• Su-Nui Escobar, MS, RDN

Tips and tricks for delicious homemade and eco friendly popsicles

Updated: Dec 14, 2019

At home we love these popsicles as snack or dessert.



Homemade popsicles are one of the favorite snacks in my family. My son eats practically anything that I freeze and call popsicle! At home, we make many different ones. From carefully planned ones to popsicles using the green juice that we did not finish, or leftover yogurt or bananas. Talk about sustainability!

One of our favorite recipes at home, we make them from almost anything, even green juice.

As a nutritionist, the frozen popsicles help us eat nutritiously and are an excellent substitute to the frozen popsicles at the supermarket, which are full of sugar and lack nutrients. As a person who wants to keep a healthy environment and family budget, the homemade popsicles are perfect. They are cheap and help us reduce food waste.

Tips to success


Fruit popsicles: We make popsicles with fruit puree and a few drops of lemon or lime to reduce the texture of ice, our can make them using fruit juice or combination of fruit and vegetables. Carrot, orange, ginger and lemon popsicles are one of our favorites. It is common] for us to make a little extra juice in the mornings and use it make popsicles. Cutting fruits into small cubes and add it to the mold make popsicles more fun.


Creamy popsicles: I love using yogurt or regular or reduced fat milk to add protein and create a creamy texture. To make our yogurt popsicles, I usually just pour the yogurt into the mold and sometimes I add pieces of fruit and once or twice have added chocolate morsels. For the milk popsicles I mix milk and fruit in a blender and pour the mix in a popsicle mold.


Invests in reusables molds: will make your life easier. Mine is a cute one from Amazon that I purchased for under $12 dollars.

Remember that for an easy un-mold, simply you can put the popsicles in a container with room temperature or warm water.


Freezer time: Generally the popsicles take a minimum of 4 to 6 hours in the freezer.


Recipes

Strawberry and banana popsicles

Yield: 6 servings


Ingredients

1/4 cups of milk

1 cup of strawberries

1 banana

1 cup of yogurt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preparation method

Combine all the ingredients in a blender.

Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and insert sticks.

Place the molds in the freezer and freeze until completely frozen, about 4 hours.


Carrot, orange, and ginger juice popsicles How many times have you tried to make your kids eat vegetables and enjoy them? These popsicles do the trick! Both carrots and orange juice are on the sweet side, so they are tasty. They are also an excellent source of vitamin A and C among others that help the immune system of the children and their parents. I like to prepare this juice to serve at breakfast and just make a little more to pour it in the popsicles molds to eat during the week as a snack or even for breakfast.

Ingredients

Juice of 4 oranges

2 cups of carrots cut into pieces or "baby carrots"

1 small piece of ginger

Enough water to mix


Preparation method

Combine all ingredients in a blender.

Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and insert sticks.

Place the molds in the freezer and freeze until completely frozen, about 4 hours.

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