Popsicles: Healthy & Homemade

As the temperature rises this summer why not stay cool with a healthy and homemade popsicle? Traditionally popsicles aren’t known as the healthiest of snacks. Many frozen popsicles have large amounts of added sugar, and not a lot of vitamins and minerals. Some do add some vitamin C, but not much else.

An easy way to get around this is to make your own. By making your own you can include your favorite flavors, and include things that pack a nutrition punch such as:

Melon

Fresh Berries

Bananas

Low-fat Yogurt

100% Fruit Juice

Carrots – pureed

Spinach

Freeze your favorite smoothie recipe

Really the options are endless

By including your favorite foods in your popsicle recipe you are turning a food choice from something that should be eaten in moderation into a nice healthy snack choice for your family. Not only will you increase your intake of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and calcium, you will be increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods.

You don’t need any special molds. You can simply use a small paper cup, or plastic reusable cup, and plastic spoon or wooden stick.  No worries if you don’t have a blender either, just stir the fruit and yogurt together and pour into the mold you are using – the color and texture will be different, but the flavor will still be great.

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