Summer Paletas

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Happy June!!! Summer is my favorite time of the year. The warm days, the constant sunshine and all of the yummy summer fruits that surface. Watermelon, peach, berries, the list goes on! Another thing that reminds me of summer is ice cream! I could eat a container in one sitting, but we all know that wouldn't be good! So I combined some of my favorite things together to make these yummy and beautiful creations that I can eat any time of the day and use to stay cool all summer long.

 Ice cream for breakfast anyone?

Paletas are "frozen fruit bars" or popsicles in Spanish. One thing I love about Mexico is that many of their ice cream and gelato shops don't compromise health for taste. All of their goodies are made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and no sugar alternatives. I imagine if I had children this is what I would try to trick them to eat as a healthy alternative for ice cream. But since I don't, I'll just eat them all myself... guilt-free! :) Target had these popsicle molds on sale so I scooped up a couple and got a bunch of random ingredients to combine with stuff we already had at home. Check out 4 fun and healthy and YUMMY recipes to make your own summer paletas at home!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • popsicle molds

  • ingredients

  • a blender

  • fun straws or popsicle sticks if your molds do not come with any sticks

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Fruit + Yogurt

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

  • 1 cup vanilla coconut milk

  • handful of strawberries

  • 1-2 kiwi

  • 1 tablespoon granola (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Roughly chop the strawberries and peel and slice the kiwi

  2. Blend together all but a few strawberries with 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup coconut milk until smooth and set aside

  3. Separately blend 1/2 cup greek yogurt and 1/2 cup coconut milk

  4. Add kiwi slice and a couple of remainder strawberries to popsicle molds

  5. Top with spoonfuls of strawberry yogurt blend followed by Greek yogurt blend into popcicle molds until full

  6. Add granola to the tops for a nice crunch!

  7. Insert sticks into molds and pop into the freezer a minimum of 6 hours

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Neapolitan

This is just a fun layered mix of 1. pineapple/coconut water mix, 2. watermelon/coconut water mix and 3. the green smoothie! The tip to these beauties is to pour in your first layer and let freeze for about 2 hours before pouring the next and so on. You can layer as many layers as will fit into your molds! Pop the stick in at the last layer before the pop is completely frozen.

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Green Breakfast Smoothie

*disclaimer: this is my absolute favorite green smoothie in life so you will get addicted! I make it daily for breakfast and it proves to be just as yummy as a popsicle! perfect way to hide those veggies from your kids ;)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of fresh spinach

  • 1 banana

  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh pineapples

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

  • a few pieces of fresh mint

  • 1 tablespoon agave or coconut nectar (I don't use this in my smoothie but it adds a bit of natural sweetness for these!)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend together until smooth.

  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for a minimum of 6 hours, inserting sticks before they are completely frozen

  3. Magic chocolate shell recipe here! Dip in or pour over top of the paletas!

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Pineapple + Watermelon

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups coconut water

  • 1 cup watermelon, cubed

  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh pineapples

  • Blend together 1 cup coconut water with 1 cup watermelon, set aside.

  • Blend together remainder cup coconut water with 1/2 cup pineapples

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Drop some pineapples at the bottom of the molds

  2. Pour in layer of watermelon/coconut water mix and put into freezer and allow to slightly freeze for 1 hour until slightly frozen but ice is still breakable at touch

  3. Pour in layer of pineapple/coconut water mix

  4. Continue freezing and pouring layers until you have reached the top of the mold

  5. Insert sticks or straws before they are completely frozen

These are all amazing treats that can be enjoyed all summer (or year) long! Make them your own with all types of berries, fruits, juices and other toppings! I plan on serving these up at the next summer party I throw :)