Strawberry Banana Smoothie & Popsicles, One Recipe Two Ways
Personally I'd rather be curled up on a couch with snow falling outside, a hot cup of anything in my mug, candles lit, and a good movie on. But summer is here after all. On the bright side, I can finally bust out my favorite sun dresses and sandals! And I don't have to spend half an hour bundling the girls up every time we go somewhere, looking for countless mitten and scarves that disappear as often as matching socks do.
Since my girls can't ever wait for the nice evening to roll around, I like to serve them lots of frozen treats to keep them cool and hydrated during the hot summer days. But I loathe those sugary popsicles. And sure these days a lot of them are made with real fruit, but they still have added ingredients.
Plus I recently found out that Kylie is lactose intolerant. The kid had a stomach ache for seven years! Now I know why. I just assumed she had a sensitive stomach like I do. She has been whining and whining, thinking she won't be able to have ice cream anymore. I told her that there is non-dairy ice cream, but since we always have coconut milk on hand, I thought why not make our own non-dairy frozen treats with no sugar, preservatives, food coloring , etc. The best part is that you can sneak in kale. This green leafy vegetable is packed with nutrition. I've experimented with celery, spinach, and other greens; kale has the best texture and you can hardly taste it when it's blended with fruit and juice. This smoothie recipe of mine doubles as the perfect frozen treat!
Strawberry Banana Frozen Treat/Smoothie
-2 cups frozen, sliced strawberries
-2 bananas sliced
-1/2 cup milk
-1 cup fruit juice (preferrably apple juice, the flavor blends in and doesn't overpower the other fruit flavors)
-(optional) 1 cup kale
-blend on high until smooth and drink as is, or poor into ice tray or popsicle molds and freeze at least 2 hours
*Let the Kiddos Help: slicing the banana with a butter knife is a safe way to let your little chef practice their cutting skills!