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Monday Munchies: Green and Kid-Friendly Pina Colada Popsicles

It's Monday Munchies Time and here is mother of a toddler and former marketing professional Shinta Simon with a recipe that your picky eater will love and we have a feeling that you might be sneaking in a lick or two, as well. 
Take it away, Shinta! 

 

With the hot months approaching, and a picky eater at hand, how do you get your toddler to have her/his fruits and vegetable portions for the day?
You make them a nutrient-packed popsicle of course! 


Popsicles are easy and versatile and can be made with almost any combination of fruit and vegetable you may have at hand.
Fruit-based ice lollies, yoghurt-based posicles, or the ever-popular chocolate fudgesicles, the options are endless. It goes without saying that they are incredibly fun and satisfying on a hot summer day. To add to the fun, you could make these in a variety of molds, such as animal-shaped molds.

Here are a couple of our favorite popsicles that your child will surely enjoy, these are so yummy, 

it would be hard to resist joining in for a lick or two!


Green Popsicles: 
 

These sneaky treats taste great, and betray no signs of the spinach that is blended in.

 

 


Ingredients for 4 popsicles:

A handful of baby spinach

1 ripe banana

1 cup blueberries

¼ cup orange juice

Blend all together until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until firm


Variations: 

 Blueberries can be substituted with mango, strawberries or any inherently sweet  fruit of your 

choice 

 You could add a teaspoon of chia seeds to your smoothies for their protein and Omega-3 fatty 

acids content. Chia seeds have little to no flavor and absorb liquid quickly. 


Kid-Friendly Pina Colada Popsicles:


Ingredients for 4 popsicles:

1 cup chopped Pineapple (or tinned pineapple slices)

3/4 cup thick coconut milk

1 teaspoon honey

1-2 drops Vanilla essence (optional)

Blend all together until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until firm


Variations: 

 You can add orange juice for a more citrusy flavor 

 Mint and pitted cherries can be added for garnish while serving

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Editor's note: 
Thank you Shinta for this icy cool dollop of goodness. 
 

 

For those of you, who would like to know her better, Shinta is a full-time mother, and lives in Switzerland with her 2-year old son and husband. In her ‘previous life’ as a Marketing professional, she was based in Bangalore.
She is passionate about cooking, and tries to incorporate unprocessed and natural food as much as possible in their lives. She bakes and chronicles her baking adventures on Facebook as Sugar Rush and their daily adventures on Instagram as voteforfishcurryrice.

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