In this hot July weather, staying cool is a priority. Whether it’s running through the sprinklers or jumping in a local community pool, a refreshing break from the heat always feels great. But what about refreshing your body, too? It is important to stay hydrated all year round, but especially in these hot and sweaty summer months. Staying hydrated will also help to keep you cool—so make sure you and your family drink enough water before and after any physical activities or outdoor events to prevent dehydration.
Do you want to have fun while staying hydrated? Making healthy popsicles will do the trick! This is a fun, inexpensive summer activity. It will give your family a break from the sun and provide them with a nutritious snack to keep cool. Try some of these delicious recipes:
· In a blender, mix together one cup of low-fat plain yogurt, one cup mixed summer fruit (seasonal berries, peaches, or plums), and one tablespoon honey (for kids over 1). Pour the mixture into pop molds and freeze for three hours.
· Combine fruit and juice to make ice pops. Simply blend together 1 cup of 100% juice (try mixing varieties, such as pineapple, orange, and cranberry) with 1 cup of unsweetened fruit chunks (maybe peaches, mango, or strawberries). Pour into pop molds and freeze for three hours.
· Start by making pudding using low-fat or skim milk. Pour the pudding into a blender, add your favorite fruit, and blend. Two great combos are banana with chocolate pudding, and blueberries with vanilla pudding. Spoon into pop molds and freeze for three hours.
Don’t have pop molds? Simply use small Dixie cups and cover with aluminum foil. Place a popsicle stick in the center. Freeze the cups and when you are ready to eat, just peel back the foil, break off the Dixie cup from the popsicle and enjoy!
What types of homemade treats do you plan to make with your kids? Let us know!
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