Fresh Fruit Popsicles with Tropicana® Fresh

Fresh fruit popsicles are a perfect treat for the whole family anytime of year. But, summertime is the perfect time for this refreshing treat. This recipe is packed with real, fresh fruit, with a splash of sweetness. This layered fruit popsicle recipe features oranges, mandarins, lemons, pineapples + grapefruits from Tropicana® Fresh

Fruit Popsicle Recipe

Father's Day is just around the corner + these popsicles are sure to bring cheer to the father in your life. Perfect after a round of golf, a bike ride around the neighborhood or a fun game of softball. Tropicana® Fresh has the mission to bring sunshine, sweetness + good health to you. And, these fresh fruit popsicles sure do.  

fresh fruit popsicles

This recipe features a layered fruit look. But, I know sometimes we are busy. Another recipe option is listed for you as well that includes the fresh fruit right in the popsicle. No extra steps. Just fresh fruit + the simple syrup + straight in the freezer they go. 

Fresh Fruit Popsicles

If you're going to make your own popsicles, might as well include some cheery popsicle sticks, right? Maybe in Dad's favorite color? Maybe in your child's favorite design? Maybe just something unique that makes you smile? Stop by your favorite craft store to find a fun set of unique popsicle sticks. 

layered popsicle recipe

Fresh Fruit Popsicles with Tropicana® Fresh

Ingredients:

Simple Syrup:

1 1/2 Cup Cold Water

1 Cup Hot Water

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Tbsp Agave Nectar

2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Fresh Fruit:

1 Cup Fresh Grapefruit (1 large grapefruit)

1 Cup Fresh Oranges (1-2 oranges)

1 Cup Fresh Pineapple (1 medium pineapple)

1 Cup Fresh Mandarins (approximately 10 mandarins)

Real fruit popsicle recipe

Directions:

First, create the simple syrup on the stove top. In a medium sized pan, add 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Next, add 1/2 cup sugar. Stir until dissolved. Then, add 2 tbsp agave nectar. Stir until dissolved. Then, add 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice. Next, add 1 1/12 cup cool water. Stir + set aside. 

To create the fresh fruit popsicles with fresh fruit suspended in the simple syrup, begin slicing the fruits into small pieces. Peel the mandarins + set aside. Section the grapefruit + oranges + peel off the membranes. While sectioning the grapefruit, reserve 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice that can be squeezed out of the fruit remaining on the skin. Slice the pineapple into small pieces. Next, Place the fresh fruit into the popsicle molds. Alternate the fruits. Fill about halfway, then add the popsicle sticks. Next, place the remaining fruit around the sticks. Then, add the reserved grapefruit juice to the simple syrup. Stir. Finally, pour the simple syrup into the molds + freeze. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight. 

To create the layered fresh fruit popsicles, begin peeling + slicing the fruits. Create the simple syrup listed above + set aside. Have your blender ready, and peel your fruit over your blender to catch any extra juice. Prepare the fruit by both squeezing the fresh fruit + adding whole fruit chunks. Each layer of fruit will be prepared separately. Yet, the process remains the same. Measure about 1 cup of fresh fruit into the blender. Peel and juice 1 cup of fresh oranges. Add to blender. Add 1/2 cup simple syrup. Blend on medium for 1 minute. Then, pour a small layer into the popsicle mold + place into the freezer for 3 hours or longer. Pour remaining orange mixture into a sealed container + place in the refrigerator. Repeat with grapefruit, pineapple + mandarins. Place each of the mixtures into sealed containers in the refridgerator so they will be ready to add a new layer once the previous layer has frozen. Fill some layers thin + some thick for a cheery look. Once the popsicle mold is filled halfway, add the popsicle sticks into the mixture to freeze into the popsicle. Continue to add the fresh fruit mixtures until the molds are filled. Enjoy!

This recipe yields approximately 12 popsicles. There are various sized popsicle molds available + it is fun to create different sizes + shapes!

Real fruit popsicle recipe

Whether you make your fresh fruit popsicles with layers or with the fresh fruit suspended into the simple syrup, they are surely to be enjoyed by all. Maybe the kids enjoy while drawling with sidewalk chalk or the adults enjoy paired with a cocktail. Just make sure to pair the popsicles with some great conversation. 

