Rainbow Popsicles

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Summertime produces a bounty of fruit, so it makes sense to blend them up for a sweet popsicle recipe to cool you down in heated weather. This rainbow popsicles recipe comprises of pureed fruit layered in popsicle molds for a multi-colored popsicle. Essentially, you are required to blend seven smoothies separately and then layer them into your popsicle molds. This popsicle recipe makes a lot of smoothies, though, so if you only have a mold to hold six popsicles, you and your family can enjoy smoothies in addition to the frozen version. Alternatively, you could freeze the popsicles in batches; simply remove the first batch from the mold and wrap them in plastic wrap for the freezer before making another batch.

This easy popsicle recipe produces nutritious snacks for kids due to a significant amount of fruit and yogurt in them. The most prominent fruit in the entire fruit popsicle recipe is bananas because there is at least one in every smoothie. The reason for this is that bananas blend into a creamier texture than other fruits, and add a tremendous amount of sweetness without you having to resort to refined sugar. While bananas are very high in sugar, they shouldn’t scare you away from making them a healthy part of your family’s diet, because the nutritional value of banana makes them worth eating. Bananas include high amounts of vitamin C, potassium, manganese and dietary fiber. By eating just one banana, you can get over three grams of your daily-recommended intake of fiber. Bananas also contain prebiotics, which is a food source for the healthy bacteria, known as probiotics, within the gut. Prebiotics allow the good bacteria to multiply which helps maintain a healthy digestive system.

Nutrition Facts for: Rainbow Popsicles from Rainbow Popsicles

Ingredients: Bananas, yogurt, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, orange, mango, pineapple, spinach, beets.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 30 servings.

* Per Serving:Calories 76, Calories from Fat 5, Total Fat 0.6g 1%, Saturated Fat 0.3g 1%, Cholesterol 2mg 1%, Sodium 24mg 1%, Potassium 273mg 8%, Carbohydrates 16.2g 5%, Dietary Fiber 2.0g 8%, Sugars 10.6g, Protein 2.4g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 32%, Calcium 6%, Iron 2%

This popsicle recipe uses frozen fruit, which makes this an easy dessert recipe to prepare all year round. If you have plenty of fresh fruit lying around, you could always freeze some yourself. The frozen texture won’t be one hundred percent necessary here since you will be freezing the smoothies, but if you want to drink the fruit puree remnants as a smoothie, the frozen texture will be a pleasant component. The red smoothie layer consists of berries that are in season together, like raspberries and strawberries, so you could pick some at your local farmer’s market, place them in freezer bags and pop them in the freezer. The ruby red berries will be an excellent addition to all your future desserts or smoothie recipes, because of their sweet taste and wealth of nutrition. The nutritional value of strawberries consists of very high levels of manganese, dietary fiber, and vitamin C. You can get far above your daily recommended vitamin C intake from one cup of strawberries. This colorful popsicle recipe uses approximately one and a half cups of frozen strawberries divided between many popsicles, but with all the other fruit components, you can guarantee you will be getting a significant amount of your vitamin C intake from just one popsicle. Thank you to Beth, the author of ‘The First Year’ recipe blog, for sharing her rainbow popsicles recipe with us.

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