Summer is upon us here in Texas – in a big way; it’s supposed to be in the upper 90s all week! I am starting to look for cool refreshing treats for the entire family. Since we very much care about natural health we are pretty picky about what we eat. I do not want to go to the grocery store and buy “Red #2 pops” – bleh!

Last year I shared some recipes for homemade popsicles. I’ve done some more searching for healthy recipes, as I’ve yet to create any of my own. Enjoy these recipes!

Fruit and Vegetable Smoothies

I really like the idea of making regular smoothies and putting them into popsicle molds. At NatureMoms.com, the author found a way to put kale and spinach into popsicles – and her kids ask for them that way! Here are a few recipes from her blog:

Almond-Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup raw almonds

3 just ripe bananas

2 tsp raw honey

3 cups water

Blend up the almonds and the water to make almond milk. Strain the milk through a nut milk bag. Blend the almond milk together with the rest of the ingredients and either drink or pour into popsicle molds. Enjoy!

Green Pineapple Paradise

Ingredients:

1/4 fresh pineapple, chopped

3 large Kale leaves

1 ripe banana

3 fresh mint leaves

2 to 4 cups water

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth and either drink or pour into popsicle molds. Enjoy!

Spinach Recipes

For her spinach smoothie, she mixed strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries with 1-2 tablespoons of raw agave nectar, and then added a cup of freshly juiced orange juice and a big handful of baby spinach.

Here is another spinach popsicle recipe, found on Eco Child’s Play.

With Yogurt: 1/4 cup cooked organic frozen spinach (to make the spinach texture smoother), half a cup each of organic frozen mangoes, organic frozen strawberries, and 1/4 cup organic frozen blueberries with 1/4 c vanilla nonfat yogurt, 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt and an organic banana. If you need more liquid, add some orange or apple juice.

Green Pop: One orange, one banana, one fresh pineapple spear, a handful or two of fresh spinach, one cup of ice, two or three cups of water, and one measure of stevia.

Red Pop: One pineapple spear, one apple, three carrots, three celery stalks, one beet peeled and topped,  one cup of ice, two or three cups of water, and one measure of stevia.

From Carrot Juice to Rootbeer Tea to Fudge Pops

I found a great list of 32 popsicle recipes and ideas from one of my favorite sites, TreeHuggingFamily.com. So many of them look good to me, but the ones I may try first are the ones with pineapple, or carrot juice, or apricots, or honeydew. The rootbeer green tea one is interesting to me, too.

Other Additions

There are other nutritious items that can be added to the popsicles:

  • Spoonful of spirulina, or other blue-green algae
  • Shot of heat grass juice
  • Protein powder
  • Alfalfa or other sprouts
  • Mint, cinnamon, anise, or other herbs/spices (we try to use turmeric; I wonder how that would be)

When considering the distance food travels to you (bananas, pineapple, etc.) many people want to eat local. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind if your goal is to eat locally grown food as much as possible:

  • Use yogurt instead of banana
  • Honey (rather than agave), unless agave is local for you
  • Apples, peaches, pears, nectarines, or any other local fruit instead of pineapple, unless pineapple is local for you

Other sweeteners, if needed:

  • Honey
  • Stevia

Don’t forget these foods:

  • Grapes
  • Peas or other legumes
  • Celery

Non Toxic, BPA Free Popsicle Molds

It is also important to make your popsicles in a BPA free popsicle mold. I have found a few these by Tovolo: Yellow Groovy, Green Shooting Star, and Blue Rocket.

What healthy recipes do you enjoy? If you try any of these, let us know! Stay cool!

Wendy – Parenting Tips 365

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