Sweet Potato says… why can’t popsicles be breakfast?

These days it’s been too hot to even think about cooking. Why not try these healthy popsicles for breakfast?

Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh 0

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If currying favour with your own children by blowing their minds with popsicles at 7 a.m. is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. Yes, you read that correctly: The healthy food blogger doles out frozen treats for breakfast. And, man alive, do my kids love it. To say that it’s hot in Toronto right now would be to wildly understate the sweatiness of it all. This week it’s been 25 degrees outside before you’ve brushed your teeth. So, while I’d give my kids a frozen treat as a snack any time on a sizzling hot day, why not start the day with one?

Seriously, beyond shocking my kids that I must have got up on the very best side of the bed, why not? I make creamsicles that are basically frozen smoothies and popsicles that are almost entirely juice. Frozen treats are a really fun in-the-kitchen project to get kids involved with, plus it’s an admittedly sneaky way to get a couple of extra servings of fruit into them. And if they end up thinking you’re the best Mom or Dad ever as a result? Well, who is going to say no to that?
 
Peach-cicles
4 cups pitted fresh peaches?
1/2 cup whipping cream?
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
 
Method
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

2. After washing your peaches, make a small X on the top of each with a knife. This will make it easier to take the skin off later.

3. Carefully place the peaches in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain them into the sink and immediately fill the sink with cold water. Once the peaches are cool enough to handle, slip the skins off and slice them in half, making it easy to pull out the pits.
 
4. Place the peaches in a blender or food processor in small batches and puree. Pour the puree out into a bowl. Add the cream and yogurt and combine well.

5. Pour the puree into your popsicle molds, leaving about a half inch of space at the top. Depending on your popsicle mold situation this may make two batches. The puree can sit in the fridge for a couple of days if need be. Freeze until firm — at least 3 hours or about 300 are-they-ready-yets.
 
Want some more ways to stay cool this summer? More recipes from sweetpotatochronicles.com:

Pineapple Raspberry Rockets
Really, any combination of light and dark coloured fruit purees will give you the rocket-effect but we love this mash-up.

Chocolate and Coconut Banana Pops
OK, perhaps the chocolate makes these more of an afternoon snack but the combo of frozen bananas and coconut is not to be missed!

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