Low Calorie and Nutritious Frozen Pops That Are Easy to Make
If your kids are clamoring for frozen pops this summer, especially given the extraordinary heat we have been experiencing, and you want to give them the most nutritious yet delicious treats you can, then you may want to make your own. Here are a few recipes for low calorie, easy, and nutritious frozen pops you can feel good about giving your kids, and you will like them too!
Make your own nutritious frozen pops
The secret to these frozen pops is not so much they will save you money (they will!), but that they provide nutrients that are important for your kids…and you. Just be sure not to tell your kids that these frozen pops are good for them!
Below are several easy recipes for several different types of frozen pops, and some are more low calorie and nutritious than others. However, you can rest assured you will avoid added sugars and food additives if you use the ingredients listed in the following recipes (organic whenever possible).
Also, you can use either pop molds or makeshift pop containers, such as saved 8-ounce yogurt cups or similar sized cups. If you use such containers, insert the popsicle sticks about 30 to 45 minutes after placing the pops in the freezer so they will set.
Green Tea and Strawberry Pops
6 bags organic green tea
6 cups water
1/2 cup 100% natural orange juice
1 cup organic strawberries
Steep the green tea in the water. You can either use a sun jar or heat the water to prepare the tea. Allow the tea to cool. Combine the tea, orange juice, and strawberries into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Pour into individual ice pop molds or similar containers and freeze for about 3 hours.
Vanilla Blueberry Pops
If you have difficulty getting your children to eat nutritious foods during the summer months, you will feel good giving them this pop, or even two. Each pop contains calcium, protein, antioxidants, probiotics, and fiber but next to no fat.
2 cups organic nonfat vanilla yogurt
2 cups organic blueberries
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
In a blender, combine all the ingredients and pulse until smooth. Pour the mixture into pop molds and freeze for 3 hours. For added nutrition, you can toss in 1 small banana.
Here's something just a little different.
1 ½ cups water
1 orange, peeled
1 apple, peeled
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender, food processor, or juicer and blend until smooth. Pour into pop molds and freeze 3 hours.
Watermelon Smoothie Pops
1 cup organic nonfat vanilla or lemon yogurt
2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 mango, peeled and sliced
2 cups strawberries
Process all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pour into pop molds. Freeze for 3 hours.
3 bags organic herbal peach tea
3 cups water
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 cups fresh organic peaches, sliced
Boil the water, add the tea bags and allow the tea to steep for 20 minutes. Option: use a sun tea jar and allow the bags to steep for several hours during the day. Allow the tea to cool and place in a blender or food processor with the mint and peaches. Pulse until smooth, pour into pop molds, and freeze 3 hours.
Help your kids and yourself beat the oppressive summer heat with some refreshing, nutritious and delicious frozen pops you make yourself.