July 22nd, 2014

{video} Healthy popsicle recipes: Kale Berry and Mango Grape Pops

In my house, popsicles aren’t just for kids. I’m a sucker for popsicles, too, which is how I end up with grown up flavors like Tarragon Blackberry Grapefruit Pops (delicious, but tart) or Chili-Spiced Strawberry Watermelon Pops (not typical kid fare).

Psh, kids.

Eye-rolling aside, my little one’s picky palate has reminded me of the joy of simple sweet flavors, especially when it comes to popsicles. His taste has forced me to figure out healthier ways to achieve his favorite kid-friendly combos without tons of added sugar. So this summer, with the help of my friends at Earthbound Farm Organic, I’m ditching the herbs and spices and making pops out of berries, grapes, mango and just a little bit of kale.

What? You didn’t think I was going completely soft, did you?

Mango Grape Popsicle recipe | One Hungry Mama

The kids and I have been doing a bunch of pop experiments and our two favorites are Kale Berry and Mango Grape. The Kale Berry pops were inspired by a new Earthbound Farm product (that I’m obsessed with), Kale Berry Smoothie Kickstart.

Earthbound Farm Kale Berry Smoothie Kickstart | One Hungry Mama

Kickstart packs, which also come in Mango Peach Carrot, are pretty much a smoothie waiting in your freezer. All you have to do is add the bag of pre-mixed frozen fruits and veggies to your blender with your choice of liquid, yogurt and/or other boosts. Just like that, it’s smoothie time. The Kale Berry Smoothie Kickstart rocked my world so much that I decide to turn the combination into a popsicle puree using all-natural grape juice to sweeten and thin it out.

Earthbound Farm Kale Berry Pops ingredients | One Hungry Mama

Since the Smoothie Kickstart packs aren’t widely available yet, I’ve mostly been making Kale Berry Popsicles using Earthbound Farm frozen kale and their frozen blueberries. I go back and forth between their frozen or fresh strawberries—it depends on what’s available and both work. Whatever combination of fresh or frozen produce, having organic kale and berries on hand at all times is a lifesaver, especially since berries seem to always top the list of the most pesticide ridden foods. And turning them into pops, it turns out, is pretty genius.

Mango Grape Popsicles | One Hungry Mama

Thanks to Earthbound Farm, I also always have organic mango on hand. When their fresh mangos aren’t available, you’ll find their frozen organic mango in my freezer. I’d like to take credit for combining mango with green grapes, but when I excitedly grabbed Earthbound Farm organic grapes (organic grapes!!) at the market, the hungry boy was the one to suggest the pairing for pops. Because grapes have so much moisture, you barely need to add any liquid. Just a little bit of apple juice sweetens and loosens this puree, making it perfect for seriously refreshing popsicles.

Both the kale berry and mango grape purees can be used in other ways including baby food or yogurt mix in’s, so don’t skimp when you make them. Start by pureeing the fruit and veg with just a little water or juice, set some side for your morning yogurt parfait, then add more juice to turn the rest into healthy popsicle elixirs that will satisfy your little ones and you, too. Even without fancy, grownup herbs and spices.

Kale Berry puree for popsicles

(Can be shared with kids 6+ mos)*

Makes about 1 cup puree / 4 popsicles

1 cup Earthbound Farm Organic fresh or frozen strawberries

1/2 cup Earthbound Farm Organic frozen blueberries

1/2 cup all-natural grape juice

1/4 cup (about two small palmfuls) Earthbound Farm Organic frozen kale

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth. Pour puree into a popsicle mold and freeze.

*Note: To make this a puree that you can feed to baby or use in other ways, reduce liquid by half and, depending on who you are serving, consider substituting water, breast milk and/or formula for juice, which has higher sugar content. If the puree is still too thick, add more liquid by the tablespoon until desired consistency.

If you want to share these popsicles with babies, you can also use water in place of all or some of the juice to reduce the sugar. Wee ones won’t know the difference (in a good way)!

Mango Grape puree for popsicles

(Can be shared with kids 6+ mos)*

Makes about 1 cup puree / 4 popsicles

1/2 cup Earthbound Farm Organic frozen mango

1/2 cup Earthbound Farm Organic fresh green grapes

1/2 cup all-natural apple juice

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth. Pour puree into a popsicle mold and freeze.

*Note: To make this a puree that you can feed to baby or use in other ways, reduce liquid by half and, depending on who you are serving, consider substituting water, breast milk and/or formula for juice, which has higher sugar content. If the puree is still too thick, add more liquid by the tablespoon until desired consistency.

If you want to share these popsicles with babies, you can also use water in place of all or some of the juice to reduce the sugar. Wee ones won’t know the difference (in a good way)!

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