Every parent knows that even the best eaters will sometimes just not eat vegetables. In the first part of this series (you can find it here) I shared some of our favourite, nutrient dense, smoothie recipes. Another trick that I have often successfully used is popsicles.
Teething was a nightmare for Lexi (and me!). With every tooth she had a fever and refused to eat. Ice lollies were a lifesaver on those days when she wouldn't eat. The cold was nice and soothing on her gums and I could be assured that Lexi was at least getting a bit more than just breastmilk.
Lexi still loves it if I freeze leftover smoothie in our Zoku mini pop mould, particularly our usual green smoothies (here's the recipe).
Popsicles don't have to be a summer treat either! In winter Lexi enjoys them in the bath as a "dessert" after dinner, usually on days when she hasn't eaten much.
I have found that popsicles lend themselves to some great combinations that don't always work as smoothies. Here are a couple of our favourites:
Strawberry / Cherry / Beetroot
Carrot / Orange / Ginger
Pineapple / Mango / Squash
Kiwi / Melon / Spinach
Blueberry / Grape / Beetroot
Banana / Sweet Potato / Chocolate
Avo / Coconut / Lemon
Mix together ingredients (in proportions that you know your child will eat) in a blender until smooth. The mixture can be thinned out a little with water, milk or milk substitutes or unsweetened yoghurt.
I generally don't sweeten our popsicles but if you want to there are a variety of healthy options. My go to is honey but I also use organic maple syrup and dates frequently. It's also worth seeing if your family will like blackstrap molasses. It is high in iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and selenium, copper, and vitamin B6. If they aren't crazy about it, try it in baking.
What is your favourite fruit / vegetable combination? We would love to know what works best for your family.
You can find more popsicle ideas on my Pinterest board.