Veggie Pops for Kids

Spinach Popsicles

We are big on green smoothies in our house. We usually make them once or twice a day at least and I load them full of healthy, leafy greens and veggies. So even if my kids don’t want to eat veggies with dinner I do not worry because they already have two to three servings in their bodies already thanks to green smoothies.

With summer around the corner it is even easier to accomplish this with delicious warm weather treats. Our green smoothies become green Popsicles in just a few hours! How many other parents would LOVE to get their kids to eat 3-4 servings of leafy greens a day?

The prinicple is the same, just mix leafy greens and veggies with fruit in a blender and pour the mixture into popsicle molds. For added sweetness you can use a bit of raw agave nectar but a ripe banana is usually sufficient. My kids love these so much they go through a dozen every two days so obviously they are pretty darn tasty. The fact that they are healthy too is a big bonus.

Because so many plastics have nasty ingredients that can leach, I also make sure to use BPA Free Popsicle molds. We like the stars and rockets Tovolo popsicle molds.

Here is an easy green Popsicle recipe that my kids love. I am sure yours will too.

Electric Green Popsicles

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

1 medium pineapple

2-3 cups spinach or other leafy green

Water

Blend until smooth and pour into molds.

Eating a Veggie Pop

16 Comment(s)

  1. DessertObsessed

    April 29, 2009

    ooh this sounds like a great way to get ME to eat more greens! so glad i stumbled across your blog!

  2. halfrawmommy

    May 1, 2009

    I’ve been trying to get the kids to try green smoothies lately, with little success. When they do try it they like them, becuase they are usually mostly sweet fruits, but the green color puts them off. I don’t know why making frozen pops didn’t occur to me before, but this is a great idea, thanks!! Love the stars, too. I will check out where you got them.

  3. eileen

    May 5, 2009

    Tiffany—just had to tell you that I made these for the kids. I threw in some strawberries as well. That may be why my electric green came out more like green mud but there were delicious. I fessed up to my 8 year old (when hers was almost completely gone) and told her where the green color came from.

    “Spinach? Seriously? I’ll eat spinach every day if you make it like this mommy.”

    Yay for VEGGIE POPS!!!

    Thanks for another great recipe!!

  4. Alison

    May 6, 2009

    Awesome!! We love green smoothies and in summer I freeze them in ice cube trays for a quick hit of greens.

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  5. These look GREAT. I am so going to try them!

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  6. So glad I learned about your twitter, because it led me here- both for my mom’s sake, who has recently gone raw, and for mine, because of this recipe! I don’t know WHY I haven’t thought of this myself- I plan to make it standard fare this summer! Great idea- thanks!
    Kit

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  7. yum!
    We do green smoothies most mornings and the leftovers (if there are any) wind up in popcicle molds. I was into juicing for awhile and made some carrot/apple juice and other juicy pops the kid loved. I’m going to have to experiment with some more combos this summer. So far coconut milk, pinapple, banana and spinach is my favorite. (I know the coconut milk isn’t raw, but it tastes like a pina colada. lol)

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  8. I just made these for me 15 month old, and they are a huge hit! I usually sneak veggies into his Popsicles, but I had never thought to do it with spinach. Carrot + Banana + Strawberry goes over well, too. However, Red Bell Pepper + Banana + Strawberry was a disaster.

    Thank you!

  9. Man, you all most be pooping up a storm!

  10. Found this through Stumbleupon. Love this idea! So glad I stopped by!

  11. I love tricky ways to get veggies in my boy. Thanks for the idea and the great visuals.

  12. how much water should be used?

  13. Jo-Anne

    May 31, 2011

    Where can you buy the popsicle molds?

  14. Can I use frozen spinach? If so how would I adjust the recipe? I just Stumbleuponed this and got my pop molds yesterday from Amazon :) does this recipe fill set? Im new to this,my 3 yr old won’t eat anything lately :(

    1. You sure can!

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