RECIPE: Healthy Juice Pops for Hot Florida Days!

Time with cousins is the best! We road tripped down to Lake Wales for a summer visit with lots of great people: my kids great-grandma, their great-aunt & great-uncle, Aunt Jadi and some grrrrreat cousins! Lake Wales is nestled in central Florida- and boy is it hot! It’s often 5-10 degrees warmer there than at our St. Augustine address! We cooled off one day at Legoland’s water park but the rest of the time we hung out with family and tried to keep cool.

The heat is good for citrus- Polk county is the top citrus producing county in the entire state! But it’s bad for ACs. Aunt Terri & Uncle Cliff’s AC in the kids’ rec room went out just before we arrived. My solution? Make them some ice pops and send them outside!! And you’ll never believe what I got our kids to put in their popsicles {Kale and greens in the juices! flaxseed! This organic juice has no added sugar but is sweet and delish!} I won’t tell them they were a healthy dessert if you don’t!

These are super simple- here’s how we did it…

Summer Popsicle Recipe

Nutritious and Delicious! Fruit bedazzled juice pops for summer!

Noble sponsored the following recipe. Noble Juices are Florida grown, Florida pressed and Florida owned! I love grabbing this local company’s juices from Publix- they’re 100% natural, no added anything and kissed by the Florida sunshine!

Ingredients/Supplies Needed

  • OJ and flavored juice blends- I grabbed Noble’s Apple Vanilla Greens w Flaxseed and Royal Mandarin + Greens juices, a bottle of their zippy tangerine juice and a Honeybell Blueberry which is soooo delish! Cooking with citrus is a great way to brighten up a meal. Now that I’ve found Noble, it turns out I like cooking with tangerine juice as much as I like orange juice recipes!
  • Fresh fruit - I grabbed blueberries because they’re in season and on sale right now.
  • Popsicle Molds - Only $1 at Dollar Tree! I don’t store these over the winter and I don’t feel a bit bad about donating them instead of cluttering my small kitchen.
Noble Juice at Publix

Our Publix had Noble Juice blends on sale so I grabbed one of each to try them all. I now know my favorites & have grabbed the chai flavored one and the blueberry several times since.

Green Juice Kids Popsicles

Supplies: We sipped our way through 4 Noble juice flavors and the kids mixed & matched.

Step 1: Let the kids taste every juice. Because it’s an easy way to be a fun mom! I was shocked that Andrew (8) and Eli (4) loved the green juice blends! I let each kiddo pick a juice to pour in the bottom half of their pop.

Step 2: Add fruit. They each counted out berries into their pop mold. 4 for Eli, 5 for Clara, 8 for Andrew… they each added as many as their age. Except Mamma. Because a pop won’t hold 35 berries. LOL

Blueberry Tangerine Popsicles

Adding fruit to the popsicles…

Step 3: Freeze for a few hours. 

Step 4: Top with another juice for a pretty, layered effect. We poured a different juice on top & I let each kiddo pick. Then freeze the rest of the way. Repeat, “No. It’s not time yet,” about 4,000 times. Wish you had made them all one flavor juice to expedite the process. LOL You will likely need to make one day and then eat the next.

Step 5: Eat! Laugh! Enjoy! 

Protip: You’ll want to let them sit out for a bit before you pull it from the mold so the stick doesn’t slip out leaving the popsicle behind.

Orange Blueberry Popsicles

Clara’s pop is ready!! They took them outside for a cool treat on a hot day.

Orange and Green Juice Pops

Both Andrew and Eli asked for green juice & Blueberry/Honeybell. I didn’t mind them eating these alll-natural, no-sugar-added pops just before dinner.

When kids are involved in cooking, they’re much more likely to try new flavors and to eat foods they may otherwise turn their noses up at. Homemade popsicles are an easy peasy way to start in the kitchen and to introduce new tastes. What flavors will you try?!

Sponsored Post: Noble Juices are Florida grown, Florida pressed and Florida owned! I love grabbing this local company’s juices from Publix.

