Hot summer afternoons are made for frozen treats. If the ice cream truck is a constant presence at your local park or other spots your family frequents then you need to have great options on hand at home to compete. Recipes and ideas abound for frozen treats that you will feel good about giving your kids (and won’t leave their faces dyed blue).
Whether it is a bit of protein, hydrating fluid or a serving of fruit or vegetables, each of the frozen treats I’m highlighting here will add something to your child’s day. The best part? They are simple to make. So, while there are some One Guiding Stars Sugar Free Popsicles and Three Guiding Stars No Sugar Added Fat Free Frozen Yogurt options available at the market, I think you will enjoy trying the recipes below.
Quick Tip: Reduce food waste and have fruit ready to go for many of the recipes below by freezing fruit that won’t be enjoyed at its peak or has become over ripe.
Speaking of frozen fruit…
For a very quick frozen snack, go for frozen 2 Guiding Stars grapes or other fruit. Bring it along to the pool or park for a quick, easy to pack snack.
Have you ever tried frozen bananas? Their creamy texture practically mimics ice cream! Lucky for you, there is no need for another appliance when you can make creamy Dark Chocolate Dairy Free Ice Cream or Banana Cream Sundaes using a simple blender and ripe bananas!
Make this kid-friendly recipe for frozen banana pops that offers yet another use for 3 Guiding Stars non-fat, plain Greek yogurt. You can also make some pops with nut butter by simply melting peanut, almond or soy nut butter in the microwave and rolling the banana in it before freezing.
It’s a smoothie… It’s a pop…
Homemade popsicles and frozen yogurt pops can be made even more fun with Perfect Pop Molds from Pinterest, which are the ideal match for these smoothie recipes.
Get patriotic with this Red, White, and Blue Smoothie that can be enjoyed as a frozen pop. Add even more to this recipe by blending in 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed–a simple addition that adds a significant amount of essential omega fats.
Freeze this Blueberry Cocoa smoothie, which is so good your kids won’t even know you blended in a cup of spinach! Or for even more veggies turn these Lean Green or Carrot-Papaya smoothies into a pop.
Your kids want an Italian ice.
Avoid high sugar icy treats with these recipes for Lemon or Apricot Granitas. Kids will also love the icy, frozen texture of these Strawberry-Watermelon Popsicles.