Fun in the Sun: Healthy Summer Popsicles!

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The temperatures here in AZ are deadly hot and only getting worse, and my kiddos are constantly begging for a cool summer treat to beat the heat. Although I love a classic Otter Pop or Ice Cream Truck favorite, I would much rather fill my kids’ growing bodies with a treat that’s equal parts nutritious and yummy! These fruit juice popsicles are just that! They’re made of all real ingredients, have no unnecessary dyes or preservatives, are super delicious, and easy to make with your little ones! With 4 hungry kiddos always searching for a snack, we doubled the recipe and it made plenty to go around. Adjust as fits your family’s needs!

What you’ll need:

1 large, ripe banana peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces and frozen

12 large strawberries – cut in half

1/2 cup pineapple or orange juice (or you could do a 1/4 cup of each to really mix it up!)

What you’ll do:

Blend all the ingredients together on high until smooth  (about 2-3 minutes). Pour mixture into popsicle molds. There are so many to choose from but we love the Zoku Classic Pop Molds and Popsicle Molds – Mamasicles! Pop in the freezer for about 2 hours and add sticks while firming. Place back into the freezer and freeze for 8 hours or overnight. Enjoy your yummy summer treat!

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Nutritional information per serving (doubled recipe makes 12 popsicles): Calories: 20.5, protein: .32 g, carbs: 5.05 g, fiber: .7 g, fat: .1 g.

Xoxo,

Heidi


26 Comments

  1. Andrea - June 29, 2015

    Are there products other than vemma bode shakes that you would recommend that fit with the carb cycling?

    • Team Powell - June 30, 2015

      Yes! As far as protein powders, Chris and Heidi recommend whey-based powders with between 15-20 grams of protein and less than 5 grams of carbs per serving. Hope that helps!

  2. Jenny - June 24, 2015

    fitness question…would you recommend Barre? My weight is fine at 134lbs (5ft 7in). I want to increase my muscle %. I am mixing Barre in with weight lifting. Should cardio be included or will that burn muscle too?

    Thx for what you and your whole team do for us!

    • Team Powell - June 24, 2015

      With any exercise routine, you’ll need to make sure you’re getting in cardio (Chris and Heidi recommend up to an hour, 5 days a week), as well as strength training. You need to get that heart rate up for a period of time (cardio) to get all the health and physical benefits of exercising. Hope that helps!

  3. Heather - June 17, 2015

    Sorry to see you deleted my comment when I came back to get the recipe, nothing I said was unkind. I didn’t mean to offend you mentioning my blender, I will refrain from any more comments. Have a blessed day.

    • Heather - June 17, 2015

      Of course now my other comment is showing. Oye. Sorry! To much heat for me today, these will be great to cool off tomorrow.

    • Team Powell - June 17, 2015

      No problem. All comments have to be approved before they are posted, I hope you understand. We get to them as quickly as we can! Hope you enjoy your popsicles!

    • Team Powell - June 17, 2015

      Hi Heather: I already replied to your other comment, but your comment wasn’t deleted. Every comment has to be approved before it’s posted, and we get to comments as quickly as we can. 🙂

  4. DeeDee - June 17, 2015

    Hi! I just read Chris’s book and I’m forming my plan to start the program. I just have a couple questions.

    Do I need vegetables even at my snack meals? Or can I just use the protein shakes?

    • Team Powell - June 17, 2015

      Yes, a serving of veggies (the non-root/non-starchy type) is recommended with every meal/snack. If you’re having a high carb meal and you’re full, you can skip the veggies. There’s an awesome graphic in this post (as well as some other great info) that will show you how to put together every carb cycling meal: http://heidipowell.net/4514/carb-confusion/. Happy carb cycling!

