This post is sponsored by Go & Grow by Similac®.
Keeping toddlers hydrated can be a challenge! Most toddlers don’t want to interrupt their playtime to stop and take a drink. The key to keeping them hydrated on hot summer days is to make it fun! These fresh fruit popsicles combine two ingredients to keep kids hydrated and cool!
I have found the secret to keeping my kids hydrated on hot summer days: serving up lots of popsicles! The problem with most popsicles you buy at the store is that they are loaded with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Rather than serving up sugar water to my kids all day, I prefer to go with a healthy, natural option instead! These fresh fruit popsicles are easy to make and your kids will love them!
It’s important to keep kids hydrated because they can become severely dehydrated in a short timespan. They don’t recognize the cues of dehydration on their own because they are often distracted with playtime. The human body is made up of over 70% water, so it is vital to replenish water levels in order to maintain muscle function, joint and brain protection, mood, immune health, digestion and more.
We were at an arts and crafts festival last weekend where it was a steamy 80 degrees and 100% humidity. While waiting in line for lemonade, my toddler Brady decided that lying under this sign, the only shade in sight, was his best option. He was already becoming dehydrated and needed to get something cool to drink!
Keep your kids cool and hydrated this summer with these super easy-to-make fresh fruit popsicles. All you need to make these is:
- popsicle mold
- fresh fruit, sliced
- coconut water
Wash and slice your fresh fruit. You can use any variety of fruit! Leave things like small berries whole. Place the fruit loosely into your popsicle mold. Add coconut water and fill the mold, leaving room at the top for it to expand when it freezes. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
Remove popsicles from molds by running under hot water for a few seconds. Voila! How easy was that? You’ve got a healthy fresh fruit treat that doubles as a hydration delivery system! These are toddler approved too! They taste so yummy! If your toddler is teething, then they double as a great teething relief too!
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- Fresh fruit sliced
- coconut water
- Wash and slice fresh fruit. Leave small berries intact.
- Place fruit in popsicle mold loosely, leaving room for the coconut water in between the spaces of the fruit.
- Add coconut water and fill, leaving enough room at the top for it to expand when it freezes.
- Freeze 4 hours or overnight.
- To remove from popsicle molds simply run under hot water for a few seconds and they'll slide right out!
When my toddler is hydrated, he is happy! Keep kids cool and healthy all summer long with these yummy fresh fruit popsicles!
Want to know another trick I use? Adding Toddler Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™ to my toddler’s favorite foods!
Toddler Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™ add nutrients to your toddler’s favorite foods, such as yogurt, oatmeal, applesauce, mac and cheese, pasta sauce, mashed potatoes, eggs, pancakes, cottage cheese, hummus and much more! Each single-serving packet has 3 g of protein, 3 g of fiber and 13 essential vitamins and minerals. And they are unflavored, so you can just mix them in and instantly add a kick of nutrients to your toddler’s food. If you have a picky toddler, then these are an especially important godsend!
I whipped up this super easy homemade hummus recipe and added in Toddler Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™. Serve it up with some carrot and celery sticks and you’ve got a fun, toddler-friendly snack! We all know how much kids love dipping things, so the appeal here is high! Here is how to make it:
What you need: (5 servings)
1 15-oz can of garbanzo beans
1/3 c tahini paste
1/4 c lemon juice
1 garlic glove, finely chopped
1 packet (8.7g) of Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™
How to make Homemade Hummus:
Blend the first 4 ingredients on low speed in food processor. Combine ¼ cup of prepared hummus with 1 packet (8.7 g) of Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™, and serve to your toddler with veggies or pita bread.
Want the super easy, kid-friendly recipes? Go here! You’ll also find easy recipes for chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, simple spaghetti, cheesy bean quesadilla and fruity oatmeal, all made with Toddler Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™ added in for an extra kick of nutrients.
What tricks do you use to keep your toddler hydrated and healthy?
Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™ and Toddler Drinks are secret weapons for adding nutrition in toddler meals!