Monday, June 28, 2010

Homemade Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles

Remember, it's the Summer of Fun, and besides a morning at the pool and strawberry-picking on a sunny afternoon, nothing says "Summer of Fun" to a young child quite like sitting outside with a Popsicle, letting it drizzle all over her chin and knees and wet swimsuit as she tries to eat it all before it melts. And while I've got nothing against the completely non-nutritious store-bought version as an occasional treat, I also like to make homemade versions using my mom's old Tupperware Popsicle set (which, now 30 or so years old, is missing one mold). Why let your kids go all whole-hog on the high-fructose corn syrup and artificial dye every time, when you can make something just as tasty, a whole lot prettier, and with some healthy ingredients included? And, as an added bonus, you can let our kids help make them, and then you've burned some summer daylight and spent some quality time with your babes to boot. All in the name of a better Popsicle. Enjoy.

Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles
(makes 6 Tupperware-sized or Dixie-cup Popsicles)

Mix about 1-1/2 to 2 cups nonfat vanilla yogurt (Dannon makes a good one, in a quart container) with 1 cup chopped strawberries. (If you have tiny ones from your backyard berry patch, feel free to leave them whole). Spoon into Popsicle molds or small Dixie cups. Cover each mold with a small piece of aluminum foil.

Take a small, sharp paring knife and carefully make a small slit into each mold's foil "lid." Poke a small pretzel rod into each hole for a stick, making sure the rod is inserted deep enough to hold up the Popsicle later (about halfway).

Freeze until firm, about four hours. Remove foil and carefully unmold each Popsicle.

Eat on the patio, after running through the sprinkler.


smoothie recipes said...

Nice idea you've got here, strawberry smoothie popsicles! I will surely give it a go, my twin boys are going to love it for sure. Probably I'll use a smaller mold for this one though. And I think I'll make a mango smoothie popsicle for myself, too, lol!

Gracie or Palomiux said...

Love it!!!!
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