We’ve had TWO consecutive days of heat, so I now declare this officially summer, and boy, looking at the forecast, the heat is on! With summertime activities and busy schedules, I am always looking for fun new ways to incorporated nutrient dense foods into my children’s diet that are simple and refreshing. We recently did an activity together where they made their own Super Antioxidant Berry Lemonade Popsicles. These turned out to be a total hit so I had to share with all of you!
What you will need:
1. Cleansing and Calorie-Free Lemonade
- Half gallon pitcher
- Lemon juicer (could be your hand)
- Bowl or sink of warm water
- Fresh Lemons (number dependent on juice factor, 4-5)
- Stevia (amount depends on brand)
- Filtered Water
- (optional, lemon zest, lemon slices, herbs like mint, rosemary, or basil, and frozen berries)
Wash lemons in warm water. This will clean the outside before you cut them as well as help you extract more of the juice. (Never microwave anything ever).
Juice the lemons (For a half gallon, I might need 4-5 lemons depending on size and amount of juice).
Optional Add Ons: lemon zest (for essential oils and more flavor), lemon slices (for more flavor and beauty), herbs (distinct flavor and probably more adult), frozen berries (for additional flavor, beauty, and fun for kids).
Add Stevia to taste (if using Nu Naturals brand like me, 3 Tsp per half gallon).
Add ice or frozen lemon cubes.
I use NuNaturals Stevia because it seems to have the best flavor. But if you choose another brand, always follow the directions because some is much more potent than others. My mom uses a health food store brand and she adds 1/2 tsp per half gallon of tea and it is super sweet. So really be aware.
I use inorganic lemons for juicing sometimes but never for zest or slices. Organic is better for those since the pesticides would be on the rind of inorganic.
Drinking this lemonade brightens my day and is a much better alternative to Crystal Light or Kool-aide.
2. Frozen Mixed Berries
3. Popsicle Molds
Start off by filling the popsicle molds about 1/4 of the way full with frozen berries.
Then fill the popsicle molds the rest of the way with the Cleansing and Calorie-Free Lemonade. Put the lids over each popsicle and place in the freezer for approximately 4 hours or until frozen. This is the part that my son had the hardest time with…waiting!:)
Take out when completely frozen and ENJOY!
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