Isabel De Los Rios, Certified Nutritionist, Certified Exercise Specialist has sent us some great ideas for fun and nutritious popscicles! ENJOY!
She says… I have found in my years as a nutritionist that those people who keep their eating plans fun and interesting are always the ones that stick to their
Makes sense right?
Nobody likes “boring”…whether it’s at work, at home or with your food…new, fun, and interesting is really the spice of life (no pun intended).
This is especially true with children. If I want them to eat healthy, not only does it have to be delicious, it has to be FUN, and whether adults know it or not, they are looking for the same fun in their own eating plans.
My new fun discovery this month… more long term and have an easier time losing weight.
Homemade popsicles are so super easy to make and I find that they can accomplish 3 very important goals in a healthy eating plan:
Combat any afternoon or after dinner sweet cravings. Easily include veggies and fruits you may not otherwise eat in your meal plans (especially for young children and non-veggie lovers) Give you a delicious snack or dessert option that the whole family will enjoy. Making homemade popsicles is simple. All you need is:
- A blender
- Your recipe ingredients
- Popsicle molds (can be found at most supermarkets and online)
Here are a few simple recipes I like to use.
Combat a Craving
I find that most people don’t need an entire chocolate cake or box of cookies to kick any potential cravings that come their way…just a little taste of something will usually do it.
Have a chocolate craving? Try this yummy treat:
Choco Banana Popsicles
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 ripe
- 2 tablespoons cocoa (or raw cacao powder) powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- dash of salt
- 2 tablespoons or
- Pour coconut milk into blender. Add bananas, , vanilla, salt, and honey or maple syrup. Blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness (this will depend on how sweet/ripe your bananas are). Pour into popsicle mold and freeze as directed.
Get kids (and adults) to eat veggies
Super Green Popsicles
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 medium pineapple
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 tablespoon Athletic Greens (*optional – for extra added nutrition)
- Blend until smooth and pour into molds.
Sweet Potato Popsicles
- 3 organic sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon organic nutmeg or cinnamon (or both)
- 1 tablespoon Athletic Greens (*optional – for extra added nutrition. Will change the color of your popsicles)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash your sweet potatoes and cut in half. Place skin side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from the oven and let cool. Scoop out the sweet potatoes and throw away the skin.
- In a blender, combine the sweet potatoes, coconut milk, honey and spices. Puree until smooth. Add more coconut milk if the mixture is too thick – you should be able to pour it.
- Pour into your popsicle mold and let freeze. Serve frozen and enjoy.
I like to add a tablespoon of Athletic Greens into the popsicles I make for my husband (as shown above as optional). He is not a veggie lover at all (so why did he marry a nutritionist, right?) so any added nutrition I can add to his eating plan is essential.
He loves to have a popsicle after dinner along with the kids and knowing he’s getting the extra benefit of added vitamins and minerals from the Athletic Greens makes him feel great about including this delicious treat into his eating plan.