Do you or your kids have any weird phobias? Our kids are full of them, but I definitely think Henry and Tucker take the cake. Ready? Up until last week, they were afraid of popsicles. Yes, the dessert. They love ice cream, they love fruit… but not popsicles. There's an awesome popsicle stand at our farmer's market, and our big tradition is to let Caroline and Smith pick out fun flavors while we're there. The first time we did this, we asked them to share with their brothers. They willingly did, but both Tucker and Henry turned away, screaming their heads off in terror. Everyone there just loves our family.
Somehow they managed to overcome their fears though, and now they are all about popsicles. I don't know what changed, but I'm glad that they don't live in fear of frozen treats any longer.
Especially when said frozen treats are healthy and full of fruits and veggies. I've been busy making them, and the kids have been busy eating them. For the most part, I keep them really healthy, just pureeing fruits and freezing. Every now and then I'll treat the kids with something like these though, just to be nice.
My kids also love smoothies in all colors, combos, and flavors, so the next logical step for our popsicle obsession was combining it with our smoothie obsession. And my kids are legitimately obsessed with these green smoothie popsicles. All I did was make a big blender full of green smoothies, then poured it into popsicle molds. You can do this with any smoothie your heart desires!
I know that everyone has their favorite green smoothie "recipe," so feel free to use your own. I'm including the general recipe that I use here just for reference, but consider this post to be an "idea" versus a concrete recipe.
A popsicle I can eat for breakfast? I'm sold.
Green Monster Popsicles
- 1 cup chopped mango
- 1 cup peeled and chopped peaches
- 2 ripe bananas, peeled and broken into pieces
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 cup milk, water, or juice (plus more as needed)
Combine all the ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth, adding more liquid as needed to get a pourable consistency.
Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, and freeze for several hours, or until frozen through, according to the manufacturer's instructions.