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THE WONDER OF THE ICE BLOCK

 

 

SUMMER, WINTER, RAIN OR SHINE, THIS FROZEN DELIGHT IS SIMPLE SUBLIME!

 

The wonderous ice block, ice lolly, popsicle, freezer pop, is in my eyes nothing short of magical, and a very clever gentlemen named Frank Epperson of Oakland California brought the ice block to us in the early 1900s and patented his brilliant idea in 1923. So, why do I think they are wonderous?

 

THE BLUEBERRY AND BANANA ICE BLOCK

 

Blueberry and banana Ice blocks are perfect for soothing teething and lowering a temperature.

Having worked as a chef in Early Childhood for a number of years I created the banana and blueberry ice block. I blended together blueberries and bananas with a little water, popped them into a mould with some ice block sticks, and let them freeze over night. In the morning they were ready to be eaten. 

These ice blocks do not drip, how brilliant! So no need for a change of clothes. They have proved to lower a temperature, soothe the pain of teething and are perfect if your child has fallen over or had a bump or scrape as they bring instant comfort. You can confidently give these to children from the age of 5 months.

 

You'll need:

  • 2 cups of blueberries

  • 1 banana

  • ½ – 1 cup of water

Blend the above in a blender until smooth .  Pour into your ice block mould. Add your ice block sticks. Freeze overnight for the best results

 

THE GREEN ICE BLOCK

 

GREEN ICE BLOCKS TO ENSURE YOUR CHILDREN ARE GETTING THE FRUITS AND VEGGIES THEY NEED FOR A HEALTHY DIET! My sister Emily took these frozen delights onto a whole new level on a recent trip to the UK. Lets not forget that I went over for Christmas so we are talking the middle of winter and freezing cold and as always she so inspired me. Rory her son who is a toddler suddenly refused to eat his veggies. Meal times became difficult and frustrating for both of them, until she had a brilliant idea ! Making a vegetable and fruit ice block, genius.

The result was instant, a very happy Rory, and a very relieved and happy Mummy that her son was enjoying his fruits and veggies even though they came in the form of a frozen ice block. To keep this a secret from your toddler we shall simply call it.

 

You'll need:

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 2 ripe kiwi fruit

  • 2 cups of spinach 

  • ½ an avocado

  • A squirt of honey 

  • 1.5 cups of coconut water

Place all the ingredients into a blender, whizz until very smooth, this is really important as your toddler will not like it if there are lumps !! Pour into your ice block mould. Add your ice block sticks and freeze overnight for the best results.

So I have given you ice blocks, for teething and knocks and bumps. Ice blocks for feeding your children veggies, oh yes, and why not make these final ice blocks for a delicious healthy treat that can always be on hand in your freezer. These last ice blocks will give your child a good portion of fruit and the coconut water will also help with hydration and its so much healthier than a bowl of ice cream and just as delicious.

 

RASPBERRY OR STRAWBERRY, MINT AND HONEY ICEBLOCKS

 

You'll need:

  • 2 cups of raspberries or strawberries fresh or frozen are just as good

  • A small bunch of mint

  • 1 cup of coconut water

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into your ice block mould. Add the ice block sticks and freeze overnight for the best results.

I hope you have found this blog helpful, that you feel a little inspired, and I very much look forward to seeing you all again next week.

 

LOVE AND BLESSINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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