Posted on by Paula Gallagher
Healthy frozen treats are a staple around here when the temps start hitting the 80s. They are a tasty way to keep the kids cool. However, commercial popsicles can be loaded with sugar, artificial colors and flavors. Frozen treats are easy to make and can be a delicious way to sneak in greens, as well as other fruits and veggies that aren't favorites. All you need is a popsicle mold, healthy ingredients and your imagination. Blueberries, kale, spinach... the possibilities are endless! And remember, these aren't just for kids, either. If you need some inspiration, here are a few recipes.
This one uses wheat grass powder, which is one of the most nutritionally dense greens on earth, power-packed with naturally occurring nutrients including chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids, magnesium, potassium, manganese and betaine. (Credit to Garden of Life)
- 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 scoop Garden of Life wheatgrass powder (equal to 13 shots of wheatgrass juice!)
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 ripe mango
- 3/4 of a whole pineapple, cubed
- 1/2- 3/4 cup of frozen kale (I crunched up the frozen kale while in the bag)
Blend until smooth. Pour into molds and freeze.
Creamy Kiwi Avocado Popsicles
- 8 kiwi fruits
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup plain organic yogurt
- 3 tablespoons fresh-pressed apple juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
Pop everything into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
We have been making this one for a few years and it is a favorite. It only takes three ingredients – strawberries, very thick yogurt (I like plain Greek yogurt), and dates for sweetness. Blend, pour and freeze. This is my kids' favorite recipe!
- 3 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
- 4 medjool dates and boiling water
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