Friday, June 28, 2013

Great Green Popsicles!

It's HOT out. Summer officially began a week ago and the heat is in full effect in Brooklyn. The farmers markets are full of fruits and veggies and light, refreshing foods are just about all that sounds good. With the holiday week ahead of us, too, now is the perfect time to blend up some delicious and refreshing fruit and vegetable combo popsicles. They are the perfect snack for you or your little ones and are a great way to up the veggies in your diet. I found the silicone molds on and love them, but if you have the traditional molds with sticks/handles, those are great, too!

My kid is really into colors right now, so I like to make our popsicles monochromatic these days. Getting creative with layering contrasting colors would be fun, too! Maybe vanilla yogurt, blueberries, and strawberries for the 4th of July or chocolate and vanilla yogurt swirl for a rich treat? Today we whipped up a batch of great green pops, using handfuls of green fruit and some cucumber, kale, and zucchini to round out the nutrition. They are sweetened with fruit and a little maple syrup and lightened up with fresh lime juice. Great and green!

Great Green Popsicles

2 cups ripe honeydew melon
1/2 cup green pear
2 kiwis
Popsicle Monster!!
1/2 ripe haas avocado
1/2 cup zucchini
1/2 cup unwaxed cucumber (with skin)
2-3 large leaves green kale, torn into a few pieces
1/2 c or so almond milk, coconut milk, or other milk of your choice
2-3 T grade B maple syrup
juice of 1 lime

Chop fruit and veggies up into evenly-sized chunks and combine in a good blender. Start blender on low and add milk, as needed, just until there is enough that everything is caught in the blending and green stuff is becoming uniform. Turn it to high and blend until very smooth, making sure there are no chunks or big pieces of kale floating around in there. Add maple and lime juice. Blend and taste. Adjust lime and maple, adding it until it tastes good. If your fruit is ripe, you
probably won't need much maple. Remember that when it is frozen, it will be less sweet and less tangy, so be generous with your seasonings!

Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

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