Three Veggie-Packed Popsicles

3 AMAZING Fruit and Veggie Popsicles. Kid-approved!

When Piper turned two I found myself facing an issue many parents at some point on the parenting journey must confront: picky eating. My happy toddler that loved everything from avocados to kale began turning his cute two year-old nose up at every meal.

My first response? Panic!

As a first time parent panic was usually my first means of coping. But, panic only gets you so far (actually no where). Solutions had to be found. I searched the internet, talked to our pediatrician, and curiously listened to advice at playdates. I was desperate.

Finally, I discovered a cookbook that encouraged sneaking veggies into homemade meals. The whole process required a ton of work. First, there was the cooking of the hated veggies. Then, the pureeing, freezing, defrosting, and sneaking. A ton of work for a bowl of butternut squash disguised as mac and cheese.

Three AMAZING fruit and veggie popsicles every kid will love

I’ll admit the whole process got old, fast. After two weeks, I finally decided enough was enough. My senses kicked in after the twentieth bowl of pureed spinach. Questions started to arise: “Is this really sustainable? How is this encouraging Piper to develop a taste for veggies if he doesn’t even know what he’s eating?”.

Then, there was the moment Piper caught on to what was happening and suspicion set in at every meal. “Just eat it, honey. It’s yummy! Mac and cheese is your favorite.” The realization that a huge disservice was being performed out of a true desire for Piper to thrive and eat “healthy” halted my sneaky behavior.

Three AMAZING fruit and veggie popsicles every kid will love

I’ll be honest, the past two years haven’t always been easy when it comes to Piper’s food choices.

Despite our real food lifestyle and a mom that spends lots of time preparing delicious food, Piper still prefers a slice of homemade bread over 95% of veggies. But, he’s slowing blossoming into a diversified eater. We don’t force food on him. We simply ask that he at least try a bite at every meal. If he doesn’t care for a particular food he doesn’t have to eat it.

I’ve converted from a panicked parent with a huge pile of dishes and purees to one that encourages eating as a family, involving Piper in preparing meals, and talking about the various ingredients used. I’m continually amazed at the new food he hesitantly tries because he’s aware of the ingredients and carries a sense of pride in helping to prepare the meal.

Three AMAZING fruit and veggie popsicles every kid will love

Today, I bring you three popsicles loaded with fruits and veggies. Although they contain some surprising “hidden” ingredients, there’s no sneaking around with these pops.  Piper and I make veggie popsicles together, adding the ingredients to the blender and pouring each mixture into our favorite popsicle molds.

I encourage you to get your kids involved in making these veggie-packed popsicles.

Three AMAZING fruit and veggie popsicles every kid will love

Here’s to the end of summer (say it isn’t so) and enjoying veggies together as a family without being sneaky.

Veggie-Packed Popsicles
 
Ingredients
Orange Delight Popsicle
  • 3 large carrots, cut into chunks and steamed until soft
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 whole mango, sliced
  • ½ cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 TB raw honey
Green Dinosaur Popsicle
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1¼ cup water
  • ½ cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 2 TB raw honey
Tickle-Me-Red Popsicle
Instructions
  1. Place the ingredients for each smoothie (or smoothie of choice) in a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend ingredients.
  3. Pour the liquid into popsicle molds and freeze for at least four hours (this time will vary depending on your freezer).
  4. To remove the popsicles, run the molds until cold water for 10 seconds, pulling the popsicles away from the molds.

 

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