Breakfast Protein POPSICLES! (guest post)


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summer lovin’


On Saturday mornings, when I was about age 7, my little brother and I used to sneak into the kitchen while Mom was sleeping and eat Fudgesicles for breakfast while we watched cartoons….OK, well, maybe we ate a few Fudgesicles…OK, OK! Yes! Between us, we finished off the box!

Shameful, right?! Well, ya know what, Moms and Dads? I say it is time to EMBRACE the breakfast popsicle. This will not only make you the coolest parent in the entire universe — it will make the kiddos happy as pie!

Seriously, imagine the look on their face when they come into the kitchen and ask “What’s for breakfast?” and you reply “Popsicles!” They probably won’t believe you at first.

That’s when you pull this glorious orange creamsicle pop out of the freezer and announce: “Voila! Breakfast is served!”

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Right there, in that moment, your “cool parent points” go through the roof!

But so do your “nutrition-conscious responsible parent points,” because these popsicles are packed with nutrient-dense bananas, coconut milk, and Orange Cream Lean Shake protein from GNC. The kids don’t have to know it’s good for them – they might just be too wowed by the sheer thrill of eating popsicles that early in the morning to even bother asking!

The GNC team recently sent me the Orange Cream to try out, and I love it!

Totally brings back memories of those orange creamsicle push-pops I would buy from the ice cream truck rolling through our neighborhood on Saturday afternoons! If you aren’t a big orange fan, you can just use this same recipe but swap in your kids’ favorite flavors. GNC Lean Shake makes vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, even cookies n’ cream!

You could even double down on your I AM THE COOLEST PARENT OF THE YEAR submission by serving this with a healthy pancake and then heading outside for a “Kid Play” workout.

The whole family will have so much fun, and it’s great exercise for everyone!

So try this little circuit, and enjoy your breakfast popsicles!

Kid Play Energy Burner
• Pogo hops, 15 seconds
• Jumping jacks, 15 seconds
• Jumping beans (aka jump squats), 15 seconds
• Reach for the moon (aka jump up with arms overhead), 15 seconds
Round 1:
• Jog up and down a space (ideally 25 yards) 4 times
• Leap frog up one length, then do 10 jumping jacks. Repeat 3 more times, or as much as their attention span allows.
• 20 pushups for you, 10 for the little ones

Round 2 – Tabata (Download and let them use the free Tabata Timer