Perfectly simple and quick prep, refreshing pineapple coolers are great for cooling off on busy summer days!
We made it!
I think I say this every year, but we have the *longest* winters where I live. While we have months of fun filled snow days during the winter, by the time spring and summer roll around we are definitely ready for our beautiful fresh water beaches, perfectly warm park days, and lazy summer break days spent around a sprinkler and a kiddie pool.
My kids are always so delighted for their afternoon ice pop snacks to cool them off after a long morning of summer play! I keep nutrient dense popsicles around, and usually have hydrating electrolyte popsicles within reach for those really hot days.
But sometimes the week has gotten away from me and my ice pop stash as dwindled to one or two – which doesn’t work when there are 3 kids wanting a snack! Last summer, I ended up making fruit cooler drinks when that happened! They are so fun, just as delicious…and don’t need freezer time!
While I love the fact that these pineapple coolers are super quick to prep, I think I love even more that there is no added sugar or sweeteners – the pineapple is sweet enough to make a refreshing, mildly sweet snack. A sugar crashing kid isn’t fun to have on my hands for the rest of the afternoon! I even blend in some grassfed collagen sometimes for some added protein.
Fresh pineapple is rich in immune system nourishing vitamin C and is loaded with minerals we all need replenishing of on a hot summer day such as potassium, magnesium, copper, and calcium. A truly delicious way to replenish and cool off!
You can tailor your pineapple coolers to your kids texture preferences – my kids prefer it super smooth without ice because they don’t like their drinks super cold. Momma blends hers up with ice or pours the smooth drink over crushed ice to make it more of a slushie feel. Also, if you have older kids that are used to sweeter drinks, you can either use more pineapple to make it sweeter, or you can use some raw honey to give it a bigger sweetness.
This amount makes enough for 3 small children and 2 adults. I really think this would be fun to serve at a pool party, birthday party, or other family gatherings so just double and triple up to feed a crowd – what a fun and healthy punch bowl drink with some sparkling water!
Renee blogs at Raising Generation Nourished, and with 3 girls ages 6 and under, she is passionate about raising the next generation of kids with a better understanding where their food comes from and how food affects their bodies.