Bonez Smokehouse

Like all good Southerners, we like BBQ. We’ve tried our fair share and it’s pretty close to impossible to choose one favorite. Smokin’ D’s is the cutest BBQ joint around, Mojo’s is downtown which means great walks around town after dinner and they have great brisket. THE most important thing in a BBQ restaurant to me is… well, I’ll get to that. But Bonez aces it and that’s why Bonez Smokehouse is my current fave BBQ in St. Augustine!! Here are 5 reasons for YOU to fall in love with Bonez…

5 reasons to love Bonez Smokehouse

5 Reasons I love Bonez… I could go on but I’ll just whet you whistle and you can go experience the goodness for yourself!

Reason #1 is they took an eyesore building on the island and made it a really cool lunch/dinner spot! Major props for renovating this restaurant on the Boulevard. It’s clean & cool inside & out now:

Bonez Smokehouse St Augustine

Major improvement on the Boulevard… Bonez Smokehouse replaced an eyesore and brings another great food option to the island.

Bonez Smokehouse Saint Augustine

Welcome to Bonez Smokehouse St. Augustine!

Bonez Smokehouse Bar

Bonez’ Bar

Bonez Finger Sink

My kids are enamored with this handwashing station! It’s a fun decor touch and also immensely practical… You don’t have to wait in line for the bathroom to clean up after a messy BBQ sandwich!

Reason #2: Datil Ranch Sauce. Datil is the darling pepper of St. Augustine and Bonez wisely showcased this piquant pepper. It adds a touch of heat to ranch in the Fried Pickle app {$7} my hubby ordered.

Bonez Fried Pickles

Choose between regular and Datil Ranch to dip your fried pickles. I love the touch of heat the datils add to this dip!

Reason #3: Solid BBQ & real fries. I enjoyed the Smokey Joe {$11} brisket & pulled pork sandwich and absolutely adore the smoked turkey (you can try it on the Smokehouse Club {$11.50} or on a platter). The straight up Brisket Sandwich {$8.50} was ok but not the best thing on the menu, IMO.

Bonez Smokey Joe Sandwich

Try the Smokey Joe! It’s tasty.

Reason #4: Daily Specials worth coming back for! I love the variety Bonez’ special board brings. Every Wednesday, for example, they serve up some amazing smoked wings for $0.50 each! Yes, you read that right 50 cents!! A domestic beer on those nights is $2.50 {microbrew, my preference, is only $3.50}. The specials aren’t an afterthought- they’re all good!

Last visit, I tried this Smoked Cuban off the special board since I’m working on a round-up of St. Augustine’s best Cuban sandwich:

Bonez Smoked Cuban

Bonez’ Smoked Cuban is a-ma-zing! I love the respectful departure from a traditional Cuban.

Reason #5: Dessert The peach cobbler was off the chain. That’s a good thing, y’all. I pushed the ice cream aside and used up my calories on the crunchy topping  & warm, sliced peaches. Oh, who’s kidding? No one counts calories at a BBQ place. LOL But if you do, you can order the chopped salad and not leave disappointed. ;)

Bonez Peach Cobbler Dessert St Augustine

Do yourself a favor and order the peach cobbler. No, you’re not too full. Put the rest of the sandwich in a box and get dessert!!

There you have it. My 5 reasons to try Bonez. I didn’t mention the house made sauces, the window where you can see the smoker in action or the sweet tea made like my grandma does. Or the fact that it’s locally owned & operated. Because I’m keeping it at 5. OH! How could I forget?!? The #1 reason I love Bonez is their BBQ Beans! So scratch the renovated building bit… this is definitely the best reason to love Bonez. Their beans are literally my favorite anywhere. Go try them and let me know in the comments what you think! Or tweet me @SimplyStAug.

Here’s a peek of the smoker until you make it in:

Bonez Smoker

That’s one fancy smoker you have there, Bonez!

Ok. Really stopping now. Just go. And get the smoked turkey + bbq beans + cobbler. You’re welcome.

Bonez Smokehouse
604 Anastasia Boulevard
(904) 829-8939

We love blogging but sometimes all these photos = cold food & a long dinner! Bonez generously invited us to dinner to share some photos so we can use our dinner out $ this month for another trip there for baked beans and cobbler and more baked beans! LOL

I’m also offering a giveaway so YOU can go to Bonez! Simply share this post on facebook or twitter or email it to a friend and tell me which you did in the comments. I’ll pick the winner Wednesday at noon & mail a gift card so you can have it for next weekend!