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 Responses

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

    1. 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. 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!

    1. 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. 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.

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

    2. 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!

    3. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 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?

    1. 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: https://heidipowell.net/4514/carb-confusion/. Happy carb cycling!

  5. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Not in Arizona heat, but Nebraska is pretty hot too! Thanks for the quick recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 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!!

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