How to make real, whole food, delicious popsicles. Yep, you can have 2.May 20, 2013
There’s a question I feel confronted with daily: What kind of mom am I?
Sometimes I forget to brush my toddler’s teeth.
I bring beans in a kiddie snack cup to the park, my hair in a wet ponytail, no makeup.
On Sunday, I spent 90 minutes taking an advanced yoga class and hit every single arm balance – including some new ones.
What kind of mom am I?
I want to be a cool mom.
I want to be the kind of mom who laughs often with my son and his friends. I want to be involved in his life, know his teachers and cheer at his games. I want to drive him when he needs a lift, and let him get a ride home with a friend because they’re going to stop for pizza. I want to buy my son a gift for no reason, and give him kisses and hugs for every reason. I want to hang back when he’s finding his own way, and be close enough if he chooses to turn around.
A cool mom has her own life though. She’s not just a supporting member of the cast – she’s a real, main character.
I want to be the kind of mom who gets dressed up and looks beautiful, and other times lounges on the couch in sweatpants reading a novel. I want to be the kind of mom who has business decisions and does handstands. Who makes mistakes and admits them, and isn’t afraid to laugh at herself.
A cool mom takes care of business, but isn’t all business.
I want my son to eat those beans instead of chips for a snack. But I also want to take him to get cupcakes on a special occasion. He’ll learn to chop garlic and choose toppings for his tacos. How to balance his checkbook and sing made-up songs. How to be serious, and silly.
I want to be the kind of mom who surprises everyone with popsicles – and they’re homemade. And yes, you can absolutely have 2.
These popsicles are way smarter than the artificially-colored, corn syrup-filled stuff you can buy at the store. And they’re way better than freezing juice (which is mostly just sugar).
Cantaloupe Blueberry Popsicles
Flesh of 1 cantaloupe, blended in food processor until smooth
1 pint berries
Fill popsicle cups with alternating layers of cantaloupe puree and whole berries. Insert sticks and freeze well.
About 5 overripe bananas, blended until smooth (about 1 1/2 cups puree)
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
2-3 Tbl. raw cacao powder
Blend all ingredients and pour into popsicle cups. Insert sticks and freeze well.
Don’t have popsicle molds? They’re pretty easy to find, or you can use an ice cube tray with wood popsicle sticks. Lay a piece of foil over the tray and make small slits for the sticks – that will keep them upright.
This post is part of Ricki’s Wellness Weekend.