Friends, I have found the holy grail of easy, delicious and sneaky recipes to get fruits and veggies in my preschooler. I have used these frozen treats to soothe my teething toddler, numb his sore throat and keep him cool on a hot day. All of this while giving him the nutrients and vitamins that fruits and vegetables deliver. This recipe is super simple and versatile. You can get creative and name the concoctions fun things. My son loves his green "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Power Pop."
The Base Recipe
- Purchase popsicle molds at the dollar store or simply dig out a muffin tin.
- Place chopped fruit in the molds.
- Add the liquid base: juice, yogurt, pureed veggies or a combination.
- Freeze them. To pull your popsicles out of the molds, run a little hot water over them until they slide out with a little tug. You may need to use a butter knife to cut along the outer edge of each treat if you use a muffin tin as your mold.
Peel and chop kiwis. Place the cut-up kiwi in the molds and pour orange juice over them. Bang the molds on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles, then place them in the freezer.
Turtle Power Pop
If you are a green smoothie person, you'll love this one. Throw in a few handfuls of spinach or kale with a liquid of your choice in your blender. We love almond milk, but you can use water, coconut milk or orange juice. Blend for a few minutes so that your spinach isn't leafy or chunky. Add a banana and about a half-cup strawberries. Blend it until it is smooth, pour it into your molds and freeze.
Place your favorite berries in your molds. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries can be used whole, but strawberries should be cut into pieces to fit into the molds. Spoon plain or vanilla yogurt on top of the berries. Bang the mold on the counter to help the yogurt settle in the nooks and crannies around the berries. If the yogurt is room temperature, it will be runnier, and less banging will be required.