Green healthy popsicles that taste sweet and creamy and are full of hidden veggies including avocado and spinach – yes, spinach in a popsicle! – that will go undetected in these homemade, whole food, dairy free popsicles
Green Smoothie Healthy Popsicles
Can you imagine handing your child these green smoothie healthy popsicles and saying “Here, honey, have a spinach popsicle!”.
Ah, no. I wouldn’t recommend you say that, but that is exactly what this is. Also an avocado popsicle. A matcha popsicle. And a few other good-for-you-ingredients popsicle.
These are what we call “hidden-veggies treats” and they are worth their weight in gold. Not only because they are delicious and nutritious, but because they provide a way to get veggies into reluctant veggie-eaters.
Why does this work? Because the combination of ingredients are so delicious, creamy, tropical, that they disguise the veggie-flavored-veggies.
Come on along, and let’s explore this.
What Veggies are Hiding in this Popsicle?
Inside these fun pops you will find, spinach, avocado, matcha, cashews, and coconut water. All these ingredients contribute specific nutrients that are healthy, vegan, plant-based, and delicious.
How Healthy is Spinach?
Spinach is astonishingly high in iron, so important to the body because iron is needed to create hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen to your body’s tissues.
It is also high in calcium, a mineral essential for bone and nervous system health.
The dark green leafy vegetable is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate. And a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2.
How Healthy is Avocado?
The avocado is said to be useful in every body processes. The soft green fruit is a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium.
An excellent weight control ingredient, the avocado is full of healthy fats that make you feel full.
How Healthy is Matcha?
Matcha, as you probably know, is the leaf of a quality green tea plant ground up. Matcha provides all the nutritional benefits of matcha, including antioxidants, calm-enhancers, energy simulators, memory and concentration boosters, detoxifiers, and more.
Why Add Cashews to Healthy Popsicles?
Cashews taste sweet and buttery, making them the perfect addition to a creamy healthy popsicle recipe. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals that support blood and immune system function, including magnesium and potassium.
And What Does Coconut Water Add?
Coconut water is a bit sweet, and adds more minerals and electrolytes like sodium and potassium to this recipe.
How to Make these Sneaky Popsicles
It is very easy to make these popsicles if you have a fairly powerful blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix. The power is important so you can obliterate the spinach leaves – you don’t want specks of spinach giving away the secrets of these pops.
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Green Smoothie Healthy Popsicles
- Put one cup of raw cashews into water and refrigerate overnight. Rinse the next day for use in recipe.
- Throw all ingredients in blender except for spinach, avocado and matcha, blend smooth.
- Split mixture in half. Add avocado and spinach and matcha to one half.
- Pour the remaining white mixture into molds. Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Add the green mixture to the popsicle molds. Freeze for 15 minutes, insert sticks, freeze another 4 hours or overnight. To remove, dip mold in a pot of hot water and tug until they slide out. It's quite a process, don't let anyone tell you removing is easy. BUT once they are out, dip tips into nut milk, shredded coconut and eat!
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.