I’m sharing ways that I ensure my picky eater gets enough fruits and veggies as part of a partnership with PediaSure Sidekicks. While compensation was received, my opinions on the awesomeness of NEW PediaSure Sidekicks Fruit and Veggies Smoothie Mixes are my own.
School’s out for summer! Sing along with me now. Most of you mamas totally know the song and if you’re like me you’re doing a happy dance that it’s officially summertime! In our home, images of mornings at the pool, afternoons at the park and evenings playing on the porch are dancing through our heads. But let me tell you, for little boys summer fun is tiring! While my little guy would never admit that all his favorite activities wear him down, I can see it in his eyes. And while our summer fun keep us on the go, I know that especially during these months when he is so active, I need to ensure he’s getting the nutrients he needs!
Now, you may remember me sharing with you last month that I have discovered a NEW secret weapon in the war on picky eaters with Pediasure Sidekicks Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Mix. And since I discovered how easy it was to give my preschooler the nutrients he needs to fill in his diet in a form that he loves, I’ve been pretty much going crazy trying new ways to make eating fruits and veggies fun! While I’ve been making my fair share of smoothies and starting many a day with our new kid-friendly Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Pancakes recipe, now that the warm weather is here I decided it was time to turn my preschooler’s favorite smoothie mix into a cool summer treat!
Now, why did I want to add Pediasure Sidekicks Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Mix to my frozen pops? Well, it’s pretty simple. With our busy summer schedule it’s difficult for me to get the fruits and veggies my son needs into his diet. And while the smoothie mix combined with milk is a quick, easy and delicious way to ensure that is getting fiber, calcium, Vitamin D and potassium, I wanted to find a way to make it even more fun for him to balance his diet when it’s hot outside.
What You Will Need:
3 and 1/2 Cups of Low Fat Strawberry Milk
1 and 1/4 Cup of Condensed Milk
I decided to make two different varieties of frozen pops with my Pediasure Sidekicks Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Mix, one with pieces of fruit added and one that was just a creamy and delicious smoothie-rific treat. Since the basic mix was the same for both of these, I started by adding my strawberry milk and condensed milk to a large bowl.
Next I added three scoops of Pediasure Sidekicks Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Mix.
Then all that was left to do was whisk together the base for my frozen pops until it was a smooth and even consistency.
With my frozen pop mix ready, I prepared my molds. Since I wanted to make two different types of frozen pops, I used two different molds, one that was small and one that was larger, allowing me to add fruit to each pop. With my molds prepared, it was as simple as pouring in my prepared mix.
I filled each mold to the top with my creamy mixture and then placed the tops of the pops in place.
And that was it for my first set of simple pops! They were ready to go in the freezer and be transformed into delicious, creamy frozen pops that were filled with strawberries, bananas, apples and sweet potatoes from the Pediasure Sidekicks Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Mix!
Knowing that this special summer treat was packed full of nutrients my little guy need made me extra happy and the fact that they were in frozen pop form got him excited in an extra big way!
With my first set of frozen pops nestled in the freezer, I decided to make a second batch, using sliced strawberries and bananas in the pops for extra fruit flavor. I set out my larger molds and allowed my little guy to add slices of fruit to each one.
Then I again poured my base mixture over the fruit, filling the molds, and placed the handles onto them.
These fruit filled pops took their place in the freezer next to their simple and creamy cousin and all that was left to do was wait for our summer treats to freeze to perfection!
Twelve hours later, I removed both sets of frozen pops from the freezer, ran warm water over the outside to loosen the pops from the molds and pulled each one out. And I have to say they turned out more beautiful and delicious that I could have imagined.
The simple pops were creamy and delicious and the perfect way to sneak in fruits and veggies on warm summer afternoons. And since we so often spend afternoons on the porch enjoying the beautiful weather, they were a great addition to our summer schedule and a fun way to add key nutrients to my preschooler’s diet!
But I also still had the fruit filled pops and wanted to ensure that we enjoyed those as well! As I popped them out of the molds, I could see glimmers of the fruit that was nestled inside and I knew that they were just going to be over the top delicious.
As the creaminess of the smoothie was eaten away, we were left with frozen pieces of strawberry and banana that presented the perfect way to cool off and was a great addition to the fruits and veggies our frozen pops already boasted from the addition of the Pediasure Sidekicks Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Mix!
As I watched my little guy enjoy his frozen pop that he truly felt was a delightful treat, I couldn’t help but smile knowing that while I had created something that screamed summer fun, I had also found a way to add nutrients he needs into a package that he adores!
I’m sure we’ll be enjoying both delicious varieties of our Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Frozen Pops all summer long. But even more than that, I’ll enjoy knowing that while my son may not get enough of the fruits and veggies he needs from his regular diet, I’ve got great ways to ensure that he does still get them in a form he can’t get enough of!
If you’re ready to start making summer favorites that deliver the nutrients your kids need, be sure to pick up PediaSure Sidekicks Fruit and Veggies Smoothie Mix and start whipping up your own creations! Then connect with PediaSure on Facebook to find more fun ways to please even the pickiest eater!
Then tell me, which of my Frozen Smoothie Pop varieties would your family get excited for?