Get Cool (and Healthy) with Easy, Homemade Popsicles

Summer is upon us and that means popsicle season!

Children are drawn to the bright colors of popsicles and kid-centric pictures of penguins and their favorite cartoon characters. And of course they won't argue with 6g of sugar - they'll probably even welcome it.

But how do YOU feel about what goes into their bodies (and yours)?


Let's consider the popular FLA-VOR-ICE popsicles. They carry a conservative 25 calories, but what makes up those calories? Let's look at the top 3 ingredients:

flavor ice pops sweetened with high fructose corn syrup

1st ingredient:  Water. Okay, no calories there.

2nd ingredient:  High Fructose Corn Syrup. Not good! It's no secret that HFCS has now been linked to many health risks including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Ditch the HFCS whenever possible.

3rd ingredient:  Fruit juice. This is one of those sneaky sugars that appear healthy, but you may as well drink a soda. It's better to have the whole fruit to get its full, fiber-rich health benefits.

 

Now let's consider a deliciously smart Simple Swap.


Strawberry Mint Smoothie Pops contain ZERO high fructose corn syrup

Each 15-calorie pop offers the unique, slow-action carb blend of Extend Nutrition, meaning, great nutrition with no blood sugar spike. Plus, its modest 1 gram of sugar comes from whole, real strawberries (a low glycemic fruit, so one of the best fruits for diabetics).

*Want other low glycemic fruit ideas? Check out a complete list of common fruits now.

We also snuck in some additional greens (spinach) for an extra burst of health-amping micronutrients. Spinach is naturally sweet and is 99% undetectable by childrens' most distinguished taste buds!

strawberry mint smoothie pops with spinach

homemade strawberry mint smoothie pops

Be the coolest house on the block with kid-approved, homemade popsicles.

Want the recipe for Strawberry Mint Smoothie Pops? Get the recipe here!

 

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