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This week we welcome Catherine from Weelicious, a blog about how to make fast, fresh baby food, toddler food and recipes for the whole family. She is going to share how to make healthy homemade popsicles for kids in red, white and blue, just in time for Independence Day.

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Kids running around in swimsuits eating popsicles. That is summer to me. And when those popsicles happen to be red, white and blue? Well, that can only mean it’s the Fourth of July! I vividly remember being a kid, playing with my friends at our local swimming pool and sucking on Bomb Pops (big, red, white and blue rocket-shaped popsicles that seemed all the rage in the 70s) to cool down in the summer heat. I adored Bomb Pops, looking back, I can’t imagine how much food coloring and sugar I must have ingested over the years. And while those popsicle memories are great, but how can I share them with my own kids without also exposing them to all those additives and chemicals? There has to be a way to make your own version of those sinfully delicious iced treats — full of eye appealing color — but also healthy at the same time.

I use fresh fruits and yogurts to make festive popsicles that are nutritious as well. And for the Fourth, blueberries and raspberries make it easy to celebrate the holiday. Packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, dietary fiber, calcium and more, these Red, White & Blue Popsicles seem like a much better idea than the sugar and corn syrup-laden ones infused with Red Dye #17 and Blue Dye #26 you’ll find in the store. I don’t want my kids eating that. Not when they can enjoy homemade colorful pops whose colors come straight from nature, not a laboratory.

So when your kids are looking for something refreshing that will impress them at the same time, make a batch of these pops. You won’t mind at all when they ask for seconds and thirds. In fact, you’ll encourage it! Your kids are sure to enjoy this healthy popsicle recipe.

Red, White & Blue Popsicles

Makes 8 Popsicles, depending on the size of your molds

1 12 oz bag frozen blueberries, defrosted
6 tbsp agave, divided (you can also use honey, but I prefer agave for this recipe)
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup vanilla rice milk (you can also use cow’s milk, almond or soy)
1 12 oz bag frozen raspberries, defrosted

1. Place defrosted blueberries and 2 tbsp agave in a blender and puree until smooth.
2. Pour the blueberry puree a 1/3 way up each popsicle mold and freeze for 30-45 minutes.
3. Combine yogurt, rice milk, and 2 tbsp of agave in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
4. Pour yogurt mixture 2/3 way up the popsicle molds on top of the blueberry mixture, and freeze for another 30-45 minutes.
5. Place defrosted raspberries and 2 tbsp agave in a blender and blend until smooth.
6. Finish the popsicles by pouring the raspberry puree over the yogurt, place sticks in and freeze.

*Because all popsicle molds are different sizes, you may have left overs. You can refrigerate the remaining berry purees and use as toppings for yogurt, granola, pancakes, etc.

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Thank you Catherine for that fun homemade fruit popsicle recipe! She will be joining us each month with another fun recipe you can enjoy with your kids. With Canada Day coming up, make these red and white and sing “O Canada!” in between licks! Our Marketing Director, Pam, made these popsicles at home with her kids with some popsicle molds she found at the grocery store.  Here’s what she found worked for these homemade popsicles for kids:

1. Don’t leave them in the freezer in between layers for longer than 45 minutes. The longer you leave them, the less the layers stick together.

2. These are messy, so don’t give them to your kids when they’re wearing their fancy clothes.

3. Fresh raspberries work, but you have to use a bit more agave than you think. (See the sour face on Jane’s face? That’s from the raspberry layer.)

4. One popsicle is never enough. So make lots!

Stay tuned for another great mom tip next week!

 

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