Anything in a popsicle shape is like contraband to my kids. Now that summer cranked up the heat, I’ve been stocking my freezer with popsicles made from left over smoothies. This is one of my sneakiest childhood nutrition tricks, and it takes zero additional prep time if you’re already in the habit of smoothie making.
- Step 1) Make a smoothie
- Step 2) Pour it into a popsicle mold
Don’t have popsicle molds? Grab some Dixie cups and wooden popsicle sticks and let them stand on a flat surface in the freezer to harden.
The best part of these treats is that they’re loaded with fiber, fat, and protein which is the holy trinity of fuel for little bodies. They get to choose which color they want, and even if they didn’t love the smoothie when first served at a breakfast, there’s no debating they will suddenly love it when it’s offered outside as a cool down treat.
Since all my smoothie recipes contain at least one, if not more, vegetables, kids get a healthy dose of antioxidants and phytochemicals in a fun-to-eat snack. Below are the links to all my favorite smoothies along with their sneaky vegetables:
- Strawberry Banana Detox smoothie (purple cabbage)
- Chocolate banana smoothie (spinach, cauliflower)
- Orange Dreamsicle (butternut squash)
- Go-To Green smoothie (spinach, kale, avocado)
- Rasp-Beet smoothie (beets)
- Carrot Zinger smoothie (carrot)
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