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Homemade popsicles save my sanity each summer. They are my number one summer parenting must-have. A pool? Nah. Bubbles? They’re so last year. A garden hose? Not essential. All you really need to survive summer with kids are homemade popsicles. Here’s why…
1

They're healthy

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You know what you can put into a homemade popsicle? Anything. And that means healthy stuff. All our homemade popsicles are a combination of fruits and veggies. If you use a fruit base such as apple, oranges or pineapple you can pack a truckload of green veggies in. Up to you whether you lie about it or not.

2

They sweeten the deal (or classic bribery)

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Kid doesn’t want to leave the park? There is a popsicle waiting at home. Suddenly going home doesn’t sound so horrible. There is no sweeter deal than a popsicle — and considering that they are actually healthy (see reason #1) you won’t feel as guilty about it.

3

They're cheap

Do you know how much a box of frozen treats at the market costs? I don’t know, but I think it is probably more than free.

"Our popsicles are often made from rejected fruit... so they are technically free."

Our popsicles are often made from rejected fruit (you know, the ones with blemishes that only children can see?) so they are technically “free” since the fruits would have otherwise been trashed. I keep a container in the freezer for the fruit rejects and the half-eaten bananas. These make their way into smoothies or juices and yep, homemade popsicles.

4

The silence

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Do you know what sound a child makes when they are eating a popsicle? None. They are too busy eating it before it melts. If you work from home or otherwise need to make an important phone call but you know that the minute you do the volume of the children will increase tenfold, apply a prophylactic popsicle. You can also use this trick when you just desperately need five minutes of silence. Repeat as necessary.

5

They keep kids hydrated

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Did your kids eat nothing but homemade popsicles all afternoon? Well, look at the bright side -- they are hydrated! It is very important to keep children hydrated in the hot summer. Popsicles do this because they are awesome. You should thank them.

Make and eat popsicles. You and your kids will be happier. And really, this is what summer is all about.

About the author:

Amber Dusick - Crappy PicturesAmber Dusick is one of our SheKnows Experts. She is the author of the bestselling humor book Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures. She writes and illustrates the blog Crappy Pictures where she captures the hilarious and frustrating things that happen in marriage and parenting. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Comments on "5 Reasons homemade popsicles save my summer"

Amber July 26, 2013 | 8:55 PM

I don't generally use recipes, I just toss whatever I have on hand in the blender. Strawberries, bananas, oranges, kale, spinach etc. Any green smoothie or green juice recipe works as a popsicle as long as it has some fruit for sweetness.

taylor July 24, 2013 | 4:19 AM

Can you recommend any sites with good recipes? The popsicles I make are very hard- like ice cubes made of fruit juice. I'd love to find a recipe that makes a more authentic texture, like the Edy's or Dole bars.

Denise July 23, 2013 | 12:10 PM

I bought that fruit juice with veggies in it and my kids said it tasted yucky. I poured that same juice right into our popsicle molds and the kids couldn't get enough of them! Just don't tell them where they came from!

Cheri July 23, 2013 | 12:00 PM

I make homemade popsicles from leftover vegan pudding. I use ripe mangoes x5, soft tofu & tsp of vanilla. Put in blender. Eat as much as you can and freeze the rest. You can really use any fruit. It's nice and creamy.

Melissa July 23, 2013 | 11:51 AM

Recipes please! Juice or water added? Fruit/veggie ratio? Awesome combos you've stumbled across?

Amy July 23, 2013 | 11:16 AM

I make homemade "fudgecicles" with blended frozen bananas and cocoa powder. Yum!

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