Red Light Green Light Cars 3 Popsicles

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we are very excited that Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 is coming to theaters this June!!! with a house of three boys, we have been watching the Cars movies since the beginning. and to celebrate, we created some yummy Cars 3 inspired Red Light Green Light Cars 3 Popsicles, made with fresh DOLE® Fruits and Vegetables. they are layered red, yellow and green just like a traffic signal! and guess what? they are very easy to make and have no added sugar!

Did you hear? the Walt Disney Company and Dole® have partnered for a multi-year healthy living initiative aimed at helping parents encourage their families to make healthier eating choices. Thursday, May 25th is National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day, a holiday created to remind Americans about the health, taste and convenience benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, and to encourage a healthier diet. what better way to celebrate National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day AND Cars 3, than with these Cars 3 inspired fresh fruit and vegetable popsicles.

Red Light Green Light Popsicles are triple layered in the colors of a traffic signal – fresh strawberry, pineapple-orange, and avocado banana. i know what you’re thinking….avocado banana?!!!!! trust me…it’s really yummy. and all three of these combinations together make a really fun and fruity popsicle. you could also make them with just one of these flavors if you’d like. PLUS, did i mention there’s spinach inside of these popsicles. what better way to get some veggies into the kiddies tummies than in a popsicle! they won’t even know it’s in there.

Red Light Green Light Cars 3 Popsicles

to make Red Light Green Light Cars 3 Popsicles, you will need the following ingredients:`

3 cups Dole® Fresh Pineapple, cut into chunks
2-1/2 cups Dole® Strawberries, sliced
1 Dole® Avocados
2 Dole® Bananas
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
3/4 cups Greek yogurt
1 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons honey

Directions
• Freeze pineapple chunks and strawberries. you want the fruit to be slushy consistency after you blend them so that you can layer them in the popsicle molds.

Red layer:
In a food processor combine 2-1/2 cups Dole® strawberries, 1/4 cup Dole® pineapple, 1-1/2 cups spinach, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, and honey. mix until well blended.

Yellow layer:
In a food processor combine 2-1/2 cups Dole® pineapple chunks and orange juice. mix until well blended.

Green layer:
In a food processor combine 1 Dole® avocado, 2 Dole® bananas, 1 teaspoon honey and ½ cup Greek yogurt. mix until well blended.

• Layer the mixtures into popsicle molds of your choice. Red, yellow then Green, like a traffic signal.

• Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing them from the mold.

• Makes about 12 popsicles

in the meantime, while your popsicles are freezing, you are going to want head over to the “Fuel Up with Dole” microsite to enter the  “Fuel Up with Dole Sweepstakes”, where starting May 25th, you can enter to win a family-fun summer road trip. PLUS, you can check out when the Road to the Races Tour will be we’re rolling through your city and explore delicious recipes that will keep you revved up all the way through your last lap.

Check out these other great Cars 3 inspired recipes
“Lightning Berry Smoothie” (inspired by Lightening McQueen) 


“Crunchy Banana Roll” (inspired by Jackson Storm)


“Buffalo Bites with Pineapple and Chicken” (inspired by Smokey)

{ Disclosure: I am an official ambassador for Dole Fresh Fruit and Fresh Vegetables. Dole provided me with compensation for my time. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are mine.}

Fruit Salad Popsicles with Simply Orange

Orange Juice Popsicle Recipeas you may recall, earlier this year i shared with you, that last year i began to have a lot of stomach issues. i had to start being very careful with what i eat…which means only eating foods that are easy to digest and low acid. i decided to go vegetarian because meat was hurting my stomach. this also meant i couldn’t drink a lot of juice….especially orange juice. anything with acid upsets my stomach. it’s been tough, as i miss a lot of foods that i used to eat. being pregnant has made my stomach even more sensitive. but, i am feeling lucky because i just partnered with Simply Orange to share about their new low acid orange juice called Simply Orange Low Acid which just launched this year.Simply Orange Low Acid OJSimply Orange Low Acid is 100% pure squeezed orange juice with calcium and is just as yummy as the other Simply Orange varieties. but Simply Orange Low Acid has reduced acid for a smooth, mild taste – a great choice for anyone who loves the delicious taste of orange juice, but may be sensitive to acid. it is never sweetened, concentrated or frozen, and has no preservatives, colors or artificial flavors. it’s the next best thing to freshly squeezed.

