Food/ Healthy Kids

Sweet Fruit & Veggie Popsicles

I made some simple blueberry-kale popsicles for Penelope’s end-of-the-school-year party earlier this month. They such were a hit with most of the kids that I was glad I made such a big batch.

I have found that forming popsicles in an ice cube tray is the perfect size for toddlers. If I give Penelope a larger sized popsicle, she will eat half of it and then decide she is done. I guess you could just refreeze it, but that is kind of gross, so I end up just pitching it. I hate wasting food, especially food that I made from scratch and invested my time into. If you go with the ice cube size, they finish it and nothing goes to waste.

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These are the kind of molds I have. I think I got them at Bed Bath and Beyond. I am not even sure if they are BPA free, but if you are only freezing with them it won’t leach into your food. Since I like the ice cube tray the best, I am going go ahead and buy this stainless steel ice cube tray, just to be on the safe side. If you use an ice cube tray, I used lollipop sticks.

blueberry kale popsicle recipe

I wanted to try and make a popsicle that matched the color scheme of the party. The green came out great, but the blue came out kind of brown from the bananas.

To get a cool layered look, you pour in one color first and let it freeze, then pour in the next color and let it freeze. Put in the last layer and then put the stick in for the final freeze.

I love this recipe that I came up with last summer, but this time I did a combo of a kale-pineapple-banana layer and a blueberry-banana layer. The blueberry-banana was not as sweet as I hoped, so next time I would add some pineapple to that as well.

For the kale-pineapple-banana, I used 2 cups kale, one whole pineapple and two bananas.

For the blueberry-banana, I used 2 cups blueberries, 1 cup water and about 4 bananas.

Hope your kids like them as much as Penelope and her friends did! For more inspiration for popsicles, I like this book, but I would never put tofu in a popsicle for anyone (soy is not good for you!) like is suggested in the book.

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  • Lindsey
    June 21, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Yum!!! And using the ice cube tray is perfect! My 2yo only eats about a 1/3 of a regular size one & end up eating the rest! I’ve done several fruit combinations but never thought about adding our extra kale (we always have a few leaves go to waste each week)!!! Good idea 🙂

    Question though…Do your craft sticks float around? That’s why I initially switched to using molds.

    • Stephanie
      June 21, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      I haven’t tried to reuse my craft sticks. I wonder if I could wash them off real quick and dry them off?

      • Lindsey
        June 21, 2012 at 1:31 AM

        Sorry…I meant the lollipop sticks. Craft/popsicles sticks I’ve been told have to be soaked to keep them from floating around before the popsicle freezes. Do lollipop sticks do the same?

        • Stephanie
          June 21, 2012 at 1:54 AM

          Oh, no, I did not soak them first and they kept in place just fine.

  • Cassandra
    June 21, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    If you use some citrus, it will help keep the bananas from getting as brown. Still some color change, but not as much.

    • Stephanie
      June 21, 2012 at 3:42 AM

      That is a good point! I think next time, I will just do blueberry/strawberry like I normally do.

  • Tiffany
    June 21, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    These look wonderful and healthy! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Question – why is soy not good for us? My family likes to eat edamame – should we discontinue? Thanks. I love your blog and for all the ways you share eating healthy and making healthy food choices.

    • Stephanie
      June 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Glad you like them!! Do a search about soy and Weston A Price Foundation and check it out.

      • Tiffany
        June 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Wow! Thank you for the information.

  • Brita
    June 21, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    I’m curious – was the kale cooked first, or just put in raw? And do you use a blender? Food processor? Juicer?

    • Stephanie
      June 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      It was raw. About once or twice a week I eat raw kale or spinach, but most of the time I cook my veggies with butter to break down the phytic acid.

  • Liz M
    June 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I can’t wait to try this over the weekend, it looks great! Do you think that you could sub spinach for kale? (we always have a ton of spinach around here lol)

    • Stephanie
      June 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      For sure! Spinach is sweeter than kale so it would taste better probably!

  • Shannon
    June 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Good afternoon Stephanie – I see in your picture you have the Silicone Ice Pop Makers sticking in from the right – have you tried them and did you like them? I have the same pop makes you used above and made raw milk kefir popsicles with OJ and my daughter LOVES them, but I was thinking of getting the silicone ones for some raw milk yogurt as well and I’d like to know what you thought! Love your blog! Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      June 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Hi Shannon. I do not like them. 🙁 They are a great product as far as something that is chemical free, but they are just hard for toddlers to handle. If you have older children or teenagers they would be fine. But for a toddler, still working on their fine-motor skills, its just out of there league.