Organic Bound

These Fun Frosty Treats Are Healthy, Too

July 2014

What’s more perfect than a cold, juicy treat on a hot summer day?

How about a cold, juicy treat that’s both healthy AND delicious? We vote yes!

Popsicles are among our favorite hot-weather refreshers. Our versions pack great nutrition from healthy organic produce into palate-pleasing treats for kids and adults, too.

These recipes are great for getting youngsters into the kitchen, creating foods they can understand and enjoy. Whether you have a popsicle maker (right now we’re having a lot of fun with the classic Zoku ice pop molds or just use tried & true basic paper cups and wooden popsicle sticks, making popsicles is a fun way to share the joys of creating healthy food with your kids — along with a delicious payoff later!

Aloha Green Pops

Prep Time: 15m | Total Time: 15m + freezing time
Makes about 3 cups, enough for about 6 popsicles (depending on your equipment)

With just one adjustment (reducing the amount of strawberries in the mixture to keep the pop’s bright green color), our delicious Aloha Green Smoothie makes a pretty popsicle, too — just the right combination of refreshing and healthy on a hot day. The lively green color and chunks of fresh fruit led one of our kid tasters to proclaim these the best pops he’d ever had!

Popsicle mix:
1 cup coconut water
1 cup pineapple juice
5 cups Earthbound Farm Organic Power greens
1 cup Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Mango Chunks
1/2 cup Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Strawberries
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds

Garnish for freezing:
6 fresh strawberries, sliced thin
1/2 fresh mango, peeled and cut into thin slices, or extra frozen mango chunks, sliced thin

6 small paper cups and wooden popsicle sticks OR a popsicle mold

Add all of the ingredients for the popsicle mix (not the garnish), in order, into a blender. Secure the lid and hold it to prevent leaks. Blend until smooth.

Press 4 to 6 slices of strawberries and mangos around the sides of your molds or paper cups (the number may vary, depending on the size of your mold) and pour in the liquid very gently to avoid disturbing the fruit. You want the fruit to show its bright color on the surface of the pops, so depending on your equipment, you may want to do this in stages, freezing the mixture to a slushy consistency between additions to hold the fruit in place.

When the mold is filled, insert the sticks and freeze until set, about 4 hours or according to manufacturer’s directions.

Per serving: Calories 70, Fat 1 gram, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 85 mg, Carbohydrates 15 grams, Fiber 4 grams, Sugars 11 grams, Protein 2 grams.

Percentage Daily Values per serving (based on a 2,000-calorie diet): Vitamin A 35%, Vitamin C 50%, Calcium 8%, Iron 8%.

Blueberry Yogurt Pops

Prep Time: 5m | Cook Time: 10m | Total Time: 15m + freezing time
Makes about 6 popsicles (depending on your equipment)

Blueberry Yogurt Pops

Here's a healthy treat that kids are sure to love, especially on a hot summer day. Mix a simple fresh blueberry sauce with vanilla yogurt, then pour it into a popsicle mold and stash it in the freezer. What comes out is a frosty delight!

Don't have a mold? That's okay. Small paper cups and wooden sticks will work just fine. Note that the prep and total time shown allows about an hour for cooling the berry sauce, then 4 more hours for freezing the popsicles plan a little ahead. 

Popsicle mix:
1-3/4 cups fresh organic blueberries
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 cups nonfat vanilla yogurt

6 small paper cups and wooden popsicle sticks OR a popsicle mold

Combine the blueberries, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and cool completely.

Place the yogurt in a bowl and add the cooled blueberry sauce, whisking to blend. Pour the mixture into 6 popsicle molds, insert wooden ice cream sticks, and freeze until set, about 4 hours.

Per serving: Calories 80, Fat 0 grams, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 45 mg, Carbohydrates 17 grams, Fiber 2 grams, Sugars 13 grams, Protein 4 grams.

Percentage Daily Values per serving (based on a 2,000-calorie diet): Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 15%, Iron 2%.

Ready for more? Get great smoothie tips, tricks and recipes on Organic Bound. And check out Food52’s How to Make Any Ice Pops Without a Recipe. Then go forth and freeze your favorite flavors!

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