Watermelon Popsicles

20130529-204854.jpgIt seems that watermelon is always a surefire “treat” for kids. I think it’s the novelty of holding that big slice and placing their whole head into that chunk, and then having juice drip from the chin to the elbows. I brought watermelon slices to Joel’s preschool class for their end-of-the-year party, we headed to the picnic tables and all the kids had juice streaming onto their shirts. Then I later watched a teacher struggle to make green and red sherbet look like a watermelon. Hmmmm… Struggle to feed them junk, or just slice and serve them complete and natural goodness? I’ll take the latter, and I bet most kids would too!

This observation did fuel my imagination though, and I came up with these healthy “watermelon” popsicles.

For the green “rind”:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups loosely packed spinach
  • 2 T apple juice concentrate
  • 1-2 T water (to get the blender moving if necessary)

Place in a blender and divide among the popsicle holders filling them about 1/4 full. Freeze for at least one hour.

For the “watermelon”:

  • 2 cups red fruit (we used strawberries because the watermelon looked a bit dry at the store 😦  )
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup 100% red fruit juice
  • a scattering of mini chocolate chips

Place fruit and juice into blender. Add more juice if needed. Pull green popsicles out of the freezer. Pour the red fruit blend onto the frozen green popsicles. Drop mini chocolate chips into each popsicle. Freeze and enjoy later!