Here is a simple way to make homemade fruit popsicles. I am sure your kids will appreciate frozen treats and you can make them eat fruits in a fun way.
1 cup of orange juice (100%)
1 and 1/2 cups of frozen mangoes
4 tablespoons of agave nectar (or 3 tablespoons of sugar)
1/4 cup of chocolate chips (I used dark)
Add all orange juice, frozen mangoes, and agave nectar in a blender and blend them well. I used smoothie option of blendtec.
Now add chocolate chips and freeze them in your favorite popsicles mold. Freeze for a day and serve.
I loved chia seeds instantly when I heard about its benefits on Dr. Oz show. That’s one of my all time favorite shows, as you can learn about different products on it. Anyways, Chia seeds are full of fiber and protein.
It is similar to basil seeds, which we used in Indian falooda (a frozen drink). I guess they are cousins of the same family.
I recently purchased them from trader joes. They were extremely expensive, but I had to buy them anyways. I have found better deal in Costco for chia seeds. Chia seeds can be used in smoothies, milk cereals, puddings, salad dressings, and also in muffins. Just like we use wheat germ or flax seeds. They plump up in 2-3 hours after soaking in the pudding or smoothies.
So anyways, let me share my first experiment with them.
I made a frozen smoothie by using trader joes’ frozen mangoes this time, but you can chose any fruits you like. Just freeze the fruits in the freezer for few hours. (Example: pineapples, mangoes, bananas, coconut milk… Combos)
1 and 1/2 cups of Frozen mangoes
1 cup of yogurt (any regular or Greek)
1/4 cup of agave nectar (or any sweetener)
2 cups of cold water (or coconut milk + water)
1/4 cups of chia seeds
I blended mangoes with yogurt, agave, and water in my Blendtec (smoothie setting).
Now take it out in a container. Add chia seeds and incorporate them well in the smoothie.
I refrigerated it overnight. You can keep it for 3-4 hours
Craving for iced tea. Try this.
1 Tea bag (English breakfast tea), 1 cup of water, 1 slice of lemon, 3 tablespoons of agave nectar or honey, lots of ice.
Method: Prepare your tea water in microwave. Now add agave nectar and lemon slice in a glass and muddle it well. Add tea water and lots of ice cubes. Serve.
(Note: You can try fresh peaches, mint leaves, orange slices, other aromatics to flavor your iced tea. Just muddle everything well.)
I love this smoothie, as it looks pretty and tastes great.
1/2 cup of Frozen Mango
1/2 cup of Honey Dew
1 cup of spiced Apple Cider
1/2 cup of ice cubes
Method: Blend all & Serve.
1. Orange juice
2. Strawberry pulp (fresh strawberries and sugar)
5. Popsicle mold
Mix orange juice and sugar. Add the mixture in the mold. Now add strawberry pulp on top of the mold. Now keep the popsicle mold in the freezer. Chill it for hours until it has set completely. Remove the popsicles and sprinkle some salt before serving.