Popsicles for breakfast.
That sounds like every kids’ dream, doesn’t it?
When you initially think of popsicles, what comes to mind? The sugary, food-dye filled ice pops that come in a plastic packet thing? My brothers, dad, and husband could easily put a Costco-sized package of those down in an hour – each.
There’s no way that you’d let your kid have one of those for breakfast, but that doesn’t stop them from asking.
But my popsicles? Oh yea.
Axel has a popsicle for breakfast most days out of the week. And he loves it. Plus it gives me 10 minutes of peace while he eats it, so that helps, too.
Our popsicles are made from things that my son would eat for breakfast anyway, either straight up or in a smoothie. Healthy ingredients that are also undeniably delicious.
Popsicles in and of themselves are a pretty basic concept. All you need is some liquid, a mold, and a stick. Do you have trouble getting your kids to eat their fruit? This is an easy way to get them eat healthy snacks without even realizing it.
To make them fun, make sure your liquid is either clear, or the fruit and the liquid are contrasting colors so it’ll stand out. Think about those popsicles your kid begs for in the frozen aisle? The packaging is already bright, and the picture on the package is even more obnoxious. Don’t announce that you’re making “healthy popsicles.” Kids, especially older kids, will roll their eyes at that. No. Just make your popsicles more fun than what they’d get in the store.
The popsicle my son had for breakfast this morning consisted of mango and pineapple chunks with pineapple juice and coconut water. This was all of his favorite things put into popsicle form and he couldn’t have been happier. He helped make them, too, so that added to the amazingness.
If your kids are the type that see healthy stuff and automatically turn their nose up, don’t have them help you the first time. After they’re in bed, put them together and stick them in the freezer. In the morning, announce there are popsicles for breakfast. You’ll turn their heads, that’s for sure.
Specific amounts of the ingredients will vary based on the mold you use for your popsicles. The main thing to remember is to put the liquid in after the fruit, or else you’ll make a mess.
In this case, we’re making smoothie pops.
He specifically asked to make them, and this way I know I can blend some greens in there, too. I’ve been having a hard time getting him to eat his veggies, so this is an easy and painless way to make it happen.
We blend up our normal smoothie, pour it into the mold, and freeze them.
Our blender makes this pretty painless, but of course you can use whatever you have on hand.
In this case, our smoothie consists of spinach – and lots of it.
Along with the greens, we added in a banana and unsweetened almond milk. I like blending this into a thin liquid before I add any of the frozen fruit. It helps to minimize chunks of spinach. Axel isn’t really affected by it, but I am.
Once I get his nose out of the cup, we add in some acai berry puree. As far as I know, it’s difficult to find whole berries. But these are unsweetened, so the only sweetness is natural.
I also added in some frozen avocado. It turns it from your typical watery smoothie to an ice cream. This is also more for me than Axel – he’ll eat ten avocados in one sitting. I can’t stand them. So if I blend them into a smoothie, I can appreciate them without giving it too much thought.
At this point, this is basically just a variation of the perfect smoothie, but I think it always helps to share some more recipes. From here, you just pour into the molds.
Axel absolutely loves it, and it’s so much less messy than a smoothie.
My son is very “hands on,” meaning that his hand goes inside whatever cup we give to him. We’ve tried them all – there’s always a finger in there somewhere.
It takes at least 2 hours, but I suggest closer to 4 to give it time to be completely firm.
And voila! You, my friend, have yourself a delicious popsicle that you can even have for breakfast.
You can do smoothie pops, banana-ice cream pops, just about anything you can dream up you can do.
Have some fun with it!
What’s your favorite combination? Which popsicles have you tried? For those that just tried it with your kids, how did they like it? I’d love to know your experiences!