Summertime is for eating Popsicles, at least, that’s the way kids think. My grandchildren will choose a Popsicle above all things sweet and delicious. It’s never too early to teach children healthy habits. Too much sugar overtime will cause insulin issues which translate into a myriad of health problems.
Of course, children aren’t able to choose the kinds of treats available in the home, it’s the parents that make those decision. If you want healthy children, parents need to practice healthy eating too.
The Lemon Lavender sugar-free Popsicle is a treat that tastes sweet without the sugar.
Lemon Lavender Sugar-Free Popsicles
Plastic popsicle holders (if unavailable, use small plastic cups)
If using small plastic cups, you’ll need plastic wrap and wooden popsicle sticks
Eight to 10 lemons
Four or five sprigs of fresh lavender
¾ cup honey
Two cups of water
Steep water, honey, and lavender in a pot over the stop on medium low temperature. Tilt a lid over the pot (like you’re steeping brewed tea)
Once the honey has dissolved and you can taste the lavender in the mixture(discard the lavender), remove from the heat and set aside until it cools (for faster cooling, set in the refrigerator or add a piece of ice).
Squeeze the lemon juice from the lemons (should make approximately one cup).
After the honey mixture has cooled, add the fresh, squeezed lemon juice
Take the plastic molds for the Popsicle and evenly disperse. If you’re using small plastic cups, once you’ve added the liquid, place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top and stick a wooden popsicle stick through the plastic and into the liquid.
Let the Popsicles freeze overnight. Next day, you have Lemon-Lavender Popsicles. The freezing method could be used for any flavor, as well as, the simple sugar method of using honey as opposed to pure cane sugar. When removing the Popsicle from the mold, simply run under warm water.
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