As the end of the school year approaches, I ca’t help but get excited for summertime. No more early morning rushing, late night lunchbox packing, shlepping kids in the car all day, etc etc etc. To say the least, I am ready for this school year to be over.
It’s also so ridiculously hot already here in Miami that I am resorting to pool days and home-made popsicles pretty much on the daily. This easy as pie mango-papaya popsicle recipe only has 5 ingredients and will help your kiddos stay cool in that blazing summer heat! They also make after-dinner treats nutritious and delicious!
I always look at deserts, especially something as easy as popsicles, as another way to add in a little nutrition. Who ever said desert can’t be healthy anyway?! I want to teach my kids that sweets can be both good and good for you and I want to teach them the difference between something made with real food ingredients and something fake that was made in a lab.
These popsicles are high in vitamin C, have a dose of healthy fat and as a kicker papaya is great for boosting digestion, something we could all use a bit more of after dinner.
Speaking of digestive health, did you know papayas are chalk-full of digestive enzymes that help us to break down our food and turn it into energy (so much so, that they use papaya to make digestive enzyme supplements)? They also have known benefits for liver health, hormone balance, healthy skin and are full of antioxidants. It really is one of my favorite fruits for those reasons but also because I just find them very refreshing.
Ok enough already about my love for papayas…. Here’s the easy recipe for these delicious summer-time treats I’m sure your kids will love!
Makes 10-12 popsicles
Prep time: 10 minutes
1/2 large papaya (seeds removed)
1 medium mango
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp raw honey (not for kids under the age of 1)
1/3 cup coconut milk (alternatively you can use kefir or full fat yogurt
Remove the seeds and scoop out the fruit into a high speed blender with a spoon. Add all the other ingredients and blend until smooth (add additional coconut milk if needed)
Pour into popsicle molds and wait 4-5 hours until completely frozen.
Made with love,