Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Healthy popsicles

Yes, Pop-Ice is easy. But .... healthy? Yah, probably not. And I don't know about you, but handing my girls a Pop-Ice 30 minutes before bed kind of seems counter-productive.

When I was growing up my mom had a popsicle mold. She kept it pretty simple with juices - orange mostly. So when I saw a popsicle mold at K-Mart for $2.99 I grabbed it. I figured we'd just do juice popsicles instead of the long, skinny sugar-pops all summer.

But my imagination got the best of me.

Yes, we've done juice. We've also done some super-watered, nearly-sugarless Kool-Aid. Ugh. I hate having that in the house --- I need to get rid of it. We've also done lemonade.

But more recently we've tried:

Making extra smoothie in the morning and freezing what's left

Plain, non-fat yogurt (no complaints, surprising....)

Banana slices (a banana that had brown spots) with juice

Pineapple (from a can) pureed in the blender (yummo!)

Have you got some tried-and-true ideas? I hesitate to use up all our juice - that's stuff's expensive! And Kool-Aid is disturbingly cheap. So I need some good, inexpensive ideas in my repertoire so I can stay ahead of the sugar-comas. :)


  1. I usually do 1/2 juice or pureed fruit and 1/2 homemade yogurt. It's an awesome way to get rid of extra watermelon! I find that the yogurt makes the pops less icy, which is better for little teeth. The pureed canned pineapple is a great idea. I'll have to try that!

  2. My mom always did the lemonade and orange juice. Before there were molds she used dixie cups and toothpicks. :)

  3. I use lipton tea and a LITTLE bit of lemonade(like an arnold palmer). It's lightly sweet and lipton tea also had no calories. Green tea and honey as well. Yummy!

  4. Just had some fabulous homemade Popsicles yesterday:

    Pineapple hot pepper
    Strawberries and cream

    Watch for the seasonal fruits coming up, peaches come to mind.

  5. Remember "pudding pops" when we were kids? Freeze pudding or yogurt for the same effect. We've even frozen the go-gurt things that the kids eat & they make yummy popsicles.

  6. We always did pudding, or even chocolate milk, like the cheapy kind made with syrup and plain milk.