of water or milk, poured into the molds and frozen. Below are several recipes to get you started. Use whatever you have on hand and you know your liked will eat and change the ingredients in the recipes. Strawberries & Cream
  • ½ lb. hulled strawberries (hulled means taking off the green bit and the white bit in the middle)
  • 1 c. condensed milk
  • ¾ c. whole milk
Whiz in a blender until well mixed, pour into molds and freeze. Apple & Yogurt Popsiclespopsicle-green
  • 4 juicy apples
  • 2-1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. super fine sugar
  • 2 c. Greek yogurt
Peel, core and finely chop the apples, put them in a sauce pan along with the lemon juice, water and sugar. Cover and simmer until the apples are very soft, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool. With a food processor or a hand blender, blend until very smooth, gently mix in the yogurt. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until firm, usually 6-8 hours or overnight. Other fruits could also be used or some whole fruits such as strawberries could be put into the middle as a surprise. Depending on your molds, this recipe makes about 6 popsicles. StrawberryBlueberries, raspberries & Carrot Popsicles  Get your kids to eat carrots by putting them into these yummy popsicles.
  • 1 c. carrots, cooked until soft and cooled
  • 1 c. blueberries
  • 1 c. raspberries
Combine and puree the mixture, then pour it into popsicle molds and freeze. Now for the not quite as healthy treat: Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Cups or Popsicles
  • 2 tbsp good cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp super fine sugarChocolate
  • 1-1/2 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine the cocoa powder, 1 tbsp. sugar and about 3 tbsp. water in a small bowl and stir until well blended. Set aside. Blend together the Greek yogurt and the remaining sugar plus the vanilla extract in another bowl. Pour the cocoa mixture into the yogurt and swirl it through the yogurt. Don’t mix completely so you can still see the vanilla and chocolate mixtures separately. Pour into popsicle molds or cups and freeze until solid, usually overnight. Now, when your kids come running in saying they’re hungry, simply go to the freezer and bring out one of these yummy treats. The kids could, of course, also have fun helping you make these treats, perhaps on a rainy day.

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