Healthy Snacks for Kids: DIY Smoothie Pops

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My boys eat a lot. They are bottomless pits and are constantly begging for more food. It’s easy to hand your kids bread, crackers, and other similar goodies to help fill them up, but healthy snacks for kids are a way better option.

I try to keep some healthy snacks for kids in the fridge at all times, like carrot sticks and guacamole, but one of the favorites around here is a good frozen treat. Smoothie pops are a great way to keep lots of healthy snacks on hand and they’re super simple to make.

Any smoothie you make can be frozen and I often freeze leftover smoothies for later. The zipper ice pop bags I use are great for this, since you just pour and zip shut, but you can use popsicle molds or even reusable silicon molds.

It’s really simple to whip up a healthy smoothie pop.

healthy snacks for kids

Chocolate Banana Smoothie Pops

This particular recipe is a favorite in my house. It’s also super easy to make and pretty healthy, too.

3 bananas
2 cups milk (or alternative)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
3 tablespoons cocoa powder

Blend until smooth and fill your smoothie pop bags.

Orange Banana Smoothie Pops

These are packed with vitamins and are great for sick kiddos who are refusing orange juice and the BRAT diet.

2 bananas
3 cups orange juice

Blend until smooth. Fill the smoothie bags.

Basic Watermelon Pops

These were also a big hit, but they are literally one ingredient!

Half a watermelon, seeds removed

Cut the fruit into chunks and blend until the watermelon liquifies. Pour into smoothie pop bags.

Fruity Green Smoothie Pops

If your kids balk at green smoothie pops, just add enough cocoa powder to disguise it. That being said, we love our Shrek pops around here.

2 bananas
1 cup strawberries
1 cup spinach, packed
2 cups milk or orange juice

Blend until smooth. This is made easier if you put the spinach in the blender first. FIll your bags.

What’s your favorite smoothie blend?

 

 

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