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Dessert for Breakfast: Berry Smoothie Popsicles

Smoothies are easy and nutritious. For those hot summer days, these breakfast berry smoothie popsicles are a real treat!

Three berry smoothie popsicles with fresh strawberry and blossom by FamilySpice.com

It could be the dead of winter, but my kids are always ready for ice cream and popsicles. I don’t get it. It’s definitely not just a kid-thing. It’s also my husband’s thing, too, who happens to be a giant kid, disguised as a 50-something man.

My kids also adore smoothies.  They help me boost my family’s immune system and battle the colds and sniffles we suffer through during the cootie-filled-months.

But, when the temperature goes up, the our berry smoothies turn into berry smoothie popsicles. The same great benefits in a deliciously cold package.

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Best fruits for smoothies

It’s not rocket science. It’s not like this hasn’t been done before. Feel free to use any combination of fruits and veggies you want in your smoothie popsicles. Just remember, if you add a lot of greens to a berry smoothie, you tend to get a gray looking smoothie.

For the question of fresh or frozen, I prefer to use frozen fruits when it comes to making smoothies. This way I do not have to add ice like you do with fresh fruit. I have a large variety of frozen fruits in my freezer. Some of my favorite fruits include:

I usually use fresh bananas, because I always have bananas in my house. But I also keep a stock of frozen bananas in the freezer for baking whole wheat banana bread. I sometimes use my frozen bananas when I do not have fresh ones available.

A pile of fresh whole peaches surrounded by juicy slices of peaches by FamilySpice.com

Frozen fruits are also more economical than fresh, which makes them a great option if you have a limited budget. For fresh fruits, you can add any of the fruits listed above in the frozen list, as well as:

You are no way limited to just fruits either. You can add vegetables to your smoothie as well. I suggest mixing both for better flavor. Some vegetable options include:

Frozen berries and nectarines in a blender for smoothie popsicles by FamilySpice.com

Best base for smoothies

My family does not have any food allergies, so the base of our berry smoothie is usually regular milk. I have also used yogurt mixed in with a little water to thin it out. You are definitely not limited to these choices.

Some great options for your smoothie base includes:

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What else can I add to my smoothie?

You can add even more things to your smoothie besides a liquid and fruits/vegetables. You can add more protein in the form of protein powder. Or you can add sweetness with honey.

You can also add immune boosting vitamins and nutrients to keep yourself and your family healthy. Here are some things I like to add to our smoothies:

A small glass milk bottle filled with apple raisin smoothie surrounded by ingredients and rustic kitchen scale by FamilySpice.com

Basic smoothie ratio

So now you have all the components to make your favorite smoothie, even if it is a simple strawberry smoothie! With these basic smoothie ratios, you can easily customize the flavors to fit you and your family’s preferences.

For a thick smoothie:

3 parts frozen fruit

2 parts liquid

1-2 TBS add ins

If this is too thick for your taste, use equal parts liquid and frozen fruit.

Top view of a bright green smoothie topped with chia seeds in a tall stemmed glass with floral napkin by FamilySpice.com

How to make smoothie popsicles

For popsicles, either ratios work fine as the entire mixture will be frozen solid. You can make the popsicles in inexpensive mini disposable cups or in fancy popsicle molds. I have done both options, and they both work well.

It’s just a preference of how you want your popsicles to look. Honestly, the kids don’t care. They think it’s a delicious popsicle they are enjoying.

And you can secretly smile, knowing it’s healthy AND fun.

Stay cool everyone!

Three purple smoothie popsicles made with blueberries, cherries and granola by FamilySpice.com

Yield: 8 popsicles

Berry Smoothie Popsicles

Three berry smoothie popsicles with fresh strawberry and blossom by FamilySpice.com

Smoothies are easy and nutritious. For those hot summer days, these breakfast berry smoothie popsicles are a real treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cup milk
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1/2 lb fresh assorted berries
  • 2 TBS protein powder
  • 1 TBS wheat bran
  • 1 TBS flax meal

Instructions

    1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth.
    2. Divide evenly into popsicle molds, above pictured using 5-oz paper cups.
    3. Place a wooden popsicle stick in the center of each cup and freeze until solid, 4-6 hours. If the popsicle stick won't stand up straight prior to freezing, place popsicles in the freezer for 30 minutes, then add the stick and continue freezing until done.
    4. If you're not going to eat the popsicles within 24 hours, put popsicles in a plastic freezer bag. Popsicles will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

You can use any of your favorite fruits and vitamins to customize your smoothie to your taste. My family loves strawberries, peaches, mango, raspberries and banana.

For added nutrition, add some spinach. You can also keep the green tops of the strawberries on or off.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

5

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g