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Fruit and Veggie Pops
August 15, 2013 | Home >Healthy Kids > In the News >Fruit and Veggie Pops

Fruit and Veggie Pops

Summer is winding down for us…….sniff, sniff.  This summer has been one of my most fun and mostly because I have done so many things with my kids.  Even the days we don’t actually go somewhere to do something fun, I will bust out my lawn chair in the shade, hold my baby and watch my girls ride their scooters or bikes.  There is usually a common denominator for these summer days, and that is popsicles.  For a long while I was making our own popsicles everyday………and then I had a baby.  Dun, dun, dun…………But now that he is six weeks old (I can’t believe it!!) I have gotten back into my usual swing of things.  I’m always experimenting with making smoothies and turning them into popsicles.  Usually I will just do fruit, but today I decided to live on the wild side and throw some veggies in there.  They turned out delicious and kid approved.

Fruit and Veggie Pops. These pops are great for an afternoon snack!

Although I have tomatoes pictured – I actually didn’t add any.  I think it is good to start with veggies that are more mild tasting.  I blended: Peaches, 100% Apple Juice, 1/2 banana, Frozen berries, Kale, and Sweet Potato. The key to adding anything green to a popsicle is making sure you blend all of the pieces so fine that there aren’t chunks in it.  If a kid sees a green chunk in his popsicle, then game over.

Fruit and Veggie Pops. These pops are great for an afternoon snack!

Once everything is blended, pour into your popsicle molds, freeze and enjoy!  I love these pops because you know your kids are getting a variety of nutrients into a treat they love.  My girls get excited when I bust out my pop makers and they watch me make them and so know exactly what is in them.

Fruit and Veggie Pops. These pops are great for an afternoon snack!

Amelia loved these and was out eating one on the porch when one of her little friends came over.  She wanted one also and they both ate it up without any hesitation.  Success!!

Fruit and Veggie Pops. These pops are great for an afternoon snack!

For this recipe we used a Zoku Pop Maker:

Fruit and Veggie Pops. These pops are great for an afternoon snack!

Zoku Pop Maker

Fruit and Veggie Pops

Fruit and Veggie Pops
Serves: 10-12 pops
  • 8 ounces 100% Apple Juice
  • 1-2 peaches
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • Big handful baby kale
  • 1/2 cooked sweet potato
  Blend together until very smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.    
written by
Natalie Monson

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Rhonda says:

I love that they look like chocolate! My kids would totally go for those 🙂

Virginia says:

Where did you find the molds for the Popsicles?

Alan says:

I got to say that is amazing! My kids are VERY picky eaters and when I tried this they were just chomping them down.

Anything acidic helps to cut the greens flavor, so I usually add juice from 1/2 lime or lemon when adding greens. Also, chocolate coats the tastebuds and masks a lot of veggie flavor, so cocoa is a great one to add with milder veggie-fruit blends, especially creamy ones with bananas and/or avocados.

Natalie says:

This is a Zoku pop maker. The link is posted above at the bottom of the post. I love mine!

Fiona D says:

Yeah definitely a great idea. My kids would eat these up no probs 🙂 btw I love your creativity with these, I would never think of doing this by myself so thank you 🙂

M says:

My blender doesn’t blend smoothly.. I blend it for long time but still lot of chunks. I tried to blend clementines and it gives out threads fibrous and not smooth at all. My kid didn’t like it. Please suggest me the best way to blend. Or the good blender.

Jamie Spetnagel says:

What can I use besides bananas! My youngest is very allergic 🙁

Antoinette says:

How did you make them look like chocolate? Did you dip them in chocolate coating? I am so interested in trying these

Natalie says:

You could try frozen mango. That will add sweetness and a thicker creamier texture.

Natalie says:

I’m not sure what kind of blender you have, but not all blenders are created equally. I would recommend either a Blendtec or a Vitamix if you are serious about wanting to blend things really well. I use mine literally everyday.

Natalie says:

Isn’t it funny they look like chocolate? They don’t taste like it 🙂 It is actually just the combination of the ingredients. The berries and the kale with the sweet potato just turned it that color.

My friend at got a Blendtec and wasn’t happy with the chunky greens, same as her regular blender. She swears by the Vitamix she got to replace it!

yeng says:

Did you cook the sweet potatoes and kale first or do you blend in raw?

Alexis says:

Love the idea. I love sweet potato but haven’t been able to find them lately. Do you think this could be done with canned pumpkin instead?

Natalie says:

Yes that would definitely work!

Michelle says:

Do you cook the kale before adding?

Natalie says:

No. I put mine in the blender frozen. 🙂

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this,
like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with
some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that,
this is great blog. A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

Mariam says:

Can I use normal kale instead of baby kale

Liz says:

Made these for the kids last night in some cool Tovolo monster popsicle molds. These popsicles were a hit and definitely will make again. If you didn’t know, you’d think there was added sugar and no veggies in them, making these a great sneaky treat alternative! Thank you!

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