Fresh fruit popsicles with layered juices

Pin the above image to save this recipe for later. Have fun making these popsicles into your own works of art. And, enjoy the sunshine, sweetness + good health brought to you by Tropicana® Fresh

This recipe was sponsored by Tropicana® Fresh + these thoughts + opinions are all my own. Besides, my kids loved these popsicles so much they ate the first batch right up before I could even take any photos. 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Vegan Lemon Parsley Rice from our local Whole Foods, Colorado

I focus on feeding my family fresh plant-based meals.I have always valued health. I hope to instill this lifestyle in my own children. Maintaining a healthy diet is even more important to me now that I have a family of 5. Health is really the center of who we are. We love finding fresh + health-giving foods from our local Whole Foods in Colorado. 

vegan gluten free dinner

Whole Foods carefully regulates which foods + companies they place on their shelves in order to maintain the focus on health-giving products for customers. Some "ingredients" that are not found in the store are high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, and artificial flavors + sweeteners + preservatives + colors. I love the selection of nutritious foods at our local Whole Foods. I also love to create fresh meals with the produce I find in the store as well.

vegan gluten free dinner

Lemon Parsely Rice + Fresh Sautéed Vegetables

Ingredients:

Rice:

2 Cups Rice

4 Cups Water

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Rice Seasoning:

1 Bunch Fresh Parsley

3 Tablespoons Jarred Minced Garlic

1 Fresh Lemon

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt + Pepper to taste

Sautéed Vegetables:

1 Bunch Easter Raddishes

2 Large Portobello Mushrooms

2 Cups Sliced Button Mushrooms

1 Green Pepper

1 Red Pepper

1 Zucchini

1/2 Red Onion

Olive Oil for Sautéing 

Lemon Parsley Rice

Directions:

Prepare rice according to package directions. Many rice varieties are 1:2 ratio of rice to water. Add olive oil instead of butter for a vegan option. Prepare your pot of water for your rice as you begin to work on the next steps of your meal.

Wash the lemon. Next, grate your lemon rind over a medium sized bowl for your rice seasoning. Grate 2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon rind. Then, slice your lemon + squeeze two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into your mixing bowl. Reserve remaining lemon juice to add to vegetables or rice to taste. Then, add 3 tablespoons jarred minced garlic to the mixing bowl. Then, add 1 tsp of pink Himalayan salt + 1 tsp of fresh cracked pepper to your mixing bowl (adjust to taste). Wash the bunch of fresh parsley. Next, mince the parsley on a cutting board. Add one cup of fresh parsley to your mixing bowl. Mince the remaining parsley + reserve as a garnish toping for the rice.

Next, place a large colander in your clean sink. Wash your vegetables. Begin to slice your vegetables to sauté in the frying pan. Chop the vegetables lengthwise on a large cutting board + place on a large clean plate. Fill your large frying pan with 1 tsp of olive oil + place a thin layer of vegetables in the pan. Turn heat to medium high. Turn vegetables with a spatula + continue to watch the rice. As the first batch of vegetables are cooking, slice the Easter radishes + arrange on plates. Watch vegetables in the pan + continue to turn. As the vegetables become sautéed, transfer to plates + add additional vegetables to sauté.

Once rice has cooked + you've allowed it to stand covered according to package directions, add the prepared mixing bowl of rice seasoning to the pot of rice. Stir + cover until vegetables are finished sautéing.  

When the vegetables are all sautéed, scoop rice onto individual plates. Sprinkle the reserved minced parsley on the top of the rice. Drizzle a small amount of reserved lemon juice on top of the rice as well. Add sautéed vegetables around your rice. Set your table with salt + pepper to add to taste.

For kids, try placing some sautéed vegetables in a corn tortilla with rice added on top + roll up. Kids generally love food rolled in a tortilla. 

For a garlic allergy, omit garlic and substitute 1 bunch minced chives (if chives are tolerated, they are in the same botanical family as garlic). My son, Bowan, once had a garlic allergy. He has since outgrown it + now often eats all forms of garlic with no reactions. As, hives on the face were his previous reaction as a toddler. 

vegan dinner

Enjoy your fresh, family-friendly meal! This batch of rice should be enough to allow you to save 1-2 servings of rice for lunch for the following day. Try adding it to corn tortillas with fresh vegetables + a sliced avocado, for a quick grab-and-go lunch option.  Do you modify the presentation of your dinner for your kids? Like, adding your meal to a tortilla for them? I'd love to know in the comments.

 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co

vegan lemon parsley rice

 

Looking for additional vegan, gluten-free, allergy friendly recipes?

Try these below:

Welch's® Fresh: Frozen Grape Acai Smoothie

Sunflower Seed Sauce: Peanut-free Version of Peanut Sauce

Green Goodness Cilantro Sauce