It was only day 2 as a mother of two and I was already failing miserably. Being a new Mom is hard and scary, but when you're second comes along, those feelings are only amplified. However, what you learn very quickly as a Mom is that popsicles make almost everything better! And these Sugar-free Fruit Popsicles are the BEST because they are not only sugar-free, they are zero food waste and zero (0) Weight Watchers points on the blue plan! The bonus is that you get to use up your overripe and spoiling fruit!
I had only given birth less than 48 hours before and yet, here I was, at the park with my toddler son and husband. And as my 22 month old came careening over the side of the slide, little did I know, I was about to embark on one of the biggest trips of my life - the guilt trip.
Another thing you learn very quickly as a Mom is that motherhood is one very long guilt trip. You will eventually feel guilty about pretty much everything. And that includes food and whether you are feeding your kids healthy enough. But one food you don't have to feel guilty about is these ww popsicles. Your typical popsicle is full of sugar, as are popsicles made with juice. So, I've made these zero food waste, pure fruit popsicles with my spoiling and/or leftover fruit. Sugar-free + zero food waste + zero weight watchers points = guilt-free! And that is one good feeling! Because there's very little guilt-free in motherhood.
💭What to do with overripe fruit?
Although you may buy lots of fresh fruit with the best intentions of eating it, life gets busy! Have you ever come home to this? It happens to me all the time.... my oranges are shrivelled, apples are decaying, bananas are overripe (I am picky and only like them up to a certain point) and strawberries are starting to develop mold. Just cut off the bad stuff and stick the leftover good fruit in the food processor!
I hate food waste and I feel like I deal with too much of it. So, if you've ever wondered what to do with overripe fruit, make these homemade pure fruit popsicles or fruit ice pops. Not only do they save on waste, they are better for you! And if you have a lot of apples to use up, be sure to check out my WW Friendly Apple Cinnamon Topping! It's great on everything from pancakes to yogurt!
On the Weight Watchers blue program, fresh fruits have 0 points, including:
You can make them in regular popsicle moulds or you can make them in ice cube trays (add large toothpicks to ice cube trays) if desired.
💭 Top tip
Use the cubes for smoothies! Simply freeze the pureed fruit in ice cube trays (without toothpicks) and then transfer the cubes to a ziplock freezer bag for storage. Then whenever you want a smoothie, just pull out as many cubes as you need. It's more economical than buying frozen fruit and super healthy!
We ended up at the Children's hospital with my son that afternoon. Maybe it's because I had only given birth to his sister the day before or because I hadn't had a decent sleep in at least 2 years, but I wasn't on my game. And although I was standing right beside the slide, as he came flying over the edge, I just couldn't move fast enough to reach him before he slammed onto the pavement below. And then the snot and tears set in...
And it wasn't just the boy's snot and tears that DH had to deal with, I couldn't stop blubbering. Although I was pretty emotional to begin with, it was the guilt that got me. I was already a Mom, so guilt was not a new concept to me, but this experience took it to an entirely new level.
However, I now realize that my son's tears probably had more do with him feeding off of my extreme distress and panic, than being really hurt. This became pretty obvious when, not long after our arrival at the Children's, they gave him a popsicle and miraculously, everything was all better in his world.
Since you already have enough to feel guilty about, you shouldn't have to feel guilty about wasting food and money as well. So, when life gives you spoiling fruit, make healthy popsicles!
See, popsicles really do make everything better!
AND... if you are looking for more frozen summer treats that prevent food waste, give my Coconut Lime Nice Cream a try. You get to use up all those overripe bananas, it's vegan, super healthy and as an added bonus, it has rum in it!
OR my 5 Minute Weight Watchers friendly Rocky Road Froyo Bark can extend the life of your yogurt that's just about to expire!
📋 Sugar-free Pure Fruit Popsicles Recipe
- 4 cups over ripe/ spoiling fruit (approximately) I use apples, canteloupe, bananas, oranges, plums, strawberries - any fruit I have that is going bad
- 1 cup frozen blueberries or mixed berries
- Cut off bruised, spoiled parts of fruit.
- Place in food processor.
- Add frozen berries
- Puree until smooth.
- Pour into popsicle molds or ice cube trays (add large toothpicks to ice cube trays as shown in next photo) if desired.
- Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight (until solid).