Popsicles for Dinner?!?

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 13, 2010

So it appears that boy #1 managed to catch strep throat from boy #2.

I can’t say that I’m surprised. After all, boy #1 did drink from boy #2’s cup just minutes after I warned him not to.  (And when the time is right, we’ll have the ‘natural consequences’ talk that will go something like this…Remember when mommy told you not to drink from your brother’s cup so you don’t get his germs and get sick...)

I had grandiose plans of getting outside and grilling some Apple Juice Brined Pork Chops from The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook, but I tossed them out the kitchen window around 4 o’clock.

While we will most likely have leftover pancakes and smoothies for dinner, I might just throw out that idea too and just let the kids have popsicles and ice cream for dinner.

Because that’s what I would want to eat if the back of my throat was on fire.

Got any favorite “comfort foods” when the kiddos are sick?!? Do share, because we are almost out of popsicles!

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

jo May 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm

my dad would always make me warm jello water…just mix the boiling then cooler water as needed and serve as a drink…tastes yummy and the warmth would feel good on my throat…frozen peas, pineapple or bananas..pureed and frozen as pops if you like…although, the peas I’d just serve in the very own pea shape..


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm


Very interesting about the warm jello…never would have thought of that! Thanks!


Teri May 13, 2010 at 8:10 pm

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom, My mom did this, too! The peach was the best!


Kirsten K May 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

it’s not great when it’s hot outside, but my brother and I (through our MANY strep infections as kids) always liked hot Jello. Just make it like you normally would, but with less cold water after it’s dissolved. Feels good and the gellatin coats the throat so it doesn’t hurt so bad.


Michelle May 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Well of course soups, but pasta was always my favorite. Its soft, can have as much variety as you like & easy to make.


Carrie May 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm

in addition to popsicles and ice cream, i really love a good chocolate pudding when i have a sore throat


Tara Jo May 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm

we always had ‘hot-lade’ just hot lemonade or grape coolade.. i still drink it now when i have a sore throat or just need some comfort


Nicole May 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Frozen Go-Gurt!


Jackie Bentley May 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Throw some grapes in the freezer….this snack may help if you are running out of popcicles.


Jenna May 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Frozen yogourt tubes are my suggestion. They provide a little bit more “food” than popsicles or juice. Even regular yogourt is good, unless you have a little one prone to ear infections.


Denise May 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Luckily for my daughter when she gets strep her throat doesn’t hurt too much at all! The first time she ever got it she never even complained that her throat hurt at all, I took her in because she had a lump on her neck which was her swollen gland and I had had strep the week before so the Dr tested her… turned out she probably gave it to m! Hope you boys are better soon .


Vicki Nave May 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm

We also do ice cream. Other choices are pudding, or even just chocolate milk.


Megan May 13, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Sherbert. I was told to stay away from anything dairy because it can increase your mucus production and irrate the throat even more. Jello jigglers are good too.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm


Well, we have a dairy allergy, so we stay away from it anyways. And the more people I talk to, the more I wonder about the correlation between frequent ear infections and milk allergies/intolerances/sensitivities.


April May 13, 2010 at 6:31 pm

My two like sugar rice when they’re sick. Cooked rice with some butter and sugar. They like that and Italian wedding soup. I guess they’re a little eccentric. lol


Kelli May 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I second the No Dairy. Whatever the cold around here you don’t get dairy if you are mucus-y because it makes it worse.

My Aunt swore by Blackberry Brandy and Elderberry Wine. It works too, you just have to be willing to give your kiddos liquor so I only use it for me, but it is an amazing trick!

For my son, when you’re sick, you stay in bed and do quiet things and eat whatever you desire (with in reason, I had my son request shrimp scampi once when he was home sick in Kindergarten….)

Hope they feel better soon!

~Kelli @ Smidgens


Michelle May 13, 2010 at 6:43 pm

my 7yo is getting a sore throat from the allergies right now, and has become a huge fan of decaf lemon and spice tea with honey and lemon juice. and a big spoon. :)


Heidi May 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Milkshakes, usually chocolate ice cream with oreos crushed up in it…. we seem to be passing around strep throat here too… I have 6 kids… so let’s hope it doesn’t get to all 6!


Dee May 13, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Chicken and dumpling soup, applesauce, and washed down with ginger ale


katie May 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I don’t know why, but I always liked scrambled eggs when i was sick… they were soft and warm. But that may be a no go with allergies.


