Fun Fuels for Kids: Green Smoothie Pops
Raise your hand if you remember eating homemade popsicles too quickly, getting brain freeze, then conning your little sister out of hers because Mom said you could only have one. Was that middle part just me? Oh, I was such a naughty child, but here I am: trying to be a good mom by making healthy green smoothie pops for my own squabblers.
And I always know I’ve succeeded when my son tries to con his older sister out of the rest of hers. I guess it runs in the family, eh?
I’m grateful for the input from various Fit2B fans on the recipes in this post. If you have your own ideas for fun fuels for kids, including healthy green smoothie pops, leave a comment. They don’t have to actually be “green” in color. By green, we just mean healthier with less packaging.
“Start with an unsweetened plain Greek yogurt which is high in protein and probiotics. Mix in your favorite healthy sweetener and then stir in your favorite fresh or frozen fruits. Blueberries work well and give them a fun purple color my daughter loves! We also love adding mango and strawberries. The other way we make homemade Popsicles is to pour any leftover green smoothies into our Popsicle molds and call them Incredible Hulk Popsicles!” —Nisha Riggs
Reality: I also buy pre-made frozen goodies!
Keeping my fridge stocked with things my family has time to eat AND enjoy is an adventure in compromise. Sometimes I make uber-healthy green popsicles that my kids think are fun. Sometimes I buy otter pops. Sometimes I milk a goat, and sometimes I use powdered creamer. It’s a healthy hybrid life.
Speaking of hybrid, this post is different than our regular programming which normally focuses on family-friendly fitness for those who are dealing with core dysfunction like diastasis recti, hernia, prolapse, etc. The way we eat can affect our tummies BIGTIME, so healthy popsicles aren’t too much of a stretch, right?
Anyway, here are some more simple summer popsicle ideas:
“Put fresh berries (either pick one type or combine them) in a blender, puree, and add sugar to taste. If you have limes and/or mint on hand you can add those to taste as well. I just bruise a few leaves at a time and add them until I get a hint of it that doesn’t overwhelm the berries.” —Natalie S.
WORD TO THE WISE:
“Do not try the cucumber and mint recipe that goes around. My family has never forgiven me for that one.” —Karen R.
Orange Raspberry Popsicles:
What are some fun, fuel-packed popsicles you’ve made?
What’s your favorite healthy smoothie pop recipe? Is there a trick you use to make them more creamy and less icy? Do you have a funny story or memory about popsicles? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!