Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Yummy Smoothie Popsicles

I'm always on a quest to eat healthier.  Sometimes I don't have the energy to think about it, but it's always floating around in the back of my mind and pops back up from time to time.  This past week our family decided to start an elimination diet.  Anyone with food allergies is probably familiar with this sort of diet.  Basically it's eliminating lots of foods (or just a few if you're pretty sure what your issue is), letting your body sort of rest on easy foods for a while, and then reintroducing the foods one at a time to see how your body reacts.  No one in my family has any serious allergies, but we all have something that bothers us, from tummies, to skin, to energy, etc., so I thought this would be beneficial.  Anyways, all that to say that the foods we have to eat these days are quite limited and I am trying to find yummy variations of the foods we can eat so we don't burn out from food boredom!

Since it's been so HOT around here this week, I thought that trying to make up some popsicles would be fun (plus, Trevor is obsessed with things that freeze and melt =)  Since the back-to-school merchandise has already taken over the stores, popsicle molds were a little hard to come by, but I eventually found some.  Since we are going for healthy, I looked around online to try to find ideas for an all-fruit popsicle.  I basically followed this recipe for All Fruit Popsicles.  I used all cantaloupe (because that's what I had) and raspberries instead of strawberries (because strawberries are on our no-no list right now!)

Just cut up your fruit (I used 1/2 of a cantaloupe and a handful of raspberries) and throw it in the blender.  Pour your (thick) mixture into your molds and let freeze for a couple of hours. It's as simple as that!

Our molds.

They look like little sailboats!  I was suspicious of how they would work since the molds were only $1, but they come out perfectly!

The kids enjoying their popsicles.  Trevor ate three =)  He would have eaten more if we hadn't stopped him!

Once I made them up I realized that really it's just freezing a smoothie, so I poured some of Tim's leftover smoothie into more molds and this morning I checked and they came out great as well!  Now as long as Trevor doesn't notice the spinach in the new batch I think I've got a winner!  It's a fantastic, yummy, fun way to have your kids eat their fruits and veggies on these hot summer days.

Happy Summer!

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