We understand that it can be not only tricky to keep your kids busy over the summer holidays, but also difficult to ensure they are fed with healthy treats, particularly fun ones that will help them keep cool, especially during the recent heatwave!
Homemade ice lollies are the perfect cheap and healthy alternative than ones packed full of artificial flavouring and additives bought from the shops. They are easy and fun to make too!
To create your delicious treats you’ll need some sort of mould. You may already have one, if not you can pick up some fun moulds online, or you may have house hold object that will do the trick! Some of our favourites are small muffin tins, paper or plastic cups, loaf tins, ice cube trays or yoghurt pots, all you need is a wooden stick to pop in the top and in the freezer it can go.
Fruit lollies are the more traditional ways of making your homemade treats, they are a great way of getting your kids to consume their 5 a day and often you already have the ingredients in your fridge. We have put together our favourite flavours to give you inspiration, just simply fill up your moulds, pop in a stick and let your freezer do the rest:
- Tasty fruit cordials – (watered down of course – you can use lemonade too if it’s a treat) – apple and blackcurrant, orange, lemon and lime, rhubarb and orange, pear and elderflower, raspberry and orange, peach and raspberry, summer fruits.
- Fresh fruit juice – apple, orange, tropical, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, cranberry.
- Add some texture and include cut up fruits mixed into your fruit juice, cordial or plain yoghurt – raspberries, blueberries, mango, peach, kiwis, grapes – choose your favourites and experiment!
Yoghurt lollies as an alternative to fruit lollies
Yoghurt lollies can be a different type of treat for your little ones, getting them to enjoy their calcium filled desserts in another way. Just simply mix up your flavour with a little milk, add your stick and freeze:
- Flavoured yoghurts – strawberry, raspberry, cherries, vanilla, peach, banana – use yoghurt with jam, fruit chunks or chocolate for extra texture.
- Fromage frais – strawberry, peach, apricot, natural, raspberry, banana – the list is endless.
Often with yoghurts and fromage frais, you can remove the lid, add a stick and pop it straight in the freezer, no need for a mould – how’s that for a quick pudding?!
To add a little more fun into the mix, you could try a ‘two-toned’ ice lolly, half fill your moulds with one flavour and then once frozen add another flavour to give a multi flavoured and coloured lolly. This is fun to experiment with, play with colours and flavours to get your perfect combinations.
Banana is a great fruit to freeze. You can cut a banana in half width ways, push a wooden stick into the cut end and add some melted chocolate or peanut butter to the other end. These are easily placed on a sheet of greaseproof paper and popped into the freezer. Another way to eat bananas is by blending one up with a small amount of honey and milk, then pop into your clever moulds and freeze.
Why not simply freeze fruits? It is a different way of eating them, and it will be sure to keep your children cool when the humidity is high. Our personal favourites are watermelons, kiwis and mango. Experiment with your favourite fruits and see what your little critics say.
If you have a bit more time on your hands, try these luxurious BBC Good Food lollies that you’ll be sure to want for your own:
- Tropical granola lollies – a yummy combination of mango, bananas and coconut milk dipped in dark chocolate and topped with crunchy granola.
- Sunshine lollies – delicious, low calorie treat that is vegan, gluten-free and one of your 5 a day! Including carrots, oranges and satsumas.
- Creamy avo lollies – a sure hit with avo lovers! A tasty mixture of avocado, lime, yoghurt, vanilla and honey.
- Frozen berry & gingernut yogurt pops – if you like cheesecake, you’ll love these! Keep cool this summer with a mixture of gingernut biscuits, condensed milk, berries and yoghurt.
- Strawberry milk pops – low in fat, still with the creamy flavour. A tasty combination of fresh strawberries, milk and condensed milk.
We hope you enjoy our tasty, but healthy ideas to keep your kids cool over the summer holidays. We’d love to know if you experiment with any new flavours and how they turned out.
While your kids are busy enjoying their tasty treats, be sure to be preparing for the back to school rush by labelling all things back to school with our handy labels – view our range. From clothing, to lunch boxes, from pencil cases to shoes – we have a label for it!