As soon as the weather gets warmer my kids start asking for Mr.Freezies and popsicles. My kids are also super active and sweat a lot when outside playing, so I am always torn between wanting them to have something cool and refreshing and not wanting them loaded up on sugar (especially my younger who can eat 3-5 at a time).
So I have the continual search for healthy options. I tried buying juice and pouring it in moulds, making smoothies, and a bunch of concoctions which meet with some approval but never totally had kids asking for more. Then I found this recipe from Super Healthy Kids site. I think the difference is the Chia gives them a bulkier texture rather than just juice when they melt … that and my kids love strawberries and mango too!
Of course you can also try the recipe with a bunch of other flavors of berries too.. it really depends on how creative you get and what your kids will eat!
1 1/2 cup – strawberries
1 1/4 cup – coconut water (I have used regular water and even cucumber or lemon water)
1 teaspoon – honey (I have replaced with maple syrup or agave)
4 teaspoon – chia seeds
1 1/2 cup pieces – mango
Puree strawberries (fresh or frozen) with half of the coconut water in a blender or food processor. Taste the mixture and blend in honey to desired sweetness, if needed. Stir in 2 teaspoons of chia seeds. Set aside.
Puree mango (fresh or frozen) with the other half of the coconut water in a blender or food processor. Taste the mixture and blend in honey to desired sweetness, if needed. Stir in the remaining 2 teaspoons of chia seeds.
Alternately pour each fruit mixture (for a marbled look) into popsicle molds and freeze until set.
Makes 10 (3 ounce) popsicles.
I have also mixed everything together at one time and the kids loved it!
Paige McEachren worked for 15+ years as a Corporate Communications Manager for world-leading technology and Pharmaceutical companies until she decided to leave the workplace and stay at home to help her two kids navigate life.