HOMEMADE POPS!

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one of the things we try to do often, is involve the kids in the kitchen when we make food! i know i’ve talked about it before, but i think kids are so able and willing at a young age to help, and i want to help them feel comfortable in the kitchen, since it’s one of the things i’ve struggled with most over the years, to not be intimidated by cooking and meal prep.

since it’s warmer out now (FINALLY!), we’ve been making popsicles. i bought this mold last summer which was a life saver as conrad began teething, and we’ve been enjoying it now with the older kids, too. what i love about making our own pops, is that we know exactly what goes inside them, and can stuff them with some good stuff like vegetables!

ACAI POPS

4 packets of frozen acai (about 3.5 ounces per pack, 100 grams. we use sambazon brand, which is available at most grocery stores)
1 extra large kale leaf
1 banana
1 1/2 cups unsweetened original almond milk

freeze in a popsicle mold until hard. we like this mini pop mold the best.

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washing the kale!

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acai packets that second as bunny ears, naturally. ;)

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here’s a tip that took me a few months to figure out, but you can break the frozen acai packs into small pieces by bending the ends down, which makes it easier to get them out of the pouches and easier to mix into the smoothie!

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josh is so great at leading all things kitchen-wise in our home. thankful he enjoys it so much, since i’m not as great in there (although i’m getting so much better!)

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these guys have their recipes down so well for our morning smoothies and now for popsicles! they know all the steps and could probably do it without us, haha!

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can’t get over those tiny feet!

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conrad, so happy to be included!

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conrad’s job is to press the start button! and then he likes to hold onto the blender, which is also an important job. ;)

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and then, we always clap! because pushing the button and holding the blender are very tough jobs, and we are so proud of conrad!!! and he is proud of himself too!

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his latest trick is holding up his pointer finger and trying to say the word, “ONE!” whenever we say, “conrad, how old are you?!” it’s super sweet.

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our professional taste tester!

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spooning the pops into their molds!!!

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hope you enjoy!

ps – homemade sno cones we made last summer with some yummy (healthier) topping recipes!

  1. Mika

    Absolutely love this idea, If you don’t mind me asking what kind of blender do you use?

    • TAZA

      we have a vitamix and we love it!

  2. Verity

    I have those same molds – I love that they are so easy to pop out, most are too hard!

  3. Ashley

    Love it! I think I want to try those molds. We are in smoothie making heaven right now. What recipe is your favorite for the kids (specifically Conrad) in the morning? My 11 month old has had a ferocious appetite lately, so I want to try to get some more smoothies in him since I know they pack a bunch of healthy nutrients.

  4. vicky

    fun! I’ve been jonesing to buy ones from crate & barrel and make my own pops but I’m a bit like you – little intimidated in the kitchen. don’t know why because I love to cook.. and eat! ha!

    looks fun, I might get brave and try this, too :)

  5. grace

    fun trick i learned to prevent kale from going bad and for making easy smoothies:
    i blend a WHOLE BUNCH of kale with a little coconut water and lemon juice and then pour that into ice cube trays! makes little kale cubes to store in the freezer for later to pop into a smoothie :-)

    • TAZA

      thanks for this tip! we will for sure try it!!!

  6. I love this idea! I love that your kids are so into it, and they’re getting some veg in them too! I seriously can’t wait for it to be warmer – we just had snow today!
    xo April | April Everyday

  7. Curious

    Saw your photo with you and conrad in the May 2016 edition of “parents” magazine. Such a cute walker for conrad, please share where to buy it?

    • TAZA

      that little walker is from babies r us forever ago. i’m not sure of the name brand, i haven’t been able to find any name on the walker when asked in the past. all three of my kids have used it! it’s great.

  8. Angie

    I absolutely love your photos all over the fridge. Such an awesome way to display lot of photos. I’m going to copy that. Homemade Popsicles look delicious too. Love that they’re healthy.

  9. Tammy

    how fun! i love that they are such a big part of this. i remember how i always wanted to be involved in the kitchen when i was little

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  10. sara

    where are the adorable aprons from?!

  11. hanna

    Your family is too cute! –Hanna Lei

  12. Lena

    I love homemade Popsicles but adding 4 packs of acai plus banana is a ton of fruit sugars! It makes these really high glycemic, especially since you are not adding much fiber or protein from the other ingredients.

  13. VerbalGoldBlog

    Absolutely adorable! And that recipe looks so yummy I will for sure have to try it out