26 May 2009

How to make healthy, layered freezer pops

Jennifer's fun, healthy popsicle alternative:

I make freezer pops with organic juice, organic yogurt and frozen blueberries all added into each pop holder- YUMMY and good for you! They come out layered and spotted!

Does anyone else have good freezer pop "recipes"? Mine never turn out as delicious as I think they should.

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Recommended by a friend. Lemon-blueberry pops: http://twofatals.com/?p=289. You could do better than frozen grape juice concentrate-- just use better juice.

I think the flavor doesn't work out sometimes b/c the cold "suppresses" your taste buds - you have to use concentrated juices, etc for it to taste "right", like a commercial popcicle.

What a coincidence....I just put in our first batch of popsicles, and I was coming online to hunt down new recipes. I made very strong agua fresca de jamaica, sweetened with agave nectar.

try blending a banana with organic vanilla yogurt and berries of your choice. pretty tasty...

I use whatever we would make smoothies out of- usually include some soft tofu, frozen fruit, yogurt, juice. my girl loves them- even though they are never the same!

Other hack- when she has a fever or sore throat, I add a dose of tylenor or motrin to the mix before i freeze them. ground up chewables work the best with complimentary flavored juices or fruits. it's important to make them well labled so they don't get more than the dose they should. she gets her meds, and sooths her sore throat at the same time!

I just made these out of the new Kraft Food & Family ... easy and YUMMY! I made them with the sugar-free, fat-free pudding mix, skim milk, reduced fat oreos. Still creamy and delicious.

I also tried them with vanilla pudding, a mashed banana, Nilla Wafters, and bit of toasted coconut for a frozen banana cream pie!

http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/cookies-creme-pudding-pops-92075.aspx

I love home-made popsicles! The ones you buy in the store are almost always so sugary. Like someone else said, they use juice from concentrate, or they use syrup. Blegh!

I use strong juices, like apple and orange juice. They are quite lovely and tangy. Eating a popsicle is just the same as drinking a small glass of juice and it`s great to cool down with during the hot summers!

I'm about to order some new, cool-shaped popsicle molds. I can't wait to start researching healthy, tasty, fruity recipes!

We make popsicles year-round - they make good snacks, treats, & dinner substitutes (oh, the fickle toddler appetite...). I buy inexpensive frozen fruit purees in the International section (in with the Latin American stuff) & blend a bag with some plain yoghurt, a banana or two, and honey/lime juice to taste. Blackberry & mango are house favorites... One batch makes at least 2 dozen small pops.

Last summer a friend stuck popsicle sticks into small watermelon slices and froze them. They were delicious!

LOVE homemade popsicles since I tend to be a tad obsessive re: sugar and other content.

Here's a post with comparison of some brands plus some tips for homemade pops: hope it's useful!

http://www.bostonmamas.com/2007/08/popsicle_fever.html

-Christine

I like to make fruit smoothies/purees and use that in the pops. The chunkier texture melts slower too which helps.
Our recent favorite is kiwis,strawberries, a squeeze of lime and some honey. I run it through the food processor and pour into molds.
I also like green pina colada... coconut milk, coconut shreds, pineapple, banana and baby spinach.

You all are making me hungry. Yummy. I am going to have to try this. I am always buying my kids popsicles. This sounds like something they would like.

We just got those old-school Tupperware popsicle makers from eBay. Our first batch was great! I pureed half a fresh pineapple with a bunch of strawberries. Pineapple is so sweet you don't need any added sweetener. I like the idea of coconut milk and lime...

After strawberry picking at the local farm, I mashed the berries and added white grape juice to the mash. I popped 3 oz paper bathroom cups (unwaxed) into a baking dish, filled the cups to a depth of 1 inch and covered all with plastic wrap. I punched popsicle sticks through the wrap and froze. The kids declared them the BEST POPSICLES EVER! I was the best mom ever when they had them with breakfast. Why not- there are good for them. Heh heh heh!

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