Our kitchen is overflowing with watermelon, strawberries, and blueberries.
It’s a good problem to have.
We’ve had a pretty hot week, and yesterday while I was at the grocery store I considered for a moment buying a box of popsicles for the kids, but then I thought – why can’t I make my own popsicles with real ingredients that I want my kids (and myself!) eating?
While the kids were at school, I cut the watermelon, washed a bunch of berries, and made something cool and sweet and light and brilliant. I can’t wait to fill my summer with these…
- 4 cups watermelon, cut into cubes
- 2 cups strawberries, sliced
- 1 cup blueberries
- Juice of 2 limes
- ¼ cup sugar, optional
- 3 ounce paper cups
- Popsicle sticks
- Place watermelon cubes in blender and blend for a few seconds (it doesn't take much for watermelon to be pureed). Add strawberries, blueberries, and lime juice and blend until large pieces of fruit have been pureed.
- Test a small spoonful - Add additional berries or sugar if needed for taste.
- Pour into 3 ounce paper cups and place in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour (I recommend placing the cups on a tray to make them easier to take in and out, and to ensure that they don't tip).
- After the popsicles have had a chance to harden (but not solidify completely), place a popsicle stick in the middle of each cup. Return to freezer and chill until frozen through.
- To eat, simply tear the paper cup away from the popsicle and enjoy!
You can switch up the fruits that you use in these popsicles – add a higher proportion of strawberries or add a kiwi or some raspberries for a different flavor. The possibilities are endless! I love the lightness (and the flavor) of watermelon and so these will be perfect for a light popsicle snack on hot days.
A note about the optional sugar: usually fruit is plenty sweet enough for my taste, but since ripeness and flavor varies significantly, you might need to add a little bit of sugar. Taste your pureed fruit first before adding any sugar. You probably don’t need any.
Additional tips: to make a watermelon berry slushy drink, freeze fruit before blending OR add a handful or two of ice cubes to the blender.
I think I’ll be coming up with more fruit combinations throughout the summer, taking advantage of the fruit that’s in season and making it easy to enjoy a healthy serving of fruit everyday!
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