Green Smoothie Parfait Popsicles
Green Smoothie Parfait Popsicles are a quick and healthy way to get your morning started this Summer! They’re the perfect start to a hot day or a healthy snack to keep you on track in the afternoon.
I am happy to be a partner with ADA Mideast and bring you this dairy-filled recipe that my family loves.
I’ve tried for so long to be a GSD (Green Smoothie Drinker). As much as I love a healthy breakfast I just can’t give up my frothy warm morning cup of coffee for a cold bitter green smoothie. Believe me I’ve tried! Here’e the thing though- I have kids that I’m supposed to be all responsible for. That includes setting a good example even when it comes to healthy eating.
So in my quest to become a GSD I have made many, many green smoothies. Sometimes they turn brown from all the berries I like to put in there. Sometimes at the last minute I forego the “green” all together and just enjoy a cheery pink strawberry banana smoothie. But a few months ago I found my green smoothie nirvana and we’ve been enjoying it every week. Since my kids like frozen treats in the hot summer months I knew this naturally sweet green smoothie parfait would make the perfect popsicles!
One of my sons struggles to reach his daily protein requirement so I’m always looking for creative ways to incorporate some of his favorite sources of protein. Six ounces of Greek yogurt typically contains 14-17 grams of protein which will leave you fuller longer! It’s creamy, healthy, and delicious too. I don’t add any additional sugar to these Green Smoothie Parfait Popsicles because I like the sweet taste of mango and pineapple, but you may like to add up to 1 tablespoon honey, agave, or sugar.
Green Smoothie Parfait Popsicles
1 C spinach
1/4 C milk
1/4 C apple juice
1/2 C pineapple chunks
1/2 C mango chunks
1 C Greek yogurt
1/2 C milk
Sliced fresh fruit (kiwi, strawberries, blueberries)
- In a high powered blender mix the spinach, milk, juice, pineapple, mango, and banana until smooth.
- Divide and pour into 8 popsicle molds with sliced fruit (kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries or whatever you have on hand).
- Stir together the Greek yogurt and milk. Top the green layer with the white yogurt layer. Sprinkle with granola if using.
- Freeze 8 hours until solid.
- Popsicle molds come in all shapes and sizes so please note that you may end up with less or more servings from this recipe.
- No popsicle mold? No problem! Pour the mixture into small wax-lined paper cups (such as Dixie cups). When you're ready to enjoy simply peel the paper cup away.
- Feel free to change up the sliced fresh fruit to your liking (we use blueberries, kiwi, and strawberries), but you should really try to stick to using a combination of pineapple and mango for the green layer otherwise your green smoothie may look more brown (if you swapped for strawberries and blueberries for example).
Original recipe and images © In Katrina's Kitchen
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