Watermelon popsicles ice lolly sticks – Perfect healthy snack foods for kids, refreshing and fun to make. Add these to your family snacking list!
This year, I’ve been working with children’s food brand, Organix as one of their “No Junk Mums”. Each month they’ve sent us some products and set us challenges to get us thinking about eating better as a family.
This month we tried some of their product in a fun “Snack Chest” (available from Boots.com). The kids loved the fun packaging and of course the snacks inside.
The Alphabet Biscuits have always been a firm favourite in this house but even more so now that G&H have started school and can recognise lots of the letters. They loved laying these biscuits out and rearranging them to make words. Snack time plus phonics lesson, excellent multi tasking!
Organix have also produced a booklet of advice about toddler diets, called “Taste for Life”. It’s packed with helpful hints and tips for moving on from the initial stages of weaning.
It includes lots of fun and thought provoking ideas to encourage your little ones to try new foods. Our favourite is, and always has been, turning any types of healthy food into a ‘lolly pop’. When my two were younger, I used to pop new foods onto a children’s fork so they could wave it around and eventually have a taste. It’s amazing what a difference this used to make.
So, I thought I’d share with you this simple idea for making watermelon popsicles (or watermelon lollies depending on how much you’ve been on Pinterest!). You can vary the toppings on the watermelon popsicles depending on which stage of weaning you’re at, but here are some ideas:
- Chopped dried fruits like apricots
- Chopped or sliced nuts
- Cacao nibs
- Crumbled Organix biscuits
I have drizzled these watermelon popsicles with yoghurt to keep them healthy, but you could also add a drizzle of chocolate if you wanted to make them more of a treat.
(For very young children, you may want to remove the watermelon seeds.)
Here are some more tips for encouraging your little ones to try new food:
- Make the food into funny shapes, like a face, by taking a bite out of it.
- Eat with lots of sound effects and encourage your little one to do it too, checking if food crunches or squeaks.
- Use cutters to make stars from the food and sing twinkle twinkle little star.
- Cut the food into different shapes, mix them up and then encourage your child to sort them out as they eat them.
- Try hiding new flavours in sauces and soups. Greens make them brilliantly colourful.
- Use new fruits and veggies to make smoothies. These are a really fun way to get heaps of goodness into little ones in one go.
The Watermelon Popsicle recipe:
- A ripe watermelon
- Large lolly sticks
- Slice the watermelon.
- Cut each slice into quarters.
- Carefully cut a slit into the watermelon skin.
- Poke in a lolly stick.
- Drizzle with yoghurt.
- Sprinkle with toppings.
- Serve immediately or freeze for an iced version!
What I used to make the Watermelon Popsicles:
Pin the Watermelon Lolly recipe for later:
Disclosure: This is a post sponsored by Organix although all opinions are my own and improving the diet of our children is a cause I feel strongly about. This post contains affiliate links.