Summer Smoothie ‘Paletas’

I make smoothies on the regular, whether it be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There’s really nothing easier than tossing a few fruits and veggies into a blender and flipping the ‘on’ switch. However, with the hot summer months closing in, I thought about making a few smoothies and turning them into frozen treats to stave off the heat.

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All you’ll need is:

  • fruit (fresh and/or frozen)
  • veggies (fresh preferably)
  • water, fresh orange juice, and/or coconut water
  • Popsicle tray or plastic cups + popsicle sticks

The rest is up to your flavor preference and creativity! Try to use fruits/veggies of similar color to make each section of the popsicle stand out.

Once you’ve made your smoothie batches (I made three), pour in one color, then set in the freezer for about 1-2 hours. Continue to pour and set, remembering to add the popsicle stick about halfway into the process, then freeze for +5 hours.

IMG_4774.JPGHere’s how I made my smoothie sections:

Yellow: fresh pineapple chunks, a splash of orange juice, mango slices.

Pink: frozen strawberries, a banana, a splash of water, half a carrot, and a small piece of mango.

Green: 1 green apple, a large handful of baby spinach and kale, pineapple, and a few slices of mango.

I plan on making more of these but with more ‘exotic’ combinations to see what they’d taste like.  Here’s some more ideas in case you’d like to try them this summer:ds

  • coconut milk + ginger + agave
  • mango + lime
  • strawberries + blueberries + banana
  • papaya + mango +banana
  • kiwi + green apple
  • aloe vera juice with pulp
  • red apple + tomato + carrot
  • guava + strawberries
  • pineapple + coconut (frozen piña colada anyone?)

These are actually a cool idea for breakfast on the go with some granola or fresh fruit or just as a refreshing snack. (Who says dessert can’t be breakfast? 😉 )

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