Toddlers can be a little picky, let's face it. Currently my two year old is on a rotation between cheese cubes, cheese slices, and mini pancakes. And god forbid you give him SLICED cheese when he wanted cubed cheese, watch out. That being said, I like to at least try to get him to eat some healthy stuff, and with summer here, attempting that in frozen form is your best bet.
Novelty is endlessly appealing to babies and toddlers, and having something they can get a good hold on, something that tastes good and is also nice and cool is a winning combo for hot days and muggy nights. These are so easy to make, and you can be as daring (all veggie pops?) as you want or play it safe with an all fruit one made up of their favorites.
Maybe the best part about these make your own pops is the size. They aren't huge, so they won't turn into a melted, sticky mess that will get all over everything, and you can make a bunch of different varieties so you aren't stuck buying a box of the same thing that they might not like. For your first go around try a few different options and see which one works (and then try that again, because as well all know once a toddler has a favorite one day it becomes a least favorite the next). The portion control is also great with the smaller ones, they can try out something new, and even have it as a snack without spoiling their dinner.
Jessica Alba's Go Green Ice Pops from The Honest Life:
- 3 bananas
- 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 cup water, milk of choice, or 100% natural pineapple juice (depending on creaminess or sweetness desired)
Avocado Pear Ice Pops from The Spunky Coconut:
Puree: 2 avocado 2 pear (skin removed)
Baby Carrot Smoothie Pops from Wholesome Baby Food:
2 cups carrot juice, 1/2 cup apple juice, 6 oz non-fat vanilla or plain yogurt, frozen 1 banana broken or sliced into a few pieces ( use a frozen one) Add all ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency.
Green Ice Pops from Weelicious:
- 1 cup packed kale leaves*
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple
- 1 small banana
- 1 cup coconut water
Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree. The kale will remain in tiny pieces, that is okay. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds and freeze for at least 6 hours and up to 4 months.
You can find all of the ice pop molds shown above at Amazon.com. For some more summer recipes for the whole family, click right here. For some summer recipes for JUST the grown ups in the family, click here. xoxo