Keep kids hydrated naturally & easily with these Berry Hydrating Popsicles! Delicious, fun, no added sugar & refreshing to enjoy on a hot summer day!Jump to Recipe
TNNers, I’m not going to lie. This recipe was a bit of a whim.
I didn’t PLAN to shoot it, share it, or heck even make it! It was a recipe made in a moment of necessity and seemed far too useful to keep only to myself. I mean, after all, we mamas and papas have help each other out! Parenting is a team sport, for sure.
On one incredibly early morning when I had to be to work at the crack of dawn, I was peeling my daughter out of her bed to stick in the car to start her day. When, suddenly, her stomach hit the repeat button on dinner from the night before and we clearly were not going to be going anywhere but back into bed with a bucket in hand. The stomach bug, my most dreaded enemy in motherhood, had clearly invaded my house. Oh no.
Tummy bugs are wildly dehydrating. All that “repeat” or “fast forward” action zaps the body of all the fluids it needs to heal, thus making staying hydrated vital to a quick recovery. But, how the bloody hell do you do that when your little one doesn’t A) want to drink anything and B) can barely keep anything down!?! The answer is small, slow increments of an extra nourishing fluid.
Why these hydrating popsicles are awesome!
- You have to enjoy them slower than a glass of liquid. Popsicles are great for rehydrating a sick or hot kiddo (or adult) slow because as the slow melt doesn’t overburden an ailing tummy, yet the fluids get into your kiddo at a slow and steady pace.
- These are all natural. Most popsicles that you buy in stores are full of add sugar, artificial food dyes, and other things that are not going to do a hurting tummy any good and generally something we skip as a family when we can. So, I stopped buying those suckers long ago and just make my own popsicles for all occasions, treat or treatment.
- Super easy! Just 2 ingredients! And if you don’t have a popsicle mold, not to fear! Here is how you can make popsicles without one!
- They are icy cold AND refreshing! Perfect for a fever or a hot day!
- They naturally replenish electrolytes. Coconut water is loaded with potassium and healthy fats . And the berries add a low-sugar punch of sweetness and flavor to the pop to make it a bit more interesting.
While these hydrating popsicles were inspired by illness, they are excellent for keeping on hand to enjoy during the hot summer months when kiddos run a considerably higher risk of dehydrating quicker! I’ve made multiple other batches since the tummy bug left our house (don’t let the door hit you, jerk) just to enjoy while basking in some sunshine fun or a healthy dessert or after school snack. They are refreshing, all natural, slightly sweet, and easy as easy comes.
- Enjoy as a slushy! Need a boost of rehydrating NOW and no time for hydrating popsicles to freeze? Just use frozen berries, coconut water and a blender to make a hydrating slushy to sip on in a flash.
- Make them without a popsicle mold. Here is how!
- Replace the berries with another favorite fruit! I like watermelon, lemon or lime!
- Add a little natural sweetness. If you little or you prefers something on the sweeter side, add 1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup to the hydrating popsicle mixture before freezing.
Other natural popsicle recipes to keep you cool and hydrated.
- Super Healthy Fudge Pops (with added veggies!)
- Refreshing Strawberry + Basil Ice Pops
- Frozen Watermelon “Popsicles”
- Healthy Tropical Creamsicles (with Veggies!)
Berry Hydrating Popsicles
- popsicle mold
- 1 3/4 cup coconut water look for a brand that is just coconut water. This is the kind I used
- 1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) berries. I’ve used raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries so far
- Put the berries into a bowl. Using a fork or potatoes masher, smoosh (yes, I said smoosh) the berries until their juices are released.
- Using a spoon, evenly distribute the berries into 6 popsicle molds.
- Fill each Popsicle mold with the coconut water. Insert stick and let set in freezer for 4-6 hours.
- Once frozen, pop out and enjoy on a hot day or when you need it!