Picky, Perspectives and “Pap”sicles

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Every time Madilyn visits my parents house these days she goes right to the freezer.
My dad was caught red handed. He gave my daughter a popsicle one day. She is no dummy. She knows where Pap-Pap keeps them and she keeps on going back begging for more.
I really try my best not to be a health food Nazi but I did secretly cringe at the idea of Madilyn eating that popsicle filled with red food coloring and artificial sugar. My dad says,”It’s sugar free so that is OK, right?” I wanted to go into this lecture about the cons of eating Red 40 and how it could negatively affect his granddaughters behavior and thinking. Oh, as well as all the crap that is in Splenda. I just said, “They are OK in moderation. I’ll make some that you can give her.” Cool. Thanks dad.
I really don’t want to be that crazy, picky mom who freaks the heck out if my baby girl has junk. Junk food every now and then is not going to hurt my child. I get it. There are bigger things to worry about. Just watch TV. The Casey Anthony trial. The Jacee Dugard interview where she talked about her 18 year long kidnapping. Enough said. These stories put things into perspective for me.

A sugar-free popsicle filled with Splenda is not the biggest deal. I just don’t want her to have them every day. I am not a fan of sugar substitutes. They do crazy things to me. I get terrible headaches. I have no idea what they could do to an 18 month old if consumed on a regular basis. Plus, I hate the taste now. I used to be addicted. I used to drink 6 Diet Cokes a day.
So, I decided to make my own popsicles and give my dad a bunch of them. Super easy to make. Now, Madilyn can help herself when she visits Pap-Pap and Nona. Sounds like a win-win for us all.

Blueberry Mint Yogurt “Pap”sicles
makes 8
1 container of fresh blueberries
2 single servings of plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons of honey
1 handful of fresh mint (You know me, gotta throw some greens in!)
Throw all in a blender or Vita Mix. Pour mixture in popsicle molds. Freeze over night and enjoy the next day (outside of course because they may make a mess!).

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  1. I totally agree with you on the addiction of sugar substitutes & headaches from them. These “pap”cicles sound wonderful!!!
    Is there a certain honey that you recommend?? And I have yet to try Greek yogurt it is on my list…recomendation of brand??
    Madilyn is certainly blessed to have such a wonderful mom!!

  2. You are not being a health Nazi… I am the same way… Why give them artificial colors and sugars if there are other alternatives??? I think it took me all of 10 minutes to throw some fruit in a blender, and they froze in a couple of hours, no biggie!!! She doesn’t know the difference, and loved the alternative! I’ll have to try your recipe next time!

  3. I am right there with you! I cringe at the idea of Sam getting into the freezies at Grandma and Grandpa’s, I’d like to go into the freezer and throw them out. I think that is what I will have to do, make some at their house and leave them there! Thanks for the tip! My son’s favorite is the Green Popscicle that we make with Spinach, banana and Pineapple.

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