With these refreshing mixed berry homemade popsicles, your kids won’t even care that they’re healthy!
Is everyone tired of hearing about popsicles, yet? I sure hope not! With summer in full swing and the temps rising steadily, homemade popsicles are basically my reason for living.
Like with any food, I love experimenting with different flavors and textures. My current obsession is smoothie popsicles, because you can hide all kinds of superfood ingredients in them! Plus, they’re incredibly simple to experiment with.
In my experience so far, if it tastes good in a smoothie, it’ll taste even better frozen into a popsicle! So, take these ingredients and try it out. But once you’re done, be sure to take this same idea and run with it! Don’t be scared to make these your own by adding your favorite fruits to them! It’s pretty hard to mess them up!
Want to learn how to make these mixed berry superfood popsicles? Check out the recipe below!
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What You’ll Need:
- BPA free popsicle molds (I have these)
- 1 c frozen, mixed berries (fresh is also fine)
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins collagen peptides
- 2 oz orange juice or cranberry juice
- 1 c unsweetened, plain almond milk
- a blender (any old blender will do. Pretty sure mine is from the 90’s).
- Stevia to taste
A few notes on the ingredients:
Picture shows our orange creamsicle popsicles ready to go in the freezer. Same recipe, but sub OJ and a banana for the fruit and juice in this one!
Popsicle molds: There are tons of popsicle molds to choose from on Amazon. I actually perused for a good 30 minutes before settling on this one! Many were an astronomical price. So many others didn’t have anything to hold the popsicle stick in place. And then others actually managed to make the act of freezing a popsicle more complicated with things like pre-freezing the mold, using “keys” to loosen it, or requiring hand-washing all of the parts. This one was none of those things. It is affordable, dishwasher safe, came with a funnel for pouring, a stand to hold the molds, and a lid that keeps your popsicle stick in place. I basically couldn’t find a better deal, and I’m incredibly happy with the purchase!
Collagen Peptides: this is a flavorless powder that you can add to your coffee, tea, smoothies, and even things like soup! It doesn’t change the taste or the texture, so your kids (and you) will never even know it’s there! Collagen is amazing for your hair, skin, and nails, plus, it offers digestive support and keeps your joints healthy! It’s basically a must-have supplement for our family, and I love sneaking it into recipes my kids consider treats!
Ningxia Red: It’s been about a year since my family started drinking Ningxia Red daily, and I can say, the results have been phenomenal! We’re totally hooked, and don’t go a day without it. This drink helps support a healthy immune system and digestive system, naturally increases energy, and can give you a better ability to focus. It has the antioxidant power of 814 blueberries! Heyyy-Oh! As wholesale members, we’re able to order this monthly, and it was a huge deciding factor for us. If you’re not a member, get with me or your favorite YL member and grab yourself some! When we first started drinking it, we always found ways to blend it into our favorite drinks and treats (like this one), but now, even the kids love it plain!
Now, let’s make our smoothie, shall we?
Making a smoothie popsicle like this one is actually really simple. You simply need to add all of the ingredients to your blender, blend them into a smoothie. At this point, I like to taste it and see if it needs any stevia to sweeten it, but for this particular recipe, my family didn’t think it was necessary. Still, everyone’s sweet tooth is different, and if you’re just transitioning to a healthier lifestyle, the stevia may be necessary for you! Start small, and see how you like it.
Once it tastes the way I want, I just use the included funnel to pour the smoothie into my popsicle molds, put the lids on, and stick the whole thing in the freezer! Note: This recipe probably makes about 8 popsicles, but I only have 6 molds. You can either buy extra molds, or do like I do and pour the rest in a cup for your kids to enjoy while they wait!
Tip: I like to make our smoothies around dinner time, so that they have all night to freeze without my kids checking on them every 10 minutes. Regardless of when you make them, they’ll need about 6-8 hours to freeze solid, so keep that in mind! If you try to remove them before they’re done, the stick will come out and you’ll end up with a frozen smoothie bowl instead. Not quite as fun as a popsicle, amiright?
Once your popsicles are frozen solid, run each mold briefly under hot water to loosen them, and the mold should slide right off, and it’s time to enjoy!
Making popsicles has become a new summer favorite for my kids. Instead of a sugary treat loaded with artificial colors and void of nutritional value, we can now offer them a treat loaded with healthy ingredients that they actually enjoy! Are you as addicted to making popsicles as I am lately? I hope you enjoy this quick recipe! If you find a way to make it your own, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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