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If you’re looking for a simple, no sugar added treat for your kids this summer, it doesn’t get much easier than this! These ONE INGREDIENT homemade Healthy Popsicles will keep them cool and hydrated and make treat time something you can happily say, “Yes!” to.
My kids seem to be bottomless pits in the summertime. Constantly snacking. They get plenty of exercise running around outside, riding bikes, playing sports, swimming, and just doing kid things. I don’t mind letting them grab extra snacks, but I try to keep them on the healthy side whenever possible.
These refreshing ice pops made from low sugar juice are perfect for keeping them hydrated and pleasing their palates. Keep reading to find out which store-bought juice I recommend, get more healthy snack ideas (including ways to sneak in nutritious veggies!), and grab the recipe for these Healthy Popsicles.
Ingredients you need
Ingredient notes and adaptations
Apple juice: Because these healthy popsicles are made from store-bought juice, you need to make sure it’s a good one! Many have added sugars or fruit juice concentrates making them overly sweet and lacking in nutritional value.
I highly recommend North Coast Organic Kids’ Apple Juice Drink. It’s made from fresh pressed organic apples with no added sugar. It is the only brand of kid’s juice drink on the market that is fresh-pressed and never from concentrate! It’s lower in sugar and tastes like apples should taste. Pure. Fresh. Clean.
North Coast Organic is committed to producing 100% organic products of the highest quality using sustainable business practices.
They use 100% U.S. grown organic apples
All products are USDA Certified Organic
All products are Non-GMO Project Verified
They use only BPA-free packaging materials
They produce only fresh fruit pressed juice – never from concentrate
These healthy popsicles can be made from just ONE ingredient – juice! But if you want to get more creative, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy them…
Add fresh fruit: I opted to add a few small diced apple pieces to half of the popsicle molds. It gives a nice texture contrast to the smooth popsicle. Try fresh blueberries or diced strawberries for a burst of berry flavor instead.
Add cinnamon: Cinnamon is a flavor you often find paired with apples. Blending the juice with a few teaspoons of ground cinnamon before pouring into the molds would be an excellent way to add extra sweetness in a healthy way.
Use North Coast Organic Fruit + Veggie pouches: Pour the contents of the pouches straight into the popsicle molds and freeze for a fruit-flavored, yet veggie-full treat.
How to make the recipe
Please scroll down to the recipe card for exact ingredient measurements and instructions.
- Pour no-sugar-added juice into popsicle molds
It really is that easy! Even the kids could make them!
Yes, you can! Try using ice cube trays, small paper cups, or cupcake liners in a sturdy muffin tray. Partially freeze the pops until they are very slushy, then insert the popsicle sticks and continue to freeze until solid.
The easiest way by filling a container that is just a bit larger than your molds with warm water. Dunk the bottom ¾ of the molds into the water and gently wiggle the sticks back and forth until they become loose.
There is definitely a place for snacks in a healthy diet. Eating something between meals if you are hungry can keep your energy levels steady and prevent poor food choices later in the day. Just make sure to reach for something nutritious!
Tips for healthy snacking
You know veggies are good for your kids, but sometimes it can be a struggle to get them to eat the healthy stuff. Although, I think it’s important to expose kids to vegetables in their true form, so they learn to love them, I’m also not above sneaking in extra veggies whenever possible. Here are some easy tips to try:
- Disguise the taste
- Pair it with foods you know they love
- Make it fun
Thanks to North Coast Organic’s new Fruit + Veggie Pouches you can try all three of those tips at once! These convenient grab-n-go pouches have the perfect combination of fruits and veggies. Your kids will taste delicious fresh fruit-flavored applesauce in a fun, squeezable pouch and you’ll rest easy knowing they just consumed superfood veggies!
Needing no refrigeration, they are perfect for stashing in purses, back packs, or bike baskets for quick and easy snacks on the go. Take ’em on a hike, to the park, or to the beach! And they make a great addition to school (or work) lunch boxes as part of a healthy meal.
Just like all of North Coast Organic products, these pouches are made without added sugars or preservatives and are fresh pressed – never from concentrate. They’re gluten free, dairy free, and nut free.
Choose from 3 different flavor varieties: Pear Blackberry Beet, Blueberry Spinach Kale (my son’s fave!), and Mango Sweet Potato Apricot.
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you tried it, please use the rating system in the recipe card and leave a comment below with your feedback.
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Healthy Popsicles (No Sugar Added!)
- 2 ½ -3 cups North Coast Organic Kids Organic Apple Juice Drink
- ¼ cup small diced fresh apples optional
- Sprinkle 1 to 2 teaspoons of diced apples, if using, into each or some of the molds.
- Pour the apple juice carefully into each mold almost to the top, leaving a small space for the juice to expand as it freezes.
- Place the top on the molds and insert the popsicle sticks.
- Place in the freezer for at least 5 to 6 hours, or overnight, until frozen solid.
- To unmold, fill a container about the height of your molds with room temperature water (I found a loaf pan to be the perfect size). Dip the molds in the water for about 20 seconds. Remove the mold from the water and gently pull up on the popsicle sticks…they should slide out easily.
Nutrition values are calculated using online calculators and are estimates only. Please verify using your own data.