It’s Time for Freezer Pops!

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As summer approaches, I’m on the lookout for low-sugar, warm weather treats for my toddlers, and it just occurred to me … why not freeze a smoothie? Popsicles can be made as easily as freezing some juice in a paper cup with a fork stuck into it, or you can purchase freezer molds in a variety of shapes and sizes. People of all ages enjoy these cool and healthy treats! Here are a couple of my favorite recipes.

Super-smoothie Pops

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup spinach, packed
  • 1 tsp chia, flax or hemp seeds
  • 1 cup kiwi or blueberries
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

Admittedly, this is one of the recipes where I sneak in extra fiber or greens when needed. Yogurt is a great probiotic – but for even more, a milk kefir can be substituted. (You can also substitute any plant-based milk or non-dairy yogurt.)

Mango-licious Pops

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups frozen or fresh mango
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk or plain yogurt

TO MAKE POPS

Blend the ingredients, pour into molds and freeze for several hours, then run mold/cup under warm water to release the pops and enjoy! To add a little sweetness, a couple teaspoons of maple syrup or a bit of honey is all you need.

 

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