It doesn’t matter if you’re a grown-up or a child, a popsicle on a hot day is the best! Am I right? I pulled out the popsicle molds early this year because we have already hit a 90 degree day here in Oregon and it’s only halfway through June. I think this summer is gonna’ be a hot one.
Popsicles on those super hot days are so refreshing, hydrating and just plain hit the spot, but let’s be real: most are filled with junk. I went to look up some popular popsicle ingredients to see if companies had improved any of the ingredients since the last time I checked, like taking out food dyes and using actual food for coloring for instance.
I found the usual high fructose corn syrup listed as one of the first ingredients, but was glad to see actual fruit juice being used and even beet juice for coloring. Right after that, though, was a list of food dyes: Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 5, Red 3, Yellow 6. Face palm. Why?! You were so close guys, really you were.
As a mom of two young ones – and now with my oldest having to navigate school and all of the junk food and processed snacks he is inundated with — I am always trying to find yummy ways of getting the good stuff in and keeping the not-so-good stuff out, or at least at bay. I don’t want him to feel left out, but I also would rather him not be consuming chemical ingredients that cause his behavior to wonky and are just simply not good for his growing body.
It’s a balancing act for sure as a #LifeFromScratch mama and I have yet to figure it out; but I know if I have quality, homemade snacks and food at home, it’s a much easier road to travel.
One of the things I know I can do this summer is have homemade popsicles on hand. You just need some popsicle molds, a blender and a few ingredients to make most homemade popsicles.
I came up with a cherry kombucha popsicle recipe that is super easy to make and full of the good stuff: probiotics (good for gut health), antioxidants (helps support healthy cells), gelatin powder (provides protein, also good for the gut and joints, skin, hair and nails), and enzymes (supports digestion).
Kombucha can range from being incredibly sour to a little bit sweet so you can gauge what you think your kids will go for and add a bit of raw honey if needed.
Enjoy this summer with your kiddos and stay cool!
- Pour all ingredients in a blender and blend until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour into your molds of choice, leave a little room at the top, and freeze. That's it!