During the wintertime, I have a battle to get fruits into my kids.  Fresh fruits are almost always not an option as my kids tend to like the “good” fruit of summer and fall, and not the grown-in-a-greenhouse crop of winter.  So, I look for ways to get fruity things into my kids without adding a whole bunch of extra sugar.

Fruitsicles are one of our favorite things to make during the winter months.  Granted, we live in the South, and we have balmy days during the wintertime that make popsicle eating quite normal, but even in chilly weather, kids are bound to love this snack.  And, if it is cold outside, perhaps their fruitsicle won’t melt as quickly!  This recipe is easy enough for any child to at least help, if not create, on his or her own.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup strawberry yogurt (the one with the fruit chunks in it!)
1 cup orange juice (we use pulp-free, but any orange juice will do)
1.5 cups raspberry or cranberry juice
8 paper cups
foil
8 popsicle sticks

Fill small paper cups with equal amounts of yogurt.  Make sure that it is spread evenly on the bottom.  Cover the cups with foil.  Poke a popsicle stick through the foil and into the yogurt.  Set the cups in the freezer for about 40 minutes or until the popsicles begin to set.  Lift off the foil, being careful to leave the sticks in place.  Pour equal amounts of orange juice in each cup.  Cover again with foil and place in freezer until firm, about 40 minutes.  Repeat with the second juice.  Freeze about 4 hours or overnight until solid.  Peel away the paper cups to serve.  Makes 8 popsicles.