This summer, it has been a treat for me to say ‘yes,’ to my kiddos when they ask to have a snack. After riding bikes around the neighborhood, playing basketball in the driveway or just enjoying our beautiful Colorado summer sunshine, what tastes better than an icy cold popsicle?
I feel blessed to have a full-sized refrigerator/freezer in the garage so that I can stock that freezer with several different varieties of frozen treats. Better yet, the kids enjoy blending up new creations with me at breakfast time. Popsicles for breakfast? Sure, why not, wait until you see what’s in them.
Because smoothies are one of the easiest, most nutrient dense ways to blend protein, vitamins and minerals into a delicious breakfast, we blend together all kinds of flavor concoctions. A 6-8 ounce smoothie made with either coconut water, almond milk or pure fruit juice, fresh or frozen fruit and a good source of protein fills up the tummies of a 5-, 10- and 11-year-old pretty fast. So making a double batch of smoothies or a blender full allows me to freeze half the batch in popsicle molds. With seasonal fresh fruits ripe for the picking right now, we love to start with berries of all varieties and have even enjoyed a few early season nectarines and peaches.
Here are a couple of our favorite recipes – kid-tested and mom-endorsed.
Blueberry Surprise Superfood Smoothie
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves*
- 2 tablespoons beveri golden flaxseed
- 1 scoop (30 grams) whey protein powder or 8oz. plain Greek yogurt
- 2 cups whole frozen blueberries
Combine almond milk and spinach in a blender and puree until spinach is completely incorporated into the liquid. Add protein powder and blend completely. Finally add the frozen blueberries to thicken and transform the color of the smoothie. Makes four 8 oz. servings at merely 76 calories each. For the complete recipe and nutritional breakdown check out: Blueberry Surprise Superfood Smoothie on NutritionData.com
*Note for pickier kids – don’t tell them about the spinach, blueberries cleverly disguise the color, making everything an appealing purple!
- 2 cups Simply Orange Juice
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt or 3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese (blend until undetectable into orange juice)
- 2 whole frozen bananas
- 1 whole sliced fresh peach
Combine orange juice and yogurt or cottage cheese, blend until completely smooth and creamy. Add frozen bananas, breaking them up a bit. Add fresh peach slices blending everything together, adding 1 cup of ice if needed to thicken.!
Make-Your-Own Smoothie Popsicle Recipes
Add a quality liquid such as coconut water, almond milk, or 100% juice (Simply Orange Juice is our personal favorite) to the blender first, followed by a protein source such as Greek yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, almonds, walnuts or your favorite all natural nut butter. Blend the first ingredients until smooth and then add 1-2 cups of berries or fruit. If using fresh fruit, add ice to thicken the smoothie. Pour half of the batch into small glasses for breakfast and freeze the remaining smoothie into Popsicle forms for a cool treat later on.
Get creative! Use these ingredients as a starting point and then experiment with fresh raspberries, frozen mango or pineapple. Kale and coconut water are also a great combination, tossing in a few blackberries at the end to change the color. Get your kids involved blending and filling the popsicle molds, pour for breakfast or freeze and enjoy for an anytime snack.
Living in Parker, CO, Molly is a yoga teacher, NETA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, avid runner, wife and mother of three active, young children. With a focus on Women’s and Children’s Fitness and Nutrition as well as Cross-training for Endurance Athletes, Molly is compelled to share her passion for fitness through teaching and writing. Visit her blog.