After a hot summer day filled with fun and play nothing goes down quite as nice as a fruit pop. Fruit pops are fruit-based ice pops, which are commonly known as popsicles. Based on a combination of refreshing fruit and 100% juice, they’re a healthy and pleasing snack for your child.
Fruit Pops vs. Ice Pops
- Fruit pops are hydrating and contain fibre, vitamins and antioxidants from the fruit and 100% juice.
- Fruit pops can be a source of calcium if made with yogurt.
- Commercially made ice pops are hydrating, but most are just frozen sugary drinks. They are based on sugar water (empty calories) and usually contain artificial flavours and colours.
Making Fruit Pops:
- Select at least one fruit and one 100% fruit juice for your base ingredients. Yogurt will add a creamy texture. Mint, cinnamon, or finely grated citrus peel (zest) can add pizzazz.
- Blend all your ingredients together, adjusting the texture to your preference. Blend longer for a smooth texture or skip this step completely if you like to suck on frozen whole berries or sliced fruit.
- Pour your smoothie into cups or molds, insert sticks and freeze until solid.
- Once frozen solid, pour a little warm water over the outside of the cup or mold to loosen the fruit pop.
- Make yourself popular by calling out "who wants a fruit pop!"
Easy peasy, right? Here are 5 recipe ideas to get you started on your fruit pop adventure. (Your kids will thank you).
5 Fruit Pop Ideas:
- Peach yogurt + ripe peaches + orange juice
- Watermelon + coconut water + white grape juice + fresh mint
- Pineapple juice and chunks + watermelon + kiwi + strawberries
- Banana + mango + orange juice
- Plain yogurt + blueberries + grape juice
Bonus idea: Turn your favourite smoothie recipe into a fruit pop!