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This post is sponsored by Silk Almond Blends.

Is it hot where you are? It’s July. I live in North Carolina. That means that it’s basically scorching every single day. But I’m not complaining because I love the heat and loathe the winter. Bring on the sweat!

 

Every single day, we fill up the baby pool and all get in. It’s getting to be a tight squeeze, though…

I have a fun – and super easy – recipe to share with you guys, but first, I want to ask a question. What nutrients do you feel are most important in your diet? Or – to phrase it another way – when you’re eating for health, what do you pay most attention to?

 

Now that I’m not just eating ‘for me’ – and I’m trying to raise a healthy eater in Henry – I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I’m sure that everyone reading this is BUSY-BUSY-BUSY in their own way, whether it’s with work or school or kids or eldercare or some crazy combination of all of the above. Truthfully, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by trying to make healthy choices while juggling all my responsibilities. It’s not easy to always eat well! So I’ve simply been asking myself, "What are my priorities?" And I go from there. Because if I’m eating in line with my priorities at least 80% of the time, I think I’m doing a good job!

 

My priorities are:

 

Eating real food with a focus on plants, vegetarian protein, and healthy fats

Eating a variety of foods, notably lots of different veggies and fruits

Eating foods that are easy and fun to prepare

… Especially that last point – because if food isn’t fun, I probably won’t eat it!

I was really excited to try Silk’s new Almond Coconut Blend (which comes in unsweet and sweet varieties – yay!) because, while I normally buy almond milk, I really like the taste of coconut milk. The blend of the two is crazy delicious – I’ve been using my carton to jazz up everything from smoothies to tea to overnight oatmeal.

 

I’ve also used it to make Henry’s favorite popsicle recipe with outstanding results! I really love making these homemade popsicles because they fulfill so many of my food priorities – they’re real food, they’re packed with fruit (from strawberries) plus protein and healthy fats (from the chunky peanut butter), and they are really, really fun to make and eat.

Click through for the recipe.

So – I like CHUNKY popsicles the most. Ones with big pieces of real fruit. This popsicle has a really great texture and encourages BIG BITES – not tiny licks. And, like I said, it’s super healthy and fun. Henry actually gets one of these popsicles every single day when I take him on a stroller walk/run – I just make him wear a giant towel as a bib. :)

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles

 

Ingredients (makes four popsicles):

  • 2 cups (heaping) frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Silk Almond Coconut Blend (Unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter

Directions:

  • Place frozen strawberries in a bowl and set outside in the sun for 10 minutes so they thaw slightly.
  • Using a blender, pulse the strawberries until a chunky mixture forms.
  • Scoops strawberries out of blender. Using a spoon, mix in the Almond Coconut Blend and chunky peanut butter.
  • Pour popsicle mix into popsicle molds and refrigerate for several hours before serving. Hint – to free the frozen popsicles from the mold, place the mold in lukewarm water for a few minutes, then try pulling them out.

What are your food priorities, and how do you keep healthy eating fun and easy?

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. You can head over their Facebook page and get a coupon for 75 cents off any carton of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. Thanks, as always, for the support!

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  • Kathleen Ojo @ My Ojos July 9, 2014, 3:49 pm

    I love PB&J ANYTHING so I will definitely be trying this one… for my daughter, of course. Right. Ahem.

    Lately I’ve been living mostly grain, gluten, and sugar free, and it’s really made me reevaluate my priorities. I used to focus on getting an equal balance of everything on my plate – carbs (sometimes refined, sometimes not), protein, and fruits and veggies. Now I focus a LOT more on how many veggies I can pack onto my plate with every single snack and meal. I don’t worry at all about carbs (which I get 100% through fruits and veggies) and am making a concentrated effort to add more healthy fats into my diet (in the forms of coconut and olive oils, ghee, avocados, and nuts). It must be working, I feel amazing even in the midst of marathon training!

    I have a 2-year-old and while I don’t force my dietary choices on her (her dad still eats a healthy diet that includes grains and dairy) I find that she naturally gravitates towards high fat, high protein foods along with fruits and vegetables. I’m really trying to encourage that and introduce her to a variety of healthy foods, while keeping the refined carbs and sweets for treats and not every day meal staples.

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  • Katie@LifesNextBigStep July 9, 2014, 4:13 pm

    these made my mouth water. they look SO GOOD!

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  • sally mae July 9, 2014, 4:30 pm

    I just made strawberry mango popsicles using coconut milk and they are delicious!! I will have to try this next time seeing as I love anything with nut butter in it! :)

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  • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } July 9, 2014, 5:20 pm

    I’ve been drinking Silk almond milk for years but had no idea they had a coconut blend out. I’m a huge coconut water fan so I’m definitely going to pick some up next time I’m in the store!

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  • Traci July 9, 2014, 10:51 pm

    Looks yummy! My priorities are eating a good balance of produce, good fats, good carbs, and no major restrictions. It’s all about balance.

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  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna July 10, 2014, 1:27 am

    these look delicious!! i have a bag of frozen strawberries and some almond milk in my fridge right now, so hopefully will be making them soon (just need to get a popsicle mold)!

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  • Tammy July 10, 2014, 8:27 am

    they look delicious! I sometimes make them with cucumber and mint but my kids would prefer yours.

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  • Preeti July 10, 2014, 8:44 am

    Hi Caitlin! Great recipe! I am a long time reader :-) My daughter is 12 months and I was wondering if you could post some meals you prepare for Henry. Just looking for some ideas outside of the baby food/cereal i have been feeding her.

    I find myself relying on the freezer section for healthy, easy foods. Especially any trader joes frozen meal. Veggies are key in my diet and i focus a lot of my attention to getting as much of them on my plate as i can!

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  • Laura@SneakersandSpatulas July 10, 2014, 8:59 am

    Sounds yummy and easy! Will have to try the recipe!

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  • Jackie July 10, 2014, 1:07 pm

    These sound to die for!

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  • Kathy July 10, 2014, 9:16 pm

    Those look so good…definitely going to try them! I’d say my priorities are to get enough fibre, eat enough protein (which is tough being a vegetarian who’s allergic to eggs) and always trying to up the veggies…which seems odd for a vegetarian but it’s easy to fall into the toast and rice trap

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    • Caitlin July 11, 2014, 9:17 am

      Haha it most definitely is!

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  • Kevin Freeman July 11, 2014, 4:23 am

    Hello Caitlin! Thanks for this good and healthy recipe. I’m sure my kids will enjoy them not knowing it’s not their regular kind of popsicle they’re used to eating. I love it that you can innovate daily food to something good for our body. I’m tired of my kids always asking me to buy junk foods. Keep it up!

    Kayla

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