This may just be one of the easiest summer snack ideas ever, so this post will be short and sweet. Make your favourite smoothie recipe, then freeze it in a popsicle mold. Enjoy! Simple. Sweet. And delicious.
If you are looking for smoothie ideas, try one of these Three Favourite Summertime Smoothies that my colleague blogged about last week. Or you could make your own smoothies using our new smoothie infographic – 5 Steps to a Smarter Smoothie. This resource provides a standard formula for smoothies that include milk, yogurt and fruit, and then ideas for how to boost the flavour or nutritional value. This way you can personalize the smoothie to your tastes and the ingredients you have on hand.
Why do smoothie pops make a great snack?
- You control the ingredients and the portion size
- Less sugar and calories than store bought popsicles
- Milk products + fruit + boosters = more nutrients
- Tastes like a treat!
- It’s a fun activity for kids to help with, plus they learn food skills!
For our smoothie pops, my daughter and I used the Mango Colada recipe on the back of the smoothie infographic, but substituted ½ tbsp of chia seeds for flax seeds and used fresh strawberries instead of frozen. To fill 6 popsicle molds, we doubled the recipe. Chunks of strawberries gave the smoothie pops some added colour and texture.
One of my all-time, personal, favourite smoothie recipes is a Chocolate Monkey from our Smoothies booklet. It’s so simple – just chocolate milk and banana. I bet that would make a great smoothie pop!