A HEALTHY AFTERNOON SNACK/DESSERT

04/02/2018

BleubirdxSiggisQ1Hello there—long time no speak! I realize that I have not posted here in a few months, but know that the reason for that is there is a new and exciting project and site on the horizon that has been in the works for quite some time now. So, with that in mind, my team and I have whipped up some quick, easy, and delicious recipes in partnership with siggi’s for you (and the kids) that we just couldn’t wait to share!

I happen to know that I’m not the only one who finds it difficult to prepare quick and healthy snack options that my kids (both big and small) will enjoy—or that we as adults can enjoy, too! We have a family full of food allergies and picky eaters, so making anything new is always a tossup, and honestly we don’t sit for family meals as much as we used to due to the moans and groans about what’s being served up at mealtime. One thing that everyone can agree on is the love for a quick afternoon snack after returning home from school. As the weather warms up and the rain starts to clear here in Nashville (you’d think I was being poetic, but it’s actually been raining for a week straight), I can’t think of a better way to serve up a new and innovative treat that my kids will actually eat than with fun popsicles, perfect for the arrival of short-sleeves and spring weather.

BleubirdxSiggisQ1-5BleubirdxSiggisQ1-4BleubirdxSiggisQ1-12We were able to whip together these fun, robot-themed treats in less than 20 minutes (not including freeze time, of course), and my kids devoured them as soon as the backpacks hit the floor. Because we used siggi’s Whole-Milk Yogurt as a base, they’re packed with plenty of protein, so the kids have all the energy they need for those evenings when they want to spend a little extra time playing outside before sunset. Not to mention, siggi’s is all about simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar, so I feel extra confident when giving it to the kids. We added even more nutrients with fresh fruit, and sweetened them a bit with honey, so that Sailor and Birdie aren’t bouncing off the walls before their bath and bed time. Win-win! These treats are healthy and the kids are satisfied, thinking they just had a special treat. If you want to make them yourself, I’ve listed a rough outline of the recipe we came up with, below. We really eyeballed all of the measurements, but the best part about these nutritious little pops is that they’re extremely versatile. So, no matter what flavors or molds you choose—blueberry, pure vanilla, strawberry-lingonberry perhaps?—you can customize them to meet even the pickiest of eater’s desires. Bon appétit!

BleubirdxSiggisQ1-5BleubirdxSiggisQ1-7Banana, Cinnamon, and Peanut Butter Pops:
1 container siggi’s Banana and Cinnamon Whole-Milk No Added Sugar Yogurt
1/2 fresh banana, sliced
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Honey or agave, only if desired, to taste

In a bowl, mix together peanut butter, cinnamon, and honey, and put in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt. This will help make the peanut butter easier to pour. Next, drizzle the PB mixture into the sides of your popsicle molds. Then, fill them one-fourth of the way with siggi’s. Add a few banana coins, then drizzle more peanut butter mixture on top of the yogurt. Don’t completely blend the two together, as the swirling and layering will provide a beautiful effect once the popsicles are frozen! Replace the sticks in the mold, and put in the freezer for 4-6 hours. Serve and enjoy!BleubirdxSiggisQ1-10BleubirdxSiggisQ1-13BleubirdxSiggisQ1-16Mango and Peach Pops:
1 container siggi’s Mango and Peach Whole-Milk Yogurt
1 cup frozen mango
1/4 fresh peach, diced
Honey or agave, to taste
Water

In a blender or food processor, puree the frozen mango. Slowly add a small amount of water a little bit at a time until the puree has reached the desired consistency; we used 1/8 cup. Fill the robot molds with a spoonful of the mango puree. Add a few diced peaches. Top with a good portion of yogurt, then repeat until the mold is full. Replace sticks and put in the freezer for 4-6 hours.

If you try these popsicles out at home, I’d love to hear what you decide to put in yours! The options really are endless, and I have a feeling these will be a staple in my household all summer long. Of course, any popsicle mold will do, but we love these mini robots!

BleubirdxSiggisQ1-2BleubirdxSiggisQ1-3This post is in partnership with siggi’s.

4 comments

  • Rose D'Angelo Designs

    I miss your blog posts!!!!

  • Anna

    good

  • Amy

    I absolutely adore your blog posts! They’re so inspirational! I love what you do, and the things you post is exactly the kind of things I’m interested in.

  • Leo Sigh

    Those robot popsicle molds are adorable. And weirdly, I would never have thought to put fruit in a popsicle mold, but that makes perfect sense :)

    And lovely photos btw — and yes, wish you have time to post more often.

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