No need for store bought, sugar-laden electrolyte drinks when fevers spike or the flu leaves little tummies imbalanced. Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Popsicles for Kids are a healthy and delicious way to restore balance in a fun way that kids will eat.
Citrus Electrolyte Sipper or Popsicle
I don’t know about you but I am always looking for ways to do things homemade and in a healthier way. How many times has the flu invaded your home, out of the blue, catching you completely off guard? Having a recipe for an electrolyte drink that will restore balance to the universe (okay maybe just your home) without having to run to the store is priceless. Children want you by their side when they are sick, not running off to the store.
Besides, electrolyte drinks you purchase at the store are loaded with chemical sugars and food dyes. Who needs that, right? This Citrus Electrolyte drink is really super simple to prepare and you more than likely have all the ingredients on hand.
This recipe can be prepared and sipped on as a drink, or frozen in popsicle molds to be enjoyed slowly in a way that is refreshing and cooling when you have a fever or are recovering from the flu. It is also good for an after workout “sports” drink to restore hydration to all the muscles.
What is an Electrolyte Anyway and Why do We Need Them?
Without getting too “techy”, electrolytes are chemicals that carry an electric charge to your nerves and muscles. Electrolytes are what help your heart beat or regulate bodily hydration, blood pressure, or repair damaged tissues. You might be more familiar with their mineral names- magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium.
Our bodies need to consume electrolytes from our food and drink sources. Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of electrolytes. When the flu strikes or fevers spike, our bodies become imbalanced and need to replenish electrolytes.
Some of the best sources of electrolytes are found in oranges and lemons, which are high in potassium, calcium, and magnesium. They are also amazing at balancing ph levels and boosting the immune system with Vitamin C. Raw honey also contains electrolytes: sodium, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Salt, of course, has sodium. If you are using coconut water, it contains potassium which helps regulate fluid balance along with sodium.
Citrus Electrolyte Popsicles for the Kid in all of us
In spite of how amazing these popsicles are for restoring fluid-electrolyte balance, they are just plain yummy to enJOY if you are sick or just wanting a refreshing snack. They are also good for kids of all ages. I have been known to share a popsicle or two alongside my kids after a day playing in the sun. This will be your go-to recipe for sickness and health. Adults get the flu too, so keep a few on hand in the freezer in case sickness strikes.
Recipe for Citrus Electrolyte Popsicles
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cups filtered water or coconut water
- 2 T raw honey
- 1/4 tsp. Celtic sea salt or pink Himalayan salt (highest mineral content)
- Juice the citrus.
- Add all the ingredients together and mix well.
- The electrolyte drink is ready to be consumed right now if you just want your child to sip on fluids. If you are preparing popsicles, you would add liquid to your popsicle mold and freeze for at least 3 hours.
- A cold popsicle feels wonderful during a fever and it is a way children will ingest liquids without thinking about it.
- If eating after a bout with the flu, slowly eat the popsicle to make sure fluids will stay down.
- Not just for kids...Just say'n.
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Popsicle Mold – Just a note on popsicle molds: molds that come with reusable sticks that act as a cover are easier to work with. I have used molds that have covers that you slip popsicle sticks down into and if the stick freezes tilted it is hard to get the cover off. Reusable sticks work great and if you are concerned about dripping, they do have some that have sippers that catch the juice if it melts. There are so many to choose from. Have fun and get creative with popsicles. They are a great way to get probiotics, greens, or extra nutrient boosts into your children in a fun way without all the additives, preservatives, or food dyes. If you prefer to use the single use sticks, this Popsicle Mold is similar to the one above.