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Monday, July 14, 2014

Yummy Mummy Monday: Popsicles!

Wow. Summer is in full swing. And it's hot! 
If you live in the Lower Mainland or surrounding areas, you know what the temperatures have been like lately. And while we definitely appreciate a change from the grey & rain we get for most of the rest of the year, we appreciate a cool treat to help us cool down. What could be better than a classic popsicle? Why not try your hand at making your own healthy versions? Take advantage of all the delicious berries & fruit in season and whip up some healthy sweet treats. Whether you make them for your kids or for the kid in you, these delicious pops are a Summer must- have. 

Each recipe makes 6 popsicles. 
Tip: If using popsicle sticks, freeze for approx 30 minutes before inserting sticks. Allow 3- 4 hours for popsicles to freeze completely.  


Sparkling Fruit Popsicles
A fun way to get your kids to eat fruit!
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 kiwi, sliced
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, quartered
Sparkling water or coconut water (for a grown- up version, try with champagne or sparkling wine!) ;)

To Make
Fill popsicle moulds 1/4 full with sparkling/ coconut water, followed with alternating fruit pieces
Fill the rest of the mould with sparkling/ coconut water & tap lightly to remove bubbles
Freeze & enjoy! (the carbonation of the sparkling water is refreshing on a hot day!)
(Tip: Add the fruits by colour to make a rainbow popsicle)


Blackberry Coconut Popsicles
A delicious dairy- free option!
Coconut milk
2 cups blackberries
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey
Juice of one lime (optional- but adds a refreshing kick!)

To Make
Wash & strain blackberries, then puree them in a blender. Pour through a strainer to remove seeds.
In another bowl combine coconut milk, vanilla extract, & honey (and lime juice if using)
Pour alternating layers of the two mixtures into the moulds
Freeze & enjoy!
(Tip: If in a hurry, you can blend everything together in one bowl & skip the layers)

Berry Yogurt Popsicles
Enjoy seasonal berries in abundance!
1 1/2 cups yogurt 
1/2 cup milk (sub with coconut milk for a tropical twist)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, & blackberries are great local options)

To Make
Mix yogurt, milk, & vanilla in a blender
Mix in berries and pour into moulds 
(Like with the blackberry coconut popsicles, you can blend the berries with the yogurt mix if you prefer everything blended)

What's your favourite way to cool down in the Summer? Have a favourite popsicle recipe? We'd love to know about it!

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