Karen and her fab family from Mini Travellers are big smoothie fans! When they saw Healthy Twists had been creating some summer smoothie fun by blending smoothies and turning them into smoothie ice-lollies Karen asked us to share a few flavour combinations that our children enjoy! So here are some of their favourites -they are full of fruit, some veg and no nasties, which means they can eat 3 a day, with out you worrying about added sugar or preservatives.
The Healthy Twists children are smoothie fiends so we don’t often struggle to get fruit & veg into them. Well most days we don’t – occasionally every child likes to throw a vegetable in the works whilst you are tearing your hair out saying “but you liked it yesterday???”
They don’t need to know that there’s no processed sugar or that their tongues & teeth won’t turn blue (No thank you bubble gum lollies!) and they love to experiment with different flavour combinations; you’ll be amazed at what they’ll eat without noticing. Spinach is great in green lollies, mix it with lime and mango and carrots are a delicious compliment to oranges.
Once you’ve got the hang of single coloured lollies why not try creating rainbow layers and different drizzles and healthy but tasty 100 & 1000 alternatives (nuts, berries or dried fruit).
We all have lots of fun creating new flavour combinations and eating the rainbow!
Banana Choc-dip Ice Lollies
Makes 3 x 85ml Lollies
2 bananas (they work best pre frozen, just peel, break into chunks and allow to freeze)
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup yogurt – natural full fat (For Dairy free use coconut yogurt)
1 tbsp of maple syrup
70 %+ Dark chocolate
handful of nuts – cashew, pistachio, almonds
- Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processer and blitz until smooth.
- Pour mix into moulds, insert sticks and put in freezer until frozen.
- About 20 minutes before you remove the lollies from the freezer, melt the chocolate & chop your choice of nuts.
- Once frozen remove from moulds (we find running mould under warm water helps to release lolly) –
- Roll out a piece of baking paper, place lollies flat on to the paper.
- Then using a fork drizzle melted chocolate over the lollies or alternatively dip them into the melted chocolate.
- Then scatter the melted chocolate with nuts.
- The chocolate will harden quickly because of the frozen lolly.
- Eat immediately or place loosely back into the moulds and return to the freezer
Orange & Mango Split
Makes 3 x 85ml Lollies
For the orange blend…
1 orange, peeled and seeds removed
1 small carrot
Juice of ½ lemon
¼ cup water
For Mango layer
1 cup frozen mango
- Tip the cup of frozen mango and a splash of water into the blender or food processer and blitz until smooth (-ish) we like a couple of fruity bits. Then spoon the puree into the tip of the mould, about 2.5cm.
- Then blend together the remaining ingredients until smooth and pour over the mango and into the mould.
- Insert sticks and place in the freezer.
Blueberry Push Up Ice Lolly
Makes 3 x 50ml Lollies
Makes 3 x 50ml lollies
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Cup of blueberries
½ cup of coconut water or water
Blitz for a solid blueberry lolly
Coconut water & whole frozen blueberries
No measures needed for this one simply fill the lolly mould with coconut water and poke in the blueberries.
Pop in freezer and leave overnight to freeze.
We like to make this one with mint leaves, strawberries & cucumber too!
So be ready for when the sun returns (we hope!) and enjoy a bit of messing about in the kitchen with the children creating super healthy treats!
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We look forward to seeing you there! Have a great summer everyone,
Claire & Sarah
We are 2, 40 +Mums (Claire & Sarah) between us there are 5 children, 2 husbands, 1 dog, 4 ducks & a rabbit. 2 years ago we set about resolving niggling weight gain, re balancing our health and wellbeing and then setting about making sure our realistic way of clean eating fitted with our busy family lives.
We met Karen through a very lovely mutual friend and Karen’s been fantastic support as we’ve transferred our foodie lifestyle on to web sites, blogs and delved into social media.
Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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