Can you beat a homemade, easy treat?

Sometimes when I make things, they are spot on. Other times, what I've made is not edible, and needs to be trashed. (No matter what my husband says as he chokes it down. To this I refer to the Lemon Meringue Pie I made that had WAY too much lemon, and barely any sugar. Yikes.)


I love eating popsicles, as do my babes. So I thought, to avoid buying them at the store, to avoid all the added ingredients, to avoid the plastic and garbage waste that comes with them, that I would make some!


I've found that the less water in them, the better. I don't want to make ice cubes in the shape of popsicles. I want popsicles.


So. This seems to have worked out splendidly! The recipes could use a tweek here and there, but so far, so good. I can live with these and really enjoy them. They work great not just when its super hot out and the family needs some time to cool off, but also anytime as snacks! The ingredients are healthy, and adding chia packs a punch in the healthy department:


Chia Seeds:

-Fiber

-Antioxidants

-Protein

-Omega 3 Fatty Acids

(And the list goes on and on.)


Please note that none of my recipes have any actual measurements. I'm the worst at doing that, and just eyeball everything. This sometimes comes back to bite me in the butt. But...oh well.


I hope you enjoy these! And if you experiment and use non dairy substitutes let me know (or even different fruits)! I'd love to try them as well. :D



Strawberry, Yogurt and Chia Seed Popsicles:

Strawberry, Yogurt and Chia Seed Popsicles!

- A bunch of strawberries.

- A few scoops of full fat greek yogurt

- Maybe two spoons of chia seeds


1. Rinse and cut the strawberries into small pieces. Let them simmer in a saucepan on medium to medium-low until they get really soft.

2. After they boil down, add the chia seeds, and let simmer for just a bit longer. Then take off the heat and let cool down a bit.

3. Stir in the yogurt and add the mixture to your popsicle molds and put in the freezer.

4. Enjoy after they've frozen!


Voila, all done!






Orange Juice, Banana,Yogurt and Chia seed Popsicles:


- Splash of OJ.

- One or two bananas.

- A few scoops of full fat greek yogurt

- Maybe two spoons of chia seeds.


1. Start by adding in the peeled bananas, then the scoops of yogurt to your blender. Add the OJ until you think there is enough fluid to get the mixture right.

2. Add the chia seeds either right away, OR, have them soak in a cup of water so that they puff up. Then add to the blender.

3. Blend until everything is incorporated nicely, and smooth.

4. Add to the popsicle molds and put in the freezer.

5. Enjoy after they've frozen!


My mom would make us this smoothie when I was growing up, and we all absolutely loved it. Its a super common breakfast for my family, and one day I thought, "Hm. What if this was a popsicle that the kids could eat at snack time?" Thus, my Breakfast/Snack Popsicle was born. Also, feeding them popsicles for breakfast is a sneaky way to get them to actually eat breakfast.


Thank you, mom. [:

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