It’s hot in Florida in the summer time and a nice cold treat is always greeted with happy smiling faces. But when I looked in the grocery store for treats, I was appalled by how much sugar is in almost every brand of popsicle. The ones that say “sugar-free” contain artificial sweeteners…ugh!
Check out the ingredients of a sugar-free grape pop by the popular Popsicle brand.
Grape pop: water, glycerine, maltodextrin (corn)*, contains 1 percent or less of each of the following: citric acid, guar gum, aspartame, grape juice concentrate, natural flavor, acesulfame potassium, locust bean gum, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), red 3, blue 1, yellow 6
The regular, not sugar-free, versions contain high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and sugar…as well as food dyes and other additives.
Even brands like Edy’s Outshine fruit and veggie bars that add things like greens, carrots, and beets, are still adding sugar. Check the labels, the amount of sugar in some of the popular store brand popsicles is as high as 28 grams!
So, what do I do? Keep it simple and make my own 🙂 All you need is fruit, a blender, popsicle molds, and your imagination. You can be creative and put slices of whole fruit in the bars. You can mix in some veggies (your kids probably won’t even know). You can use coconut milk to make a creamier, more ice cream like, popsicle. Just blend away and enjoy!
I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen…the pool is 86 degrees and calling my name….so I just whipped up some very basic popsicles. Frozen strawberries, a kiwi, and a little coconut water. Fresh mango and coconut water. Fresh watermelon and nothing else (watermelon has enough liquid). Ahhhh…summertime is my kind of time.
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