  5. Heather - June 17, 2015

    Girl, you need a Vitamix. You could have that blended in about 15 seconds! I love mine, and will be making these for my kiddos later 🙂 Not in Arizona heat, but Nebraska is pretty hot too! Thanks for the quick recipe 🙂

  6. Erin - June 17, 2015

    Love it! Awesome idea. What kind of blender is that? Thanks 🙂

  7. Ryann Evans - June 17, 2015

    Thanks for the recipe!! I just purchased some if those popsicle molds last week! My 4 kids will love this!! Anything to stay cool in this AZ heat!!

  8. Mary Arrotta - June 17, 2015

    Combination of fruits are endless! Great idea for my grandbabes when visiting this summer. Thanks for the healthy tip:)

  9. Melissa W - June 17, 2015

    My Daughter is 4 and she loves popsicle so this is perfect and more healthy for her ad me thank you Love you Guys

  10. Rachel - June 17, 2015

    Good morning Heidi, I absolutely love the Weight loss show I don’t get to see it very often as it doesn’t air on my network as I live in Ontario Canada. I would die in that heat unless I was close to a body of water or pool….. I really don’t like the taste of banana’s in a smoothie is there anything else I could use? I enjoy almost all fruits and I do try to have one smoothie with protein a day. I’m totally lost when it comes to my diet and food in take. That it’s got me all confused and stressed out. I have lost 110lbs but now I’m starting to gain it back. And before you ask I had gastric bypass surgery in March 2010…. I did very well but for the last 2yrs I have fallen into a deep depression with anxiety not to mention I am totally alone I have no support at all. I am getting better as now I’m able to take my Basset hound for a walk. I do have a few medical disorders that gets in my way and I try hard not to let them get in the way. When I was approved for my surgery I was to get the whole program with Psychological and Psychiatry to teach me about the Obesity illness and all the other help to teach you how to eat as it was part of becoming a healthy individual all around. All I got was the surgery so now I’m lost and everything has become confusing. You & Chris make me cry every time I watch your show for so many reasons. But bottom line you also give me hope…. Any help, knowledge or inspiring wisdom you could pass along would be greatly appreciated and taken to heart.
    Thank you for reading and acknowledging my email. I wish you much love and friendship.
    Sincerely,
    Rachel Charron

    • Team Powell - June 17, 2015

      Hi Rachel: Congratulations on those 110 pounds gone – that’s amazing! Here’s a post about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program (the same one they use on the show), and it outlines the steps you can take to develop healthy habits that will allow you to keep those pounds off for good! http://heidipowell.net/9060. And please discuss this, or any nutrition and exercise program, with your healthcare team first, and then follow their recommendations. As for a banana substitute for the popsicles, I’m not really sure what you could use instead. Maybe try a fruit that’s the same consistency as a banana? Maybe a mango or a peach? Hope that helps!

    • Joanne - July 1, 2015

      Hi Rachel, I’m on Ontario and watch the show all the time, I love the motivation!

  11. Jessica - June 17, 2015

    Love these! We have the same IKEA Popsicle molds!

  12. Katelyn - June 17, 2015

    I love this idea! I make smoothies with those excact ingredients plus yogurt for breakfast every morning and these Popsicles sound delicious!! I just made some:)

  13. jessica - June 17, 2015

    merci de l’idée car je fais attention à mon alimentation du a un légé surpoids et pas facile avec les gourmandises quand il fais chaud mais la je vais pouvoir en faire sans problemes merci

  14. Joy - June 17, 2015

    Thanks Heidi! I have been looking for a healthy recipe since I am staying away from ice cream. How many Popsicles do they make ?

    • Team Powell - June 17, 2015

      The recipe doubled makes 12 popsicles. Enjoy!

  15. Melissa - June 17, 2015

    My son and I cant wait to make these. They sound delish.

  16. Tina - June 17, 2015

    Yummmm! Can’t wait to make these with my munckins today!!! Thanks so much for sharing! XoXo

  17. Christine Ondrea - June 17, 2015

    These would be great with orange,peach,mango juice!!!!!

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