Between dance recitals, soccer practice and busy summer schedules, many parents worry that their kids aren’t getting the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development.
With fresh produce in abundance, summer is the perfect time to get some extra nutrients into your child’s diet. Freeze pops are a summer favorite that can be made very
easily and healthfully at home. Homemade freeze pops are simple to make, provide important vitamins and minerals and are very inexpensive.
The base for most freeze pops is a fruit purée, which is simply fruit that has been processed in a blender until smooth. Use puréed fresh or frozen fruit instead of fruit juice to allow more
fiber to remain in the recipe. You don’t need to add any sugar because fruit is already naturally sweet. Then pour the purée into a freezer pop mold and put it into the freezer for a few hours. If you don’t have a mold, use paper cups that can be peeled away
after the purée is frozen. Use craft sticks for holders. Freezer pop recipes are very versatile and can be easily customized to include any fruit you or your child would like. Use a variety of different colored fruits to maximize the nutritional content of your freezer pops. So chill and enjoy this…..
Layered Fruit Freeze Pops
Makes 8 1/2 cup servings • Prep Time: 20 minutes + freeze time
2 cups sliced fresh or frozen strawberries
1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen peach slices
2 cups watermelon, cubed
5-ounce paper cups for molds
Puree strawberries in a blender until smooth. Fill paper cups 1/3 full with strawberry puree. Add craft sticks and
freeze for 1–2 hours. Puree peaches in a blender until smooth. Pour peach puree over frozen strawberry layer
until the mold is 2/3 full. Freeze for 1–2 hours. Puree watermelon in a blender until smooth. Pour watermelon
puree over frozen peach layer until the mold is full. Freeze for 1–2 hours and enjoy!
Nutrition Information per serving: 25 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate,
1g fiber, 0g protein.
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