Making homemade pops for the little ones is not only cost-effective but also very nutritious. Did you know that kale is a good source of all kinds of vitamins and minerals? One serving offers a dose of dietary fiber, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and it’s also a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese. Who knew?
So, Mia is not a big fan of this leafy green on its own, but she gobbles down these pops in one minute! In fact, she often even eats them in the morning – they are perfect for a quick breakfast, and the vitamins, fiber and protein give her a great start to the day. As if you need anymore reasons to eat kale, interestingly enough, this magic green even helps prevent constipation.
Read more about kale’s nutrition facts here.
Also, making your own popsicles at home allows you to control the amount of sugar your little one gobbles up. This Strawberry-Kale Cream pop recipe has very little added sugar and still taste delicious. In our home, they seriously devour all of them in 1-2 days! But don’t take my word for it. Make your own Strawberry Kale Cream Pops using my easy recipe below!
- 1/3 cup organic vanilla yogurt
- 2/3 cup organic vanilla almond or soy milk
- 1 cup organic baby kale (Update: I now use organic Lacinato Kale. Seems to last longer in my fridge. But any type of kale will work just fine.)
- 1 cup organic strawberries, chopped
- 1 tsp organic agave honey
Cool Fact: Did you know pure agave nectar is a low glycemic natural sweetener? Agave honey is known to be absorbed slowly by the body which helps prevent spikes in blood sugar.
- Blend yogurt, milk, honey and baby kale together until completely smooth. Add in strawberries and blend for a couple more seconds.
- Skim off foam. Divide mixture among popsicle mold cavities. I like using a mini stars pop mold I found at our local dollar store and/or the Zoku Mini Popsicle Mold (see image below). This mold is so cool! It’s the perfect size for my little one to hold.
- Add popsicle sticks. Place in the freezer. Freeze 3-4 hours.
***For extra sweetness, drizzle a bit of agave honey into the cavities of each mold and move it around so that it covers the entire area. Then add mixture and continue to follow steps 2-3.
Meet the new Disney addition to our popsicle mold collection below. What do you guys think? These are Strawberry Mango Pops. Recipe coming soon!
Grown-Up Popsicles (Pop-tails)
Sometimes we all wish we could still be kids, but when adult beverages are concerned, I’m very happy to be all grown up! While making a healthy frozen treat for your little one, remember to treat yourself to a delicious grown-up popsicle (pop-tail). Here’s one of my favorite recipes.
Watermelon Mojito Pop-tails
- 3/4 – 1 cup seedless watermelon, chopped
- 3 mint leaves, chopped
- 1/4 cup water (by pass adding water for a stronger kick)
- 1/3 cup rum
- 1 tablespoon organic agave honey
- Blend watermelon, water, rum and honey. Skim off foam.
- Divide mixture among Zoku Mini Popsicle Molds.
- Drizzle a pinch of mint into each mold cavity.
- Add popsicle sticks.
- Place in the freezer for 3-4 hours.
- Voila! Relax. Enjoy.
Strawberry Kale Cream Pops + Watermelon Mojito Pop-tails