Easiest Dreamsicle Pops

Summer is only a few days away. This sunny season officially begins on June 21st so I thought it would be fun to share two dreamsicle recipes with you. They are so easy and healthy and have become two of my go-to’s for our 18-month-old when he is having a snack attack or when I need him to sit still for a few minutes. This is also an easy way to transition your small tots and big kids to healthier eating habits.

Living an on-the-go lifestyle sometimes causes our nutrition as parents to lack, as well as our children’s. So, I hope this quick little recipe will help you get back on track with health and nutrition in the summer months. Keep some on hand so that you rarely have to give in to other treats like ice cream, cake, cookies, etc. It may also be fun to have children who are old enough help you make the dreamsicle pops. However, this is a great treat for toddlers, children, and adults!

Cheers to living well.

Xx,

  • AMG

P.S. If you’re feeling brave, add some kale to either of these recipes for a more nutrient-dense treat 🙂

 

Orange Dreamsicle

You will need:

  • 1 ice cube tray

  • Popsicle sticks or long lollipop sticks

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or vanilla if you’re leery of plain Greek yo)

  • 2 cups 100% orange juice (no pulp)

  • Baking Spray

Method:

Pour juice and add Greek yogurt in blender of your choice (I have a Magic Bullet).

Blend until well combined.

Spray ice cube tray with baking spray for easy removal of frozen pops.

Pour mixture into tray and put in freezer until cubes begin to form (about 35 mins).

Add popsicle sticks and return to freezer until frozen.

Berry Banana Dreamsicle

You will need:

  • 1 ice cube tray

  • Popsicle sticks or long lollipop sticks

  • 1 cup apple juice (add more as you desire)

  • 1 cup black cherry Greek yogurt

  • 1 banana

  • 1/2 c. blackberries

  • Baking Spray

Method:

  • Add all ingredients into blender of choice (I use a Magic Bullet).

  • Blend until well combined.

  • Pour mixture into ice cube tray.

  • Freeze until cubes begin to form (about 35 mins).

  • Place popsicle sticks into cubes and return to freezer until frozen.

 

 

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An Apple a Day || Baked Apples

baked-apples

Hey, Jewels! I have been increasingly experimental with cooking food over the last year as I understand that healthy, reasonable food does not have to be boring. Devin (husband) and Ayden (13-month-old) have been on board thus far, so that’s a definite plus!

In an effort to help you on your journey to wellness or to just sweeten up your day, here is a recipe I absolutely love to make. These baked apples are so easy and are a guilt-free breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert! Feel free to put your own spin on the filling. Enjoy!

Cheers to Eating Well, Friends.

Xx,

– AMG

Ingredients

6 Honey Crisp Apples (or any other large apple–honey crisp are sometimes super expensive)

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

2 teaspoon Cinnamon (more if desired)

1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup Raisins (I also sprinkle in a few dried cranberries)

1/4 cup Chopped Pecans (optional)

3 tablespoon Butter

1 cup Boiling Water

Aluminum Foil

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Boil water.

Use an apple corer (I use a small spoon and paring knife) to take out core and seeds. Leave bottom 1/2 inch of apple in place.

Mix all ingredients together in small bowl EXCEPT water and butter.

Place apples in glass pan and fill with mixture.

Top each apple with a small slice of butter.

Pour boiling water into bottom of pan, cover loosely with foil, place on middle rack of oven.

Bake for 20 mins, remove foil and bake for 15-20 additional minutes.

Skin of apple should be wrinkled, but apple should NOT be MUSHY. Cook only until apple is soft enough to be punctured with a fork :).