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.}

Starburst® Sorbet Bars are Mommy’s New Favorite Treat

starburst-popsiclesi often get reader emails asking me how to make, buy or what my favorite popsicles or frozen treats are. it’s really hard to choose because i love all frozen treats; including ice cream, popsicles and bars. i stock my freezer full and the kids and i enjoy them all summer long.

recently, i just discovered these STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars and YUM…they are good! if you like STARBURTS® then you will like these.starburst-candy-popsicles-sorbet-ice-cream

STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars have the taste of a STARBURST™ strawberry fruit chew in a cold and refreshing sorbet bar. and even better, is that they are only 70 delicious calories each. its a great treat for me to curb my sweet tooth and enjoy a frozen treat on a hot summer days…or any day for that matter. they are especially perfect for us adults who are looking for just the perfect size frozen treat to indulge in.

starburst-popsicle-sorbet-ice-cream-adult-treat STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars are available in 4-Packs for $3.99 (although i got mine for only $2.79 at Walmart) and singles for only $1.49 each. the multi-packs of the  are available in the refrigerated ice cream case at Wal-Mart and select grocery stores nationwide, and singles can be found in many convenience stores nationwide. these STARBURST Sorbet Bars round out Mars’ popular ice cream portfolio, which also includes DOVEBAR®, TWIX® and SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars. now you can have all your favorite candy treats as frozen treats!

when my boys saw me enjoying the new Starburst® Sorbet Bars, they talked me into sharing. they love Starburst…so when they saw giant frozen Starburst® on a stick, they couldn’t resist trying them.starburst-popsicle-sorbet-ice-creamand of course they liked them!  probably even loved them.

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10 Great Ice Pop Molds to Make Homemade Popsicles

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{ image via Zoku }

summer is just about here, and it’s time to stock up the freezer with popsicles. i love all kinds of popsicles, whether it be store bought or homemade. and when it comes to homemade, finding a fun popsicle mold is half of the fun. i own so many different kinds. every time i see a new one that i don’t have, i buy it….because you can never have enough popsicles. i also like to use dixie cups, which make great popsicle molds that you can peel off. you can also use ice cube trays or small cups. but what ever you use, your still going to end up with the same thing in the end…a yummy frozen treat full of summer fun.

below i am sharing some of my favorite popsicle molds. i own just about all of them. and my kids love creating their own popsicle flavors and choosing which ice pop mold to use. it’s exciting to see the finished result…there is a lot of anticipation of waiting for them to fully freeze. i watch the kids run to the freezer to check on them all day long. making popsicles is just too much fun.

10 Great Ice Pop Molds for Making Homemade Popsicles

1. Zoku Quick Pop Maker make popsicles in just minutes. the deep freeze base stays in the freezer until you are ready to make your pops, then pour in your favorite liquid and wait about 5-7 minutes and your popsicles are ready.  you can use the base up to three times in a row before it needs to be frozen again. it’s amazing and one of our favorite popsicle molds.
2. Sipper Ice Pop Maker remember these from your childhood. you get to sip the juice from your melting popsicle.
3. Zoo Pops by Hog Wild Kitchen Ideas, is a popsicle mold that makes zoo animals. perfect for your animal loving kids.
4. Zoku Slow Pops: Mini Pop Molds make mini pops with this silicone popsicle base. perfect sized for little hands.
5. Ice Sabers perfect for you Star Wars lover. we have these and my boys flipped when i showed them. they also come with a great cookbook with lots a Star Wars recipes. it’s really awesome.
6. Rocket Pop Molds summer isn’t summer without a rocket pop! these molds can make those layered rocket pops you remember from your childhood.
7. Fox Run Frozen Ice Pop Maker this is the most traditional shaped popsicle mold. you can make 10 popsicles or paletas as they are called, all at once.
8. MSC Joie Monster Push Pops fun monster ice pop holders that allow you to push the popsicle up as you eat it.
9. Silicone Ice Pop Maker Molds make your own tube popsicles with the BPA free silicone popsicle tubes.
10. Tovolo Bug Pop Molds how adorable is the bug pop mold! popsicles come out looking like bugs with leaf drip guards and 3 different buggys to choose from.

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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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Rainbow fun: Rainbow Pudding Pops Recipe

we love popsicles around here, especially pudding pops! so we made some delicious rainbow banana pudding pops yesterday which are super simple to make….and they come out so pretty you just have to smile! the best thing about using pudding for the rainbow is that you don’t have to wait for each colored layer to set before adding the next color. since the pudding is thick, you can just layer them all at once. these are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day for that matter.

how to make pudding pops

ingredients
2 – large boxes (5.1 oz) instant pudding mix (light colored)
milk
food coloring
Dixie Cups (5 oz.)
popsicle sticks

directions
• prepare pudding according to the directions. (you may need to add a little more milk to make the pudding pourable.)
• let pudding stand until it has thickened a bit.
• divide into 5 parts and color each part with food coloring.
• layer each color of pudding into small dixie cups.
• cover with tin foil. insert popsicle sticks.
• chill in refrigerator 2 hours, then place in freezer to completely freeze.
• to eat, peal off dixie cup paper and enjoy your pudding pop!
• makes 10 – 12 popsicles

happy eating!
jill, jack, kyle & baby