With all the brightly colored fruits and veggies packed with nutrition that God created, it's good that our eyes are attracted to those enticing colors. But as always, food manufacturers know how to use that to draw our eyes (and especially our kids' eyes), to processed junk foods full of chemicals used in artificial colorings and flavors. Read this news story on the danger of artificial colorings in food: Consumer Group Asks FDA to Ban Artificial Coloring in Foods.
But artificial colorings and flavorings are in almost everything!
It's in all the many processed foods you see at the store (it's good to steer clear of those anyway), and now that summer is here, another thing to avoid are those “freezer pops” that the kids love, full of artificial flavorings and colorings.
Are there any Healthy popsicle alternatives?
You'll be glad to know that I've got a few good ideas for you today so you can avoid the fake colors and flavors that are in so many popsicles at the store! So if you need some healthy popsicle alternatives, one idea is the popsicles I make from our leftover smoothies. The kids love these, and I do too because they're packed with nutrition, and simple to make. But it's not something I can just hand out to all the neighbor kids, in case their parents aren't aware of the health benefits of raw dairy. It's sad, but something I need to be careful about – many people are still misinformed on the safety of raw dairy, and I have to respect where they're at. Another great one (that I also couldn't give to the neighbor kids), are these probiotic fudgesicles!
You could use the same popsicle makers I use for smoothies and make popsicles out of extra Kombucha (especially for the times it turns out really sweet) or with extra fermented lemonade! By the way, yes, I know these popsicle makers are made out of plastic, but cold foods in plastic don't worry me as much as hot foods do.
NOTE: See the great comments below full of ideas for more healthy popsicle alternatives!
Let me know if you have more ideas for easy summer treats for the kids! (Check out more snack ideas below, too.)
- My other post about food dyes and how they can affect a child's behavior
- Need more healthy snack ideas?
- Here are some healthy & delicious salad recipes for summer
- Adapting recipes to make them healthier
- Read more on the dangers of artificial food colorings