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Rainbow smoothie pops for healthy on-the-go snacking

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

Eat a rainbow of fresh fruit

Heal your body and soothe your creative soul with these deliciously colorful smoothie pops.

Made with a rainbow of fresh fruits and blended with just a bit of yogurt and almond milk, they're a terrific, healthy addition to any party menu where color is key.

 Rainbow smoothie pops

Use a rainbow assortment of five different fruits. I prefer frozen chunks of fruit because it makes the mixtures thicker.

 Rainbow smoothie pops

I found these freezer ice-pop bags at Zipzicles.com. They worked perfectly.

 Rainbow smoothie pops

It's as easy as blending up a smoothie, but the end result is way more fun!

 Rainbow smoothie pops

Who said pastry bags were just for frosting? These make it super easy to fill up the ice-pop bags without all the mess.

 Rainbow smoothie pops

 Rainbow smoothie pops

Start with the blueberries...

 Rainbow smoothie pops

and work your way up the rainbow until you get to strawberry.

 Rainbow smoothie pops

Keep them in your freezer for a rainbow-inspired snack whenever the craving hits.

 Rainbow smoothie pops

Rainbow smoothie pops recipe

Yields 20

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups frozen mango
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups frozen kiwi
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 5 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 3-4 cups almond milk
  • Zipzicle bags
  • Pastry bags
  • Rubber bands
  • Blender

Directions:

  1. In a blender, mix each frozen fruit with 1 cup vanilla yogurt and 1/2 cup almond milk. Add more almond milk if needed to blend, but the smoothies should be fairly thick.
  2. Pour each blended fruit smoothie into a sealed pastry bag and close the tops with rubber bands. You want your smoothies to be fairly thick so that they don't mix together when you squeeze them into the ice-pop bags. If needed, put them in the freezer for about an hour to help stiffen the mixtures.
  3. Place the bags upside down in cups, and cut the tips of the pastry bags off.
  4. Squeeze a small amount (about 1 tablespoon/1 inch) of the blueberry smoothie into the bottoms of the Zipzicle bags. As you fill the bags, you can place them upright inside cups to keep the mixtures from sliding. Next, squeeze the kiwi smoothie on top of the blueberry in all of the bags. Continue this process with the pineapple, mango and strawberry smoothies until all of the bags are full.
  5. Seal the bags closed and freeze for at least 4 hours.

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