Turn strawberries and beets into a healthy summer treat with these Strawberry Beet Smoothie Pops.
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I was late to the smoothie bandwagon, but after getting my Vitamix, I embraced it whole-heartedly. We love smoothies so much, we save them for a dessert. I’ve had an occasional one for lunch or dinner if I had to hurry to a photoshoot and I didn’t want anything heavy, but mainly it’s dessert. The only problem is that after eating dinner, I don’t feel like chopping and blending up dessert. We’ve solved the problem with frozen made ahead smoothie packs, which is nice, but it’s still blending after dinner. Well, I’ve found my summer answer. Smoothie pops! They are perfect. I blend them up ahead of time, freeze them up, and dessert involves nothing more than getting them out of the freezer. These Strawberry Beet Smoothie Pops are my first, but they won’t be my last.
You already know from my Monday – Welcome to Cookout Week post and my Grilled Kale and Strawberry Salad that it’s Cookout Week. Well, it’s also Popsicle Week! You can see all the popsicle goodness at Wit and Vinegar Popsicle Week! The thing about these pops? They would be perfect for a cookout. Fill a cooler with ice and tuck these in. They are so bright and colorful and good for you!
Here’s how I do pops. I use pop molds similar to these. I fill them up about a half inch from the top. Instead of putting the plastic stick in them, I set them in the freezer for about 40 minutes to an hour and then insert a wooden stick. There’s just something about eating pops off a wooden stick, I have to have it! After they’ve frozen solid, I unmold them one at a time, by lowering them into a glass of water. It usually only takes about 20 seconds. Then I wrap them in wax paper and place them all in a ziploc bag back in the freezer. Easy peasy.
I found the recipe for these in Donna Hay’s Fresh & Light Magazine, a subscription you can get on your iPad! She called for raspberries, which I didn’t have, but I did have some juicy ripe strawberries. These are so good. A little creamy from the cashews with a sweet tart flavor from the strawberries and beets!
Strawberry Beet Smoothie Pops
Turn your smoothies into healthy frozen treats with these Beet Strawberry Smoothie Pops.
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice
- 2 teaspoons orange rind finely zested
- 1 cup beets peeled and roughly chopped
- 3/4 cup strawberries quartered
Place the cashews in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let set aside for 10 minutes to soften. Drain and add to blender along with 1/2 cup of orange juice. Blend until smooth.
Add the remaining orange juice, the orange rind, the beets and the strawberries to the blender. Blend until smooth.
Divide between 8 pop molds. If your molds come with sticks and handles, insert them now. Otherwise, freeze for about 40 minutes and insert wooden sticks.
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