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Summer is by far my favourite season of the year. I am happiest when I can wear shorts, a tank top, and flip flops–or go barefoot. The warm sun, the birds chirping, the sound of wind rustling the branches on trees, and my child’s giggles as he plays in the yard…

It is important I keep my son hydrated while playing outside, the problem is he is a milk and water- only kinda guy. That, plus we are going through the “picky eater” phase.

(Please tell me it is just a phase.)

So I had to get creative. I tried smoothies but he even refuses those. What kid refuses popsicles, though?

I figured I can make healthy smoothies put them in popsicle molds, and serve a second function: as probiotics.

I decided to make these probiotic popsicles because he is going through the dreaded picky-eater phase, which means I haven’t been able to feed him fermented foods or drinks, and we know gut health is super important for everyone and specially in our case; recovering from eczema and GI issues off and on.

Now he can’t resist these popsicles. He is happy and mama is happy!

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Probiotic Berry-Tropical Popsicles Recipe

  • 1/2 Cup full fat coconut cream. (Get at Amazon.com)
  • 1 Cup frozen strawberries, mango, and pineapple
  • 1/4 Tsp of children’s probiotic (Get at Amazon.com)
  • 1 Tbs pure grade B maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs shredded coconut. (Get at Amazon.com)
  • Using a high speed blender (Get at Amazon.com)
  • Add fruit, probiotic, syrup and shredded coconut
  • Blend until it runs smoothly
  • Pour into popsicle molds (these are the ones pictured)

About Probiotics

There are two brands I suggest. These two are the ones recommended by most holistic practitioners and nutritional therapists: Baby Biotic (what I use and recommended by GAPS) and Prescript Assist.

Cultures will survive freezing temperatures, so don’t worry about that.

Other ways to make probiotic popsicles would be to use either milk kefir, water kefir, or kombucha as your liquid; you could even add some fermented veggies, the combinations are endless.

Choosing Nontoxic Popsicle Molds

Before I set out to make popsicles a fun a healthy treat for my son, I had to make sure the molds met all my criteria for toxic-free: BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free.

There are many popsicle and push-pops molds out there, mainly made from plastic…and most of the containing lots of toxic chemicals. My issue with this is not only that certain chemicals may leach into the food, but the environmental burden manufacturing toxic plastic poses on our planet.

What to look for

  • Look for safe materials such as food grade silicon or stainless steel
  • Check the labels for BPA, PVC, phthalate, and lead free
  • Avoid most plastic as they are mostly BPA free but not free of all other toxic chemicals

 

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