Nothing shouts spring and summer better than warm weather and homemade popsicles.
We eat a lot of popsicles around here. Actually, let me rephrase, Andrew eats a lot of popsicles around here. I never get around to eating one because before I know it, Andrew has eaten them all!
I confess that sometimes he will get a popsicle in the morning for breakfast but that’s only because it’s basically a smoothie and that kid won’t drink a smoothie. Kids.
I love making popsicles because they are a great way for rehydrating on a hot summer day but they can also be the gateway of adding extra foods that pack nutrients without little ones even knowing.
Sneaky? Eh, a little. But sometimes a Mom has to be sneaky in order to get some good foods into their children’s bellies. Right?
Luckily, Andrew is a very good eater but because he is a three year old, he likes to
choose refuse what foods he eats. You know how they say they warn you about the terrible twos? Well the “twos” ain’t got nothin’ compared to the threes. Holy cow.
Often times, I’d rather let him decide what he wants to eat instead of igniting a full blown out tantrum and trying to force him. It never works. Both parties get irritated and emotional and it’s not fun. So, I opt for the easy way out.
I’ve learned that children’s nutrition should be viewed more on a weekly basis instead of daily because, well, I don’t have anything really to back it up other than it creates less stress for a mama who just wants their little one to eat real food instead of “nacks.” That’s Andrew’s way of saying snacks.
“Mom, I want a nack.”
“You mean, SSSSnack Andrew?”
“Yeah, a nack.”
Gotta admit, it’s cute. As you can probably guess, popsicles make it on Andrew’s preferred “nack” list. I’m okay with it because it’s basically a frozen smoothie. Plus, they are a great way of adding spinach, avocado, bone broth or any other goodie that you can get in there and mask it with other fruit flavors.
I wish I could say that these homemade strawberry coconut popsicles have something extra special hidden in it, but they don’t. They just taste incredibly delicious. Sort of like a strawberry vanilla bean ice cream. I do have a kid-friendly bone-healing, anti-inflammatory smoothie-turned-popsicle recipe here, if you want something with a little more purpose other than a sweet treat.
With only five simple ingredients, these popsicles are fairly frugal and taste delicious. It doesn’t require anything fancy, just a trusted popsicle mold like this one. I really like this smaller popsicle mold as well for smaller appetites or if you just want to give smaller portions.
These homemade strawberry coconut popsicles would be perfect to bring with you to the beach (just make sure they are well insulated in ice and get eaten first) or just to enjoy on a nice, warm (or scalding hot since I’m in Florida) summer day.
- Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor
- Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 8-14 hours