My toddler is ADDICTED to popsicles. I can’t say that I blame him…they’re delicious and summers in San Antonio are much like sitting on the surface of the sun while a one-legged goat is trying to fan you with a post-it note. Let’s just say…it’s hot, and eating frozen juicy treats is just what the thermostat ordered. So instead of beginning his addiction to chemicals and high-fructose corn syrup, I decided to make a healthier alternative.
I’ve seen a recipe bouncing around Facebook and Pinterest for about a year now for popsicles made out of chopped fruit and coconut water. They look cute and all, but since I’m trying to appeal to a 2-year old, I wasn’t sure that he would like them that way. Also…chopping fruit is somewhat of a tedious task when you’re chasing around a hurricane that has arms and toys. I’ve labeled this as “Whole30 Borderline” for a couple reasons:
1. Although smoothies are not expressly forbidden, they aren’t exactly an optimal choice. You should really be eating your nutrition, not gulping it all down in two seconds. I basically axed this as a possible reason to not label them as Whole30 because the standard popsicle mold holds what? A quarter cup of liquid per popsicle? If you’re on a Whole30, just don’t eat 40 of these and you should still be within compliance.
2. This IS, however, borderline SWYPO (sex with your pants on). It sort of falls into the category of replacing a SAD treat with paleo-compliant foods…but I don’t know many other people (toddlers of the world aside) who have an unhealthy relationship with popsicles. If you are making these in order to shove paleo food into your typical SAD treats…then they aren’t compliant. If you are making these as an occasional frozen treat for the summer, in my opinion, your Whole30 isn’t blown.
Pay no attention to the toy explosion in the background…typical 2-year old boy
Smoothie-sicles (Whole30 Borderline)
You can make this with whatever fruit catches your fancy–but here is the grouping that I chose
Handful of blueberries
1 kiwi, peeled
1 peach, pit removed
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
1. Dump all the solid ingredients in the blender.
2. Add coconut water basically to cover fruit. The amount of liquid depends on your molds–mine hold about a quarter cup each…so all amounts are relative to your popsicle molds. I added about a quarter cup of almond milk at the end, just to give it a little more nutritional boost.
3. Whiz all of this in the blender until it’s thick and creamy. Well, as thick and creamy as water-based foods get. Pour into popsicle molds, insert whatever sticks come with your molds, and freeze until solid. Voila!