Aren’t they a pretty green? I think so.
Sophie, as many toddlers (and adults) do, has some texture issues when it comes to vegetables. She also LOVES smoothies and popsicles. We have Smoothie Sundays at our house each week, and no matter what we put in them, she’ll drink them or eat them with a spoon. I freeze any leftover smoothie in popsicle molds, and I’ve found this is a perfect opportunity to help introduce her to new flavors and add in an extra dose or two of fruits & veggies into her day.
These have a delicious pineapple-coconut flavor. Michael and Sophie both tasted (and LOVED) them, so it’s not just me. You really can’t taste the spinach. We froze this in popsicle molds, but it’s just as delicious as a smoothie. I pull these out of the freezer for a great, healthy snack or a guilt-free dessert. I love that Sophie feels like she’s getting a treat, and I know that she’s getting some good, healthy calories and vitamins.
One tip: I don’t have a Vitamix, so to get my smoothies super-smooth, I blend the spinach alone with the liquid for a while until it’s really smooth. Then, I add the other fruits and any remaining liquid needed, and I find that it’s just perfect.Print
Feel free to use all coconut milk if you like. I just like the citrus-y undertone the orange juice provides. This also makes great smoothies. Just skip the popsicle mold step and drink it plain!
- 1 1/2c frozen pineapple
- 1 1/2c frozen mango
- 1c spinach leaves
- 1/2c unsweetened coconut milk* (plus more, if needed)
- 1/2c orange juice (plus more, if needed)
- Place the spinach leaves and coconut milk in the blender. Blend, scraping down the sides as necessary, until no large pieces remain. Add pineapple and mango. Add orange juice and blend until very smooth, adding more coconut milk or orange juice as needed.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze 2-3 hours or until firm.
*I use coconut milk in a carton (Silk PureCoconut Unsweetened). If you prefer, you can use canned coconut milk, which will be thicker. You are NOT looking for sweetened cream of coconut (i.e. Coco Lopez).