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4 Easy and Healthy DIY Popsicles for Kids

Published June 06, 2024

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Popsicles are a refreshing treat for kids and adults alike, especially during the warmer months. They can also be a great way to sneak in some healthy ingredients for your kiddos. Making your own popsicles at home allows you to control what goes into them, ensuring they are both nutritious and delicious. Here are four easy and healthy DIY popsicle recipes that include a secret ingredient to help support digestive health - Begin Health’s Growing Up Prebiotics. 

What are the Benefits of Prebiotics for Kids?

Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that feed beneficial gut bacteria, supporting overall digestive health. Our Daily Growing Up Prebiotics are specifically formulated to help kids build and maintain a healthy gut flora. Research shows that a healthy gut microbiome is crucial for digestion, immune function, and even mood regulation.

1. Berry Blast Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 1-2 scoops of Begin Health’s Growing Up Prebiotics
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions:

  • Blend the mixed berries, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and water until smooth.
  • Stir in the Growing Up Prebiotics until well combined.
  • Pour the popsicle mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Berries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins C and K, supporting immune health and growth.
  • Greek yogurt provides protein and calcium for strong bones and muscles.

2. Tropical Paradise Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1-2 scoops of Begin Health’s Growing Up Prebiotics

Instructions:

  • Blend the pineapple, mango, and coconut water until smooth.
  • Mix in the Growing Up Prebiotics thoroughly.
  • Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Pineapple and mango are high in vitamin C and fiber, aiding in digestion and immune function.
  • Coconut water is hydrating and replenishes electrolytes, essential for active kids.

3. Creamy Avocado Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1-2 scoops Growing Up Prebiotics
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Instructions:

  • Blend the avocados, almond milk, maple syrup, and lime juice until creamy.
  • Stir in Begin Health’s Growing Up Prebiotics.
  • Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Avocados are a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins E and B6, supporting brain health and digestion.
  • Almond milk provides calcium and vitamin D, promoting bone health.

4. Chocolate Banana Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup milk (of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 scoops of Growing Up Prebiotics
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions:

  • Blend the bananas, milk, cocoa powder, and maple syrup until smooth.
  • Mix in the Growing Up Prebiotics.
  • Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Bananas are rich in potassium and fiber, supporting heart and digestive health.
  • Cocoa powder is high in antioxidants, which help protect against cell damage.

Summary

Creating homemade popsicles with nutritious ingredients and Growing Up Prebiotics is a fun and delicious way to support your kids' digestive health. These four recipes—Berry Blast, Tropical Paradise, Creamy Avocado, and Chocolate Banana—are packed with vitamins, minerals, and prebiotics to keep your little ones happy and healthy.

References:

  1. Nutrients: "Health Benefits of Berries" (2019)
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  3. Journal of Dairy Science: "Nutritional Value of Greek Yogurt" (2017)
  4. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: "Fiber and Digestive Health" (2018)
  5. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition: "Hydration and Coconut Water" (2012)
  6. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition: "Nutritional Profile of Avocados" (2013)
  7. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism: "Benefits of Almond Milk" (2016)
  8. Nutrition Bulletin: "Health Benefits of Bananas" (2014)
  9. Frontiers in Nutrition: "Antioxidant Effects of Cocoa" (2020)
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