Ahh….the merry month of May! Even though it’s packed end-of-the-year school events, several work projects and travel, I couldn’t be happier to see the calendar turn with the promise of summer right around the corner.
Which puts me in the mood for fresh produce and cold treats which is why I chose these Chocolate Pops and Fruit & Veggie Pops in Baggies for this month’s Secret Recipe Club from my assigned blog of Denise at From Brazil to You.
I was giddy when I got assigned to Denise. She has some of the most beautiful, bright photography and enticing recipes – many from her home country of Brazil but global dishes as well. Plus, she’s a friendly and supportive presence in the blogosphere – I do hope I get to meet her in person someday (perhaps a Secret Recipe Club potluck down the line??)
Anyway, it was hard to decide what to make as each one of her recipes were appealing – just some I’ll be revisiting:
But ultimately, it came back to summer eats and I was intrigued at the idea of making popsicles in baggies. Apparently, this is a common treat in Brazil and while eating them was a bit messy and we needed a cloth napkin to avoid frozen hands, my 6 year old was definitely on board with these!
(Update: See Denise’s comment below on how to correctly eat these for less mess by cutting a small hole in the corner and sucking out the pop little by little!)
I also LOVE the idea of combining fruit & veggies in popsicles (I am a dietitian after all.) And with the popularity of both the juicing and green smoothie craze, why not freeze those concoctions, too? Denise’s carrot, orange and watermelon combo was refreshing and delicious…..and who can resist frozen chocolate?
I tweaked each recipe reducing the sweeteners and some of the fat but keeping all the flavor. Here are my versions:Print Print
What are your favorite foods/recipes to get into the summer mood? Have you ever made a fruit & veggie popsicle – please share!