Simply Orange Low Acid Orange Juicei have really been enjoying Simply Orange Low Acid…i have missed drinking orange juice. and because it is summer, the boys and i thought it would be fun to make some Fruit Salad popsicles. all you need to make them is your favorite fruit, orange juice and popsicle molds. we made them with the Simply Orange Low Acid, so that i could enjoy eating them too. wow…they are good, especially on hot summer days.

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to make the Fruit Salad Popsicles

you will need your favorite fruit, Simply Orange Low Acid, and popsicle molds. first, chop up your fruit into bite sized pieces. next, place the fruit inside the popsicle molds (you can also use small paper cups)

How to Make Orange Juice Popsicles

next, pour the Simply Orange Low Acid into the popsicle molds till it fills to the top of the molds. freeze overnight or until completely frozen. use warm water to loosen them from the molds. enjoy.

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i hope you love these popsicles as much as we do. and don’t forget to try Simply Orange Low Acid. it’s great to drink anytime of the day and very refreshing!

Easy Homemade Popsiclesyou can learn more and get additional Simply Orange inspirations and recipes by liking the Simply Facebook page  or visiting the official website

{ This post is sponsored by Simply Orange, but all opinions expressed are my own and are unbiased and based on my personal views.}

Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicle Recipe

This week I made my Sweet’N Low Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicles as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicle recipe

it’s that time of year when pumpkin everything pops-up all over the place. pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin desserts, and pumpkin drinks. once the pumpkin starts to appear, you know that Fall is in the air. however, here in Southern California, it’s hot….really HOT. today it was 95º where i live. you aren’t going to see me walking around with a hot pumpkin drink. i prefer cold treats right now…of course popsicles are always my fave. these Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicles are just something i whipped up to satisfy my pumpkin craving. i am pretty happy with how they turned out. they were also super easy to make since i had all the ingredients already.

to make Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicles, all you need is pumpkin, milk, cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, Sweet’N Low and some popsicle molds.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicle recipeusing the Sweet ‘N Low cuts down on the extra calories of added sugar….plus, i can’t tell the difference. you can add more or less according to your taste. once the popsicles are frozen, the sweetness becomes less intense. so i tend to make the mixtures on the sweeter side.

you will make one mixture of pumpkin flavor, and the other mixture cream cheese flavor. in between the layers, you will put a thin layer of graham cracker crumbs. they are what makes these popsicles extra flavorful and yummy. once you have made your two mixtures, layer them along with the graham cracker crumbs in your popsicle molds or dixie cups. then, stick them in the freezer until frozen.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicle recipewhat you end up getting, is a low calorie, pumpkin treat on a stick that is nice and refreshing. they really taste like pumpkin cheesecake.

these popsicles are on the icey side, which i like. i have been enjoying them every afternoon this week! they are slow melt and take a long time to eat, so its the perfect snack to curb your hunger till dinnertime…or they make a nice late night snack. if you prefer a more creamy treat, use vanilla pudding or whipped cream instead of the milk. and if you are in a hurry, forget about layering the cream cheese and pumpkin, just whip them both together and layer with the graham crackers. i am sure they will taste just as good. now go make some!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicle recipe

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ingredients
3 cups whole milk
1-1/2 pumpkin pureé
1 cup cream cheese
1 cup crushed graham crackers
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 packets Sweet N’ Low

popsicle molds or dixie cups ( 3oz size) & popsicle sticks

directions
cream cheese layer: in a bowl, mix 1 cup milk, 1 cup cream cheese and 1 packet Sweet N’ Low with a mixer until foamy.

pumpkin layer: in another bowl, mix pumpkin, 2 cups milk, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and 3 packets Sweet N’ Low until fully combined.

in a popsicle mold or dixie cup, layer, first pumpkin mixture, then graham crackers, then cream cheese mixture, graham crackers again, and finally pumpkin again. insert popsicle stick, cover and freeze. once frozen, enjoy!

makes 6-8 popsicles

tip: you may need to freeze the first layer of pumpkin with the popsicle stick before adding the additional layers and freezing. if using dixie cups, a piece of tin foil laid across the top before inserting the popsicle stick will help the stick to stay upright.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicle recipeto find more yummy Sweet’N Low drink recipes, visit the Sweet’N Low Beverage Page or Facebook page.

{ disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am an Ambassador for Sweet’N Low. All thoughts and opinions are my own. }

 

Easy Chocolate Covered Bananas

summertime means frozen treats, and these Chocolate Covered Bananas are a favorite of my kids and husband. we whipped up a batch this weekend and had a blast making them.

Easy Chocolate Covered Bananas

making Chocolate Covered Bananas is really easy. first you will need bananas and popsicle sticks (i used lollipop sticks). then i peeled nd cut all the bananas in half. (which is plenty enough for my kiddies and myself) of course, you can use full bananas, but i find them a little hard to dip. place a stick into each banana half and then place them into the freezer for at least 30 minutes to get hard.

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while you are waiting for your bananas to soft freeze, set up you toppings and get your chocolate ready.

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you can use almost anything you think is yummy for toppings. we used Heath Bar crumbles, Nilla Wafers, M & M’s, potato chips (yes, they are good!) and sprinkles.

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for the chocolate, we use chocolate chips. be careful when you melt them in the microwave, you can scorch them by heating to much, then they won’t melt smooth. i recommend heating for 1 minute, then stirring and reheating in 15 sec intervals until smooth. i always add a dash of olive oil to thin out the chocolate and make it a bit more smooth/runny. you want to add enough olive oil to make the chocolate  thin enough to easily coat and the excess chocolate to shake off of the banana.

then you are ready to dip your bananas. take the bananas out of the freezer and then dip them one at a time into the chocolate and then into your toppings. you don’t even need toppings if you’d rather have a plain chocolate covered banana.

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after you have coated your chocolate covered banana in toppings, lay it on a plate or cookie sheet to dry while you finish the rest of your bananas. once you are done, place all your bananas in the freezer. it is best to freeze them for at least an hour before eating. any that you don’t eat can be put into a ziploc bag in the freezer until someone wants one.

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get ready for lots of smiles. my kids loved making these.

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plus, they were really yummy to eat!

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Pistachio Taffy Crunch Popsicles Recipe

Pistachio Taffy Crunch Popsicles

It’s finally beginning to feel like summer here in SoCal, so I felt that I needed to create another popsicle recipe for the blog. Originally, I was hoping to get this recipe post up for St. Patrick’s Day, thus the green popsicles. Pistachio Taffy Crunch Popsicles may be green and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, but they are actually great all year long…especially during summertime.

These popsicles are super simple to make because you used pistachio pudding mix. If you have read this blog for a while, then you know that I love making pudding popsicles. Some of my favorite recipes I have shared are –  these very popular rainbow pudding popsicles, or these red velvet popsicles that I made a few years ago.

To make these pistachio taffy crunch popsicles you need the following ingredients:

Ingredients
• Mother’s Taffy Cookies (any shortbread cookie will do)
• 1 box of Pistachio Instant Pudding Mix
• 2 cups of milk
• 1/4 cup Pistachios (unsalted if you can find them)
• Dixie Cups (i prefer 3 oz size)
• popsicle sticks

Directions:
• mix pudding and milk together and place in refrigerator.
• with a rolling pin, crush 5 cookies and pistachios
• layer, pudding first, then a sprinkle of pistachios and cookies. repeat until cup is filled to the top.
• push popsicle stick into the pudding
• place finished popsicles into the freezer for a few hours or until firm.
• enjoy!

I really love pistachios, so these popsicles are perfect for me. i especially love the flavor and texture the layer of cookies and pistachios brings. it’s dessert on a stick.

And if you use salted pistachios, you get that sweet and salty combo which is great too. Even my kids love these Pistachio Taffy Crunch Popsicles, and I hope you will too.

Enjoy!