Has summer hit in your parts of the country or world? Because in Texas Summer is in full swing, triple digits and all. We have been here for two months almost, and it hasn’t been below 95 degrees but a few times. I am starting to wonder how Texans survive. It’s hotter than salsa here!! 😉
I guess it gives me a great excuse to make everything frozen and consume everything frozen. From frozen fruits to frozen Nuun. My favorite is homemade Popsicle’s because they are easy to make and enjoyed by all ages; yes even adults can love Popsicle’s. I have found that frozen grapes and Popsicle’s are the only way to survive pregnancy in the Texas summer heat. Oh and iced matcha lattes or iced coffee or I suppose everyone goes for the sweat tea here.
It probably wasn’t a good idea to move to Texas in the last trimester of your pregnancy at the end of May. Texas has given us a very big, WARM welcome. Thankfully, Barleans gave me the goods to create Popsicles!! It’s like they created our Popsicle Party theme just for me, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be apart of creating some fun and yummy recipes with their greens.
I have been enjoying too many fun variations of Popsicle’s, but I decided to keep it simple as we are so busy with transitioning here and trying to find a house, while living out of boxes, a storage unit and a one bedroom apartment. So these Popsicle recipes should take you 10 minutes to whip up and then a few good hours of freezing before devouring all!! I have learned after this summer, that I need more Popsicle molds. But my favorite thus far are from Zoku.
Zoku’s molds are easy to use and fit in the freezer nicely. Individual molds that are less challenging to pull out than other Popsicle molds. You can check out all their frozen treat dinnerware, from ice cream to pop or slushy makers here. There are a variety of different sizes and molds to fit your lifestyle.
I was also given some of my favorite Barleans greens, the chocolate greens and superfruit greens (a strawberry kiwi flavor). How could you not find a way to enjoy these in Popsicle form? The most challenging part was choosing what blends to share. My favorite were a traditional yogurt pop, for those healthy fats mixed with some superfruits and antioxidant power.
The superfruit blend from Barleans is a favorite among children and athletes, as you can easily mix it into yogurts, water and juice. The chocolate silk greens is for those chocolate lovers, like myself, and can be enjoyed hot or cold. It’s easy to consume those greens, only 1 in 10 American eat enough greens, with just a scoop of Barleans greens. So stop making excuses and pick up your own canister of greens or enter my giveaway on Instagram.
We need greens to supply energy and vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to our days. Greens also work in detoxification. The Barleans greens give you the added nutrition you need to survive the day and the heat. You’re kids will not even know they are consuming greens, I tested on my picky nephews. I throw them into smoothies nearly every day and make fun puddings & overnight oats with them.
Try the Stawberry Kiwi Sunrise Yogurt Pops or my Not So Chunky Monkey Pops, a blend of creamy greek yogurt with chocolate, peanut butter and banana. You won’t find anything in these Popsicle’s that’s unhealthy, so eat them for breakfast even. For an additional boost add some protein powder to the mixture before freezing. My Not So Chunky Monkey Pops, are named so, because typically chunky monkey flavors are loaded with empty calories that can contribute to weight gain, but these are loaded with nutrient dense foods with healthy EFA’s and antioxidants. The only thing chunky about them is the peanuts!!
Strawberry Kiwi Sunrise Yogurt Pops
- 1 1/2 – 2 c plain Greek yogurt
- 2 scoops Barleans Superfruit Blend (Strawberry & Kiwi)
- 2 cups strawberries, halved & washed
- 1-2 Tbs honey*
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Poor into Popsicle molds and let freeze for at least 6 hours for best results.
*can add to desired taste – I like a slightly sweet Popsicle.
Servings: 6-8 Popsicle
Not So Chunky Monkey Pops
- 1 3/4 c plain Greek yogurt
- 2 scoops Barleans Chocolate Silk Greens
- 2 bananas (frozen or fresh)
- 1/3 c peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth (in a blender). Pour into desired Popsicle molds and let freeze for at least 6 hours for best results. *Dip in peanut butter before consuming if desired, for even more peanut butter flavor.
Servings: 6 popsicles
I hope you enjoy!! I plan to share some more recipes, as I have tons of great ones planned.
Just a quick baby update: Baby is less than 3 weeks away from her due date and is loving playing soccer with mom’s bladder.
Have a wonderful, Popsicle inspired week and weekend!! Stay cool 🙂
Disclaimer: I am part of the Barleans Blogger team. The FTC requires that I disclose this. Although I was compensated by Barleans for this post and given free product, I have been using their products long before being compensated. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit