Getting Outside & Chocolate Fudge-sicles! (W/ a Secret Veggie Inside!)

Sometimes we get stuck in a mommy-rut…

Dishes, laundry, potty-training, needed to shower but needing to workout, cooking dinner, etc etc…It’s easy to say, “Who has time to leave the house and play?”

I was totally inspired when I was reading THIS post from Missy’s blog Pink Pistachio, about getting out with our children at least once a day and playing! Too many times it’s easy to stay home and turn on a movie while you finally tackle that laundry. It’s easy to serve a quick lunch on your dinning room table, instead of a picnic outside, so you can get those clean dishes put away.

And sometimes…You just haven’t showered and the outside world should definitely never ever see you with greasy dirty hair.

It’s easy to say, “Oh, but we were outside today! We went on a walk” A walk in the stroller, while one kid slept and the other dabbled on your phone…

Exercise and play time is JUST as important for adults as it is for kids.

Whether it’s a picnic outside, a train ride at the mall, throwing pennies into a fountain, or simply drawing chalk on the sidewalk…Step away from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, or if you are like us it’s all about the movie Tangled, and say hello to the outside world and Play!

Who knows…You toddler might be so excited and full of energy, they may go crazy and full out dance in the middle of H&M for everyone to see!

Then when you come home you can laugh, be silly, and stuff your face with chocolate ‘fidgesicle’ popsicles!

Chocolate Fudge-sicles
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Similar to the original fudge-sicles where eating one is just not enough. Only difference, these aren't pumped with sugar...and they contain beets! Great way to enjoy a sweet treat, and eat some veggies all at the same time!
Serves: 3-4 large popsicles
  • ⅓ c. non dairy milk, or other milk of choice
  • ⅓ c. greek yogurt
  • ¼ c. honey
  • ¼ c. steamed beets
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder
  • 1 banana
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, poor into popsicle molds, then freeze in freezer until done. (may be a few hours or overnight!)

We recently added a new member to out kitchen family, the Zoku Pop Maker! Reason number 457 why we love it:

It makes popsicles under TEN minutes! It’s perfect for those impromptu, “I want a popsicle’ moments!

Another bonus to getting outside and playing:

A long nap afterward…

Of coarse followed by a 10 o’clock bedtime.

Now…Go outside and get some fresh air!


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  1. Hi Ari,

    I stumbled across your website when my friend Kari posted your no bake energy granola bars recipe on her website. I made them the other day and they were absolutely delicious!!! My daughter asks to eat them all the time now! I’m really trying to turn over a new leaf with eating more nutritious foods and feeding my children ages 3, 2 and 7 weeks healthier foods as well. Sine having seen your website- I AM OBSESSED with it! I love all of your posts and this one especially hit home today because I have those two high energy kids who always want to go outside and play! You’ve inspired me (once again) to take time EVERYDAY to play with my kids outside. I live in Hawaii- I SHOULD be outside everyday right?!?! Anyway, just wanted to say hello and that I can’t wait for your next recipe! Popsicles coming right up for my kids!! No more high sugar pre packaged ice pops!!!!!!!!!!!!


    BTW- your girls are adorable!

    • Hi May!
      I LOVE Kari, we are actually related! 🙂 I am so glad you and your family are enjoying the granola bars. They are definitely a yummy treat to have in the pantry! I’m giving you a virtual high-five for doing an awesome job to make healthy decisions for your family. I know it’s hard, so keep up the great work! 🙂
      And let me just say I am totally jealous of your living situation, I would be out everyday! 🙂 But I will say i did live in san diego for years, and I didn’t get out much. It’s weird how you might live in an amazing place and never explore it. I regret it now though, since I don’t live there anymore!

      Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! Have a great weekend!

      • Yeah, Kari told me you guys were related!! Very cool! Ah, I love San Diego! I used to live there too! Miss it!

        Virtual high-five back!


  2. hmm popsicle with beets?? this sounds very interesting!! a must try!! and i love that popsicle maker!! i gotta get me one!! awesome 🙂
    glad you had a great day with your kiddos!!

  3. Oh my goodness, I cannot wait to make these! Now I’ve just got to buy myself a popsicle mold 🙂 Thanks for sharing such a healthy and creative take on the original fudge-sicle!

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