Heather May 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

my mom did the jello thing too…but i prefer oj, tea w/honey, and chicken soup when my throat feels like sand paper. Someone told me about Throat Coat tea(its found in the all-natural) section and that stuff is wonderful!


Crystal's Cozy Kitchen May 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm

We usually did chicken noodle soup or just the broth. As well as popsicles or if you want to feel better about giving your child something more nutritious, make your own popsicles out of fruit juice.


Candi May 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm

My mother-in-law introduced me to the BRAT diet when kids are sick…Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast…


Dena May 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I’m sorry your little ones are sick.When my boys were little and got strep we tried everything.Ice cream,popcycles,(sp),yogurt,pudding and jello.The best thing we offered them was snow cones.They still eat them when they get it.They are 17 and 20 now.You can make your own.All you need is an ice machine crusher and some flavor.Cherry kool aid was their favorite.You can use juice to flavor the ice too.DS said apple juice was good too.Hope they feel better soon.


Shannon May 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Wow! Lots of ideas. I just had to pout a little. I had strep ALL THE TIME as a kid. I don’t think I good the goodies listed above. I just remember eating (plain) crushed ice or forcing down hot lemon and honey water. Augh, well I made it through. I am sure your boys will be better soon.


Sarah May 13, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Sorry to hear about your kiddos! :-( We have been battling strep in our house also. Smoothies have been the food of choice, although I made a warm drink for my middle one today, and she loved it! 1/2 cup apple juice, 2 T. lemon juice, 2 T. honey, and 1/4 cup orange juice. Stir and heat in microwave for 1 minute. She loved it and it is so soothing for a sore throat.
Hope everyone feels better soon! :-)


Lauren May 14, 2010 at 9:14 am

When my kids are sick, they beg for “slippery noodle soup”. It’s chicken broth and bean-thread noodles. (very thin vermicili-type noodles) You can get them at an asian market. I stock up on the noodles during cold season.


Melissa V May 14, 2010 at 9:18 am

Cold: frozen grapes work really well and so does cold applesauce.

Warm: Lemon tea with honey, chicken broth with crackers and mashed potatoes.


maria May 14, 2010 at 10:07 am

My 7 year old has a nasty sore throat from her allergies. Her new fave is ‘healthy popsicles’ better known as delmonte fruit chiller tubes. Just like a freeze pop, but made with real fruit…and they have a smooth texture. They are by the apple sauce and coupons.com almost always has a $1 off coupon. They also like tea popcicles….camomile tea with LOTS of honey frozen on a stick. I’ve also poured the tea into I cecube trays and then used thenm to make snocones/slushies. Neither one of the girls go for anything warm with soar throats though…..they’re a little wierd like that ;)


Kathi May 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

Sherbert contains MILK…so stay away from that.
I like to make frozen yogurt in the tupperware pop trays, or make our own jello popsicles….they used to sell them but stopped. They have no drip and the kids love them. Koolaid, sugar, jello!!! Wonderful.


Christine B. May 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Pudding, smoothies, yogurt, cooled soup… usually made from veggies cooked and then put thru blender/food processor. Add chicken/beef broth and feed to children in small bits. My mom had only one menu for sick children, warm 7-UP in limited quantities and dry toast cut up in strange ways. Your children will survive and be healthy but to be on the safe side, consider weak teas and lots of water. Blessings on you and yours.


Shannon May 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm

All great ideas. I always stay away from acidic foods when the kids have sore throats or strep.


Condo Blues May 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Hot tea with honey and lemon is awesome for a sore throat – even as kids. Although when we were little it was more lemon and honey in it than tea.

I also like miso soup when I’m sick. It’s my comfort food. It’s a strange comfort food, but it always puts me in a good mood when I’m sick.


AayJay July 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I have strep throat and I’ve tried everything, but the thing is I cant swallow, it hurts way to much. I’ve tried tea with honey, cold Gatorade, cold water, warm jello, cold jello, frozen yogurt, etc… I haven’t eaten in 5 days and I’ve lost 10 pounds . and I’m really in a bind here because ive been feeling quite weak and I’m not sure what to do. Please note that I simply cant swallow anything because it is way to painful, I’ve also tried throat sprays and other throat numbing remedies but still nothings worked/ Please if you have any suggestions post below


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