An easy way to get more fruit into the day!
Each summer we make loads of homemade healthy ice lollies, and these are our current favourites! They’re pretty much frozen fruit smoothies, so it’s an easy way to ensure that we’re all getting more fruit into our diets – almost without realising. And I love being able to say to the kids ‘do you want an ice lolly?’ every afternoon – with absolutely zero guilt.
The question we’re asked most about is what to make them in. You can buy ice lolly moulds in most supermarkets, and online – but if you can afford it, opt for the BPA-free moulds, which won’t leach nasty plastic chemicals into your healthy homemade lollies.
A cheaper option still is simply to use small paper cups, shot glasses or even espresso cups with a wooden lolly stick in – or try charity shops for small glasses.
My epiphany moment this summer has been to make a selection of homemade healthy ice lollies, and then take them all out of their moulds. I’m storing them in little greaseproof paper bags (but just a bit of parchment paper wrapped around them would work well) in the freezer, which frees up loads of space. This also means I can make another variety of lolly without waiting for us to eat the first lot up – and saves money on buying numerous moulds that take up cupboard space in winter.
For our favourite ice lolly recipes this summer (a different one for each day of the week) try the combinations below:
Blueberry Lemonade – gently heat 1/4 cup of xylitol or coconut sugar in 1/2 cup of water until dissolved. Add 2 cups of cold water, and the juice of 3 lemons. Add 5-8 blueberries to each ice lolly mould and cover with the lemonade.
Mango, Lime and Papaya – blend the flesh of 1 mango and 1 papaya with the juice of 1 lime and 300mls coconut water
I’m a bit worried my ice-lolly making is becoming a bit of an obsession each summer – but hey there are worse obsessions! If you want more inspiration, take a look at our recipes from the last couple of years by clicking on the links below:
Chocolate Cherry, Strawberry Yogurt, Kiwi Cucumber and Lemon, Strawberry and Peach, Pineapple and Ginger, Apricot and Almond, Chocolate Avocado, Raspberry and Orange, Peaches and Cream, Chocolate Milkshake, Pineapple Smoothie and chocolate orange
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