When my kids are sick, I really try to push the fluids. They will almost always eat popsicles. So why not create a popsicle replacement for Gatorade and Pedialyte? This couldn’t come at a better time since everyone is going back to school. Let’s face it, that is where the kids bring home most of their sickness. Especially around the age that my girls are.
According to Livestrong, “The body depends on electrolytes such as, chloride, sodium, potassium and magnesium.” You can get these things in nature with no need for synthetic drinks like Gatorade and Pedialyte. Milk (in my case we used oat milk), can provide calcium and protein. One banana contains about 422 mg of potassium and 32 mg of magnesium. Coconut water contains small amounts of sugar and also sodium that the body needs to replenish electrolytes. Lemons contain calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace amounts of sodium making them perfect for natural electrolyte replacement. I chose to do mine in a popsicle form because most kids will soothe a sore throat with a popsicle. If you want to give these pops an added boost, you can add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Cinnamon and raw honey mixed together can help a cold. You can also skip the popsicle molds and serve this as a drink too.
As you can see here, they are kid approved. This is how we roll in the Texas heat!
Electrolyte Replenishing Popsicles
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup milk (I used oat milk, but any milk will do)
- 1 banana
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 T raw honey !(If you have a child less than 2 years old, please do not use honey. Sugar can be a good substitute.)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Mix everything together in a blender and blend for 2 minutes.
- Pour into popsicle molds .
- After about 6 hours they should be ready to eat.
I got 5 pops out of my recipe. That’s it. Enjoy!
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