I've been slowly spreading the word to everyone who will listen to me for a few minutes about how much I love my Vitamix blender. A few of my friends have even purchased one and they too are now a part of the V.F.C. (Vitamix Fan Club), spreading about how they can blend things they've never blended before. And for those of you who are about to tell me about how much your juicer makes you want to sing from the tops of mountains - don't bother. You can make so many more things with a Vitamix (soups, dough, granitas, nut flours, nut milks... the list goes on and ON) and there's no messy clean up. 60 second with a little water and dish soap and the Vitamix practically cleans itself. I'm a believer. If I was going to preach on the subways trains of NYC, it'd probably be about how much I love my Vitamix. That's how much I love it.
The Vitamix is the reason I have a green smoothie (way better for you than green juice!) every morning. It got me thinking... If I can drink these smoothies, surely I can freeze them into portable smoothie pops. I mean, it might be September, but the summer heat is finally warming up to 90 degree weather in the city and I've finally started thinking about icy, frozen treats.
On top of being delicious and oh-so nutritious, these pops fit the three main criteria for awesome kid-friendly food: 1. Food on a stick, 2. They can get a little messy, and 3. They hide tons of nutrients while delivering them in a fun way! So trick whoever it is you need to trick (maybe even yourself?) into eating their veggies and cool off with this of the moment twist to a summertime treat.
Ingredients & Supplies
- 3 big handfuls of kale
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup of pineapple, diced
- 1/2 head of romaine lettuce
- 1/2 green apple
- 1 small piece of ginger
- 1 lemon
- Coconut water
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 6 Dixie Cups or popsicle molds
- 6 Popsicle sticks
The fun bit is that you can put more or less of whatever veggies and fruit combos you love - more bananas? Less green stuff? Just make sure you're using mostly raw veggies and fruit, not processed syrups or juices from concentrate and you're good to go!
- Wash and roughly chop kale and romaine. Cube pineapple and skin ginger.
- Layer from soft to firm: bananas, romaine, kale, pineapple, apple, and ginger in your blender. Squeeze lemon over the top and pour in coconut water til it reaches halfway up the veggies and fruit. Fill to the top of the ingredients with water and blend.
- Fill dixie cups or molds with the smoothie mixture, inserting popsicle sticks into the mixture. For a little stability you can cover the cup with aluminum foil first, then insert the stick through the foil into the mixture. This will help the sticks stand up straight while the mixture is freezing.
- Freeze until firm. To unmold the pops, run them under lukewarm water until you can twist them out of the cups.
The $$$ Breakdown:
- Total Cost of Ingredients: Around $10.00, with enough left over for one smoothie and tons of supplies for future DIY homemade popsicle creations!
- Cost per serving: About $1.00
Recipe and Photography by Lauren Durden