Homemade popsicles are my favorite way to make my boys a treat in the summer time! Try my strawberry lemonade version below for a treat everyone will love!
Y’all know I delight in being sneaky in the kitchen. Sometimes it’s liver snuck into chili; other times, I throw all kinds of stuff in my morning tea to pack in the utmost nutrition one can in one cuppa.
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When Perfect Supplements asked me to team up on a summer promotion, I knew the perfect recipe to share- these homemade popsicles that contain protein, vitamin C, and even good fats. I’ve been making them all summer and my kids can’t get enough of them- but they have no idea how good for them they are!
While we know homemade popsicles are healthier than their store-bought counterparts for obvious reasons, I like to take opportunities to sneak in gut-healing, immune-boosting, satiating ingredients anywhere I can.
Just in case you need a reminder, here’s what you’ll find in most store bought popsicles:
- refined sugar
- corn syrup
- food dye
- a little fruit juice
Why give those ingredients to your kids when it’s so easy to make homemade popsicles? Even better, popsicles packed with nutrition?!
Not only do conventional popsicles contain all the above yucky ingredients, but they cause kids’ blood sugar to soar, setting them up for a crash later. Popsicles that contain fruit fiber and not just juice help to keep blood sugar more stable. My homemade popsicles take blood sugar stabilization a step further by adding protein and good fats, which helps to slow the sugar rush that accompanies the consumption of fruit and natural sugars.
How to turn ordinary homemade popsicles into a major source of nutrition
We accomplish turning typical popsicles into a nutrient-dense treat by adding just a few extra key ingredients, none of which change the flavor or texture. I’m a fan of win-wins.
Let’s take a look at the sneaky ingredients:
1. Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen
I’ve written about hydrolyzed collagen often because it’s truly one of my favorite versatile food-based supplements. It’s packed full of amino acids, which are good for gut health, hormones, and, in turn, neurotransmitters.
You’ll find Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen in this recipe, which dissolves easily in hot or cold liquids and is flavorless.
Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen:
- is sourced EXCLUSIVELY from Brazilian pasture raised (grass fed) cows
- is 100% natural and pesticide and hormone free
- lactose & dairy free
- low molecular weight for easy absorption
- high bioavailability
- tasteless, odorless and easily mixes in any liquid
- lab tested with proof of purity
- 60 servings per bottle (it’s truly an economical purchase!)
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2. Vitamin C powder
Vitamin C is known for its immune-boosting properties. It has been purported to treat everything from whooping cough to cancer, so what better supplement to sneak into homemade popsicles?
In my experience, most natural, food-based vitamin C supplements are not potent enough to saturate your body with vitamin C. Instead, I use a more potent form, such as sodium ascorbate.
I also recently learned that without vitamin C, our bodies do not readily absorb and use collagen, which is why I’ve incorporated it into this recipe (strawberries and lemons also contain vitamin C!). It’s the reason vitamin C deficiency is the cause of scurvy, which is really a breakdown of the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and connective tissues. With scurvy, the body literally falls apart as collagen is broken down and not replaced. (source)
While our bodies produce collagen, they do not produce vitamin C. We have to get vitamin C from our diet and supplements, and then our bodies can create the collagen they need.
Get vitamin C powder here.
3. MCT oil
Finally, for good measure, I wanted to get a little fat in the popsicles to further slow the sugar release into the blood stream. If you’ve tried fat bombs, you know that fats help to buffer the body’s absorption of sugars and combining the two can help balance blood sugar.
MCT (short for medium chain triglycerides) contains fats that are easy for our bodies to quickly use, sending them directly to nourish the liver. Once easily processed by the liver, this unique saturated fat provides energy to the body and brain.
Our family likes this MCT oil.
Combining the tasty strawberry lemonade ingredients with the bonus secret ingredients creates a perfect afternoon snack that leaves my kids satiated until dinner time, not an easy feat with sweets!
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
Hint: we’ve been using these reusable popsicle molds!
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
Yield 8-10 popsicles
- Blend ingredients in a blender until well-combined and smooth.
- Use a funnel to carefully pour the mixture into reusable popsicle molds like this.
- Once filled and sealed, place popsicles in the freezer for about four hours to freeze solid (if you use fresh strawberries, rather than frozen, you may need to freeze overnight.)
- Run a little warm water over the outside of the popsicles if your kiddos have trouble pushing the popsicle upward for eating.
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