Sunday, July 11, 2010
Popsicle Ideas from Butterbeans Kitchen
I enlisted my favorite popsicle maker for a few ideas...
From Brooklyn with Love
My family lives in Brooklyn, but we make every excuse we can to soak up the cozy village feel that you all enjoy as a connected and active community in Sea Cliff. Luisa Guigliano is a very dear friend of mine and as such I have had a chance to hear about the work of the nutrition committee at Sea Cliff Elementary school. Your work inspires me!
As a Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor, and a Mother, school food is a topic near and dear to my heart. The need for good, real food in schools inspired me to co-found Butter Beans, Inc – a food service company that serves school lunch and snacks to schools in NYC. Learn more about the work we do at www.ButterBeansKitchen.com
Luisa asked me to share summer treat ideas with you, so today I’d like to share a couple of my favorite smoothie popsicle recipes. You’ll need a blender, and popsicle makers. Both recipes make approx. 10 pops each. If you have leftovers, add a couple of ice cubes and enjoy as a smoothie.
Banana and Avocado Date Cream
2 cups coconut milk (or your favorite cow’s milk, hemp, rice, almond, oat hazelnut milk, etc.)
1 date (or date roll)
Put the ingredients in a blender until smooth, and fill up your popsicle makers. This buttery and filling tropical delight will satisfy and nourish hungry, busy, playing little ones who do not want to waste a single instant of gorgeous Sea Cliff breeze.
Almond Strawberry Gogi Pops
2 cups almond milk
2 cup fresh strawberries (frozen also work well)
2 tablespoons (heaping is great) almond butter
1 handful of gogi berries (you can use cranberries or raisins or other berry if you don’t have gogi berries)
*Add a square or two of your favorite chocolate to this one for added richness.
Blend this one up as well until smooth.
It’s great to both satisfy your kids want of something cold and sweet and refreshing as well as your want to give them something nutritious.
If you are low on ingredients for smoothie pops- peel a banana, cut it in half, stick a fork in each half and freeze them. Frozen grapes, if you haven’t tried them, are most delightful.