Do it Yourself Popsicles

Healthy- Homemade Popsicles 

The other night I wanted a healthy and natural alternative to your regular sugary popsicle. I got some small disposable plastic cups and popsicle sticks and threw together some popsicles with healthy ingredients I had in my kitchen. They turned out fantastic and were eaten up quickly during the hot summer days. These are just a few of the different variations I made, but the possibilities are endless.

 Fill each little plastic cup with the following , pictured above from left to right…

Strawberry kiwi lemonade :

Fresh lemonade

1/2 a kiwi sliced

3  sliced Strawberries

Guava blueberry popsicle :

100% pure Guava Puree

1/4 cup blueberries

Green tea cucumber popsicle:

Green tea ( I used Tazo green tea)

1/4 cup sliced fresh cucumber

Honey chia seed popsicle:

1/2 tablespoon of raw honey

1 Tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry moscato:

moscato wine

2 sliced strawberries

Tip: to make popsicle stick stand straight cut little pieces of paper and poke a hole in the middle with your popsicle stick place on top of cup to act as an anchor

 
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2 Ingredient Cocktail

Kiwi Cocktail

This cocktail is so tasty and only contains two ingredients: Kiwis, and vodka! The great thing about Kiwi is it is extremely good for you. One kiwi contains about as much potassium as a banana, more Vitamin C than an orange, and is very high in fiber. With these nutrients, you can drink your cocktail and feel good about it too.

Makes 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

2 Kiwis (skinned & pureed)

2 Oz of Vodka

Directions:

Puree Kiwi and vodka in a food processor or blender. If you’d like, leave one slice of kiwi for garnish. You can blend with Ice or add afterwards. Poor in Glass & Serve. Simple as that!


Chia Seed Pudding

Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding.

This pudding not only tastes great , but it is also extremely easy to make. Chia seeds are full of nutrients, and are considered a superfood. These tiny seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. When Chia seeds are put into liquid the small seeds expand and form a gel around them due to the soluble fiber that they contain. The gel texture adds a tapioca-like effect to the pudding. Chia seeds can be found at any local health food store. I have purchased them at both Trader Joes or Sprouts.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Coconut milk ( I use So Delicious sugar-free vanilla, but any flavor will work)

1/3 cup of Chia Seeds

2 Tablespoons of Agave Syrup

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

For toppings:

1/3 Cup Berries (Any type)

A handful of low-fat Granola ( I prefer Kind Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia & Quinoa)

Directions:

Mix coconut milk, agave and vanilla extract until smooth. Stir in Chia seeds , and continue stirring for a few minutes to be sure the seeds don’t clump together. Pour mixture into four glasses,and chill overnight, or for at least 4 hours. When finished chilling, top with Granola and berries.


Zucchini Chips

Oven baked zucchini chips.

Ingredients:
4 zucchinis
Salt & pepper
Garlic powder
Olive oil ( to grease pan)

Preheat the oven to 450. Cut zucchini into thin slices , about the thickness of a quarter. Season with garlic powder , salt, and pepper. Spread zucchini evenly on baking sheet and cook for about 40 mins, flipping the chips half way through.

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Carrot Fries

Carrot fries are a tasty  low carb option for those who love to snack! These have been a huge hit with friends & family since the first time I made them!

Baked Carrot Fries.

Ingredients:

8-10 Medium carrots (sliced)

Sea Salt (to taste)

Pepper ( to taste)

olive oil (to grease pan)

                                                                                                    Directions:

Preheat oven to 450. Grease baking pan lightly with olive oil. Cut the carrots into about a 1/2 thick and 4 inch long slices . Just a little larger than your average french fry, because they will shrink in the oven. Season with salt & pepper (or any seasonings you prefer). Place evenly on the pan so that all carrots lay flat. cook for about 40 mins, occasionally flipping the fries to evenly cook them.


Caprese Crazy

 A fun twist to the traditional Caprese Salad!

Caprese Grilled Cheese

What you will need:

  •  Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 12 Oz. Mozzarella (cut into thick slices)
  • 3 Ripe Tomatoes ( cut into thick slices)
  • 8 Slices of Whole Wheat Bread
  • A little Butter ( for outside of bread) I use “I cant believe its not butter” spray
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Directions:

Lightly Butter one side of your two pieces of bread for each sandwich. Place a about 3 slices of Mozzarella and tomato inside your  bread then top with a few fresh basil leaves and salt and pepper. Place sandwich in a pan on your stovetop, grill on medium heat each side until golden brown.

Time: about 15 mins.  Servings: 4


Baked Sweet Potato Fries

4 Large sweet potatoes

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1/2 Teaspoon pepper

1 Tablespoon paprika

1 Tablespoon curry powder

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 450.

Peel and cut sweet potato into 1/4-inch long slices, then 1/4-wide inch strips.

In a large bowl toss the potato strips with seasoning and oil, until strips are completely covered.

Spray the baking sheet with cooking spray.

Place sweet potatoes on sheet in one flat layer.

Cook for about 30 minutes, turning the fries occasionally. (until tender and golden brown)