Summer is here and that means my kids are outside and wanting their favorite cold frozen treat. Even though you can now buy ice bars with no added sugar, they still have “natural flavor” and all types of thickeners, which is not bad, but they are so easy to make, why not control your ingredients on the easy things?
We don’t drink a lot of juice in our house and when we do, I make it count. I don’t do apple juice, which I think is more sugar water than juice. I go for the juice that is going to give me a really strong nutrition punch. The richer in color, the better the juice. Or in other words, for those of you with kids, the kind of juice that you don’t let your kids take on the carpet, or when they’re wearing clothes…because it stains.
Yes, those good pure, deep red, purple, and orange juices. My favorites are cherry, concord grape, and fresh orange, carrot, and grapefruit juices (okay, I know grapefruit doesn’t really fit that description, but it’s one of my favs.
I don’t promote juice too much, because I really believe you can have too much of a good thing. Juice that doesn’t have added sugar still has natural sugars and it’s concentrated. It’s great for hydration in the sugar as a replacement for a sports drink, that’s probably my favorite use for juice.
I also like it to make ice pops. And my kids REALLY like it.
My son was more than happy when I brought these out to him and his friends when they were playing in the water – and the parents could rest easy in knowing that these delicious frozen treats are full of polyphenols that are going straight to nourish these little bodies. Of course, I keep the polyphenol talk away from the kids, I don’t want them thinking that there are ground up bugs in there or anything:)
If you want some stress free parenting, give them these when they are outside, half naked, and in the grass…and preferably in water. These are happy faces. Truth be told, most of my pictures of these cuties were blurry, I could not get them to stand still. These also give them more energy to play!
So, what are these made of? Two juices – pure cherry and pure concord grape. These do not have added sugar, fillers, preservatives, or thickeners. Just 100% pure fruit juice.
Cherries and concord grapes are full of a polyphenols called anthocyanins. Most red, purple, and blue plants have anthocyanins. They are powerful antioxidants. Not that these kiddos have a lot of inflammation happening yet, but anthocyanins have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. They have been studied for their effects on controlling blood sugar, controlling weight, and preventing heart disease. They are a-ok in my book and feel just fine about giving this to my kids – and I might sneak one myself later:)
- 1 and 1/4 cups pure tart or black cherry juice
- 1 and 1/4 cups pure concord grape juice
- Ice Pop Molds
- Fill each mold each with 1/2 cherry juice and 1/2 grape juice
- Allow the ice pops to freeze for at least 4 hours
- Remove from freezer and run until hot water for a few seconds to loosen the grip from the mold and they should slide right out