Ice Pops – Healthy, Nutritious Summer Treats

 

Ice pops are a great way of sneaking some fruit and vegetables into your child’s diet, especially if your child is a not a big fan of eating their fruit and vegetables.

Ice pops are very easy to make.  You just need an electric blender, some ice pop moulds and a freezer.  It is also a great activity to do with your child – unless you are trying to hide the ingredients.
You might wonder why I am recommending you make your own ice pops when they are so cheap to buy, especially in bulk packs, in the super market.

If you read the ingredients of these ice pops you will find that they have a lot of sugar, artificial colourings and flavours and not a whole lot of good nutrition.  So why not try these recipes and feel good about the ice pops you give your child.

I tried out four recipes in the crèche, as an experiment. I did not tell the children what the ingredients were, and instead made a bit of a game having them guess what was in their ice pops.
They usually led with the colour.  So if the pops were orange they guessed orange. They were all surprised when they found out the actual ingredients but most importantly the children really enjoyed them.

Easy to make ice pop recipes

Tropical twist

  • Baby spinach – 2 handfuls
  • Banana – 1
  • Mango – 1
  • Coconut milk – 100ml

Place the baby spinach in a bowl and pour some boiling water over it from a kettle to blanch it.  Drain the spinach and place in the blender along with the fruit and coconut milk.  Blend well, then simply pour into your ice pop moulds and place in the freezer.  This will make 4-6 ice pops.

Peach parade

  • Peaches – 4 fresh or 1 tin
  • Sweet potato – 1 small
  • Strawberries – 8
  • Basil – a couple of leaves (needs to be fresh)

Peel and dice the sweet potato, place in a pot with water and leave to boil for 15 minutes or until cooked. Drain and cool the sweet potato before placing it in the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend well, then simply pour into your ice pop moulds and place in the freezer.  This will make 6-8 ice pops.

Kiwi Kickers

  • Kiwi – 2
  • Avocado – 1
  • Coconut milk – 100ml
  • Banana – 1

Peel, deseed and dice the ingredients. Blend well, then simply pour into your ice pop moulds and place in the freezer.  This will make 4-6 ice pops.

Blueberry and pineapple popsicles

  • Pineapple – 1 small
  • Blueberries – 1 punnet

Peel and dice the Pineapple, place in the blender with the blueberries. Blend well, then simply pour into your ice pop moulds and place in the freezer.  This will make 4-6 ice pops.

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