Pineapple Mango Creamsicles and Mixed Berry Ice Pops

It is definitely summer around here and while I’m loving the sunshine, I’m not a huge fan of the heat. What better way to beat the heat than with an icy totally guilt-free treat?! (Really didn’t intend for all the rhyming there!)

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Store-bought popsicles may be fruit-flavoured, but they are usually just frozen sugar-water, without any actual fruit in sight. These home-made popsicles taste even better than store-bought, are almost completely all fruit, and therefore completely guilt-free! They are also super quick and easy to make. If you know how to turn on a blender, than you can make these in about five minutes. The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze!

Pineapple Mango Creamsicles
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup mango chunks
1 cup canned coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (or more coconut milk, for an even creamier creamsicle)
1/2 tsp orange extract
Optional – sweetener to taste

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Mixed Berry Ice Pops
1 cup blueberries
1 cup other berries (raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries…) – You can choose one kind, or a mixture.
2 cups water or non-dairy milk
Optional – sweetener to taste

For both kinds, just throw everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide into whatever ice pop molds you have and place them in a freezer to freeze. Wait impatiently. Enjoy!

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Notes:
– For both recipes, you can use either fresh or frozen fruit, or a combination of both. 

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I’ve shared this post with Raw Food Thursday (7/18/13), Allergy-Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays (7/17/13), Healthy Vegan Friday #52, Gluten Free Friday #49, and Wellness Weekend (July 18-22).

Questions
Ice cream or popsicles?

What is your favourite popsicle flavour? Or the craziest flavour you’ve tried?
Feel free to share or link to the recipe!

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Smoothies!

I love smoothies & shakes! I make smoothies with Vega One, Vega Energizing Smoothie or hemp protein powder for meals, and simpler smoothies & shakes for snacks. They are quick, easy, and portable: perfect for quick breakfast before a workout or meal before work. And the best thing? Infinite possibilities!

Here are a few smoothies that I’ve made in the past couple of weeks.

Mocha Banana Frappe
Frozen banana slices
4 ice cubes
2 tbsp Starbucks Hot Cocoa Powder Mix
Original Coconut Dream (non-dairy milk)
Cold coffee
Jem and I shared this for an afternoon treat! We didn’t intend it to taste like banana, but it was still really good.

Carob Peppermint Green Smoothie
1 handful frozen baby kale
Frozen banana slices
Frozen pineapple chunks
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground flax
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
2 tbsp carob powder (or cocoa)
1 serving (30g) hemp protein powder
Unsweetened almond milk

Hemp Protein Powder

Before milk & blending.

Greens + chocolate never makes a pretty smoothie, but tastes great!

LOVE this cup!

Spiced Tropical Smoothie
1 serving (1 scoop) Tropical Vega Energizing Smoothie
Frozen mango, pineapple, & banana
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
Pinch nutmeg
Pinch cloves
1 tbsp hemp hearts
Unsweetened coconut milk (I mean the stuff in cartons sold for drinking, not the cans)
I really liked the combination of sweet tropical fruits paired with spices. And I love the pretty yellow colour of this one!

Questions
Do you use any protein or meal replacement powders, and what do you think of the ones you’ve tried?

Have you tried Vega?
You should! In addition to the Vega One, and Vega Energizing Smoothie, I also use Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator.

Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe, ingredient, or flavour combination?