12 Apr Make Your Own Elderberry Electrolyte Popsicles
It is the third wave of the stomach flu season, which usually begins around Easter and ends around Memorial Day, and unfortunately my kids succumbed last week to this terrible virus. I am not normally afraid of germs. They are everywhere, you cannot avoid them, and they can actually help build up your immunity…. BUT THIS ONE. This is one that I go running from. Though a generally very healthy kid, I seemed to be particularly susceptible to the stomach virus’ growing up. I even came down with it two years in a row on Christmas morning. What are the chances?!!
Knowing that you cannot avoid germs, even if you try, and knowing how bad this particular virus is (it took my kids out for 4 days, landing one in the hospital for iv fluids), it is important to instead be prepared for if/when it does strike. A very important aspect of dealing with this, especially with young children, is hydration. Rehydrating them with electrolytes that are lost due to vomiting/diarrhea is of utmost importance. There are several options on the market for electrolyte beverages/popsicles for children (and adults), but the ingredients are YUCK! I have a hard time filling my children with chemicals, especially when they are recovering from an illness that has already ravaged their little bodies.
I have seen a few recipes for homemade electrolyte popsicles, so I decided to give it a go, using Elderberry syrup and other ingredients I had on hand already. These turned out great and offer several nutrients/ingredients that can be very beneficial in the wake of stomach flu.
- Elderberry with its obvious immune support
- ginger (in the syrup) – has anti-emetic properties, meaning it can calm the tummy and both reduce nausea and the urge to vomit
- himalayan sea salt – to replace the sodium lost
- coconut water – naturally high in electrolytes and sugars
These can be easily made when needed as long as you stock up on ingredients beforehand or can be pre-made and stored in the freezer in case of. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
Elderberry Electrolyte Popsicle Recipe
Makes: Approx. 4 popsicles
- 1/2 cup homemade elderberry syrup
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 cup raw coconut water
- 1/8 teaspoon himalayan sea salt
- place all ingredients in a blender and pulse a few times to combine OR place all ingredients in a bowl and wisk together to combine.
- Pour into popsicle molds. I bought these from amazon.
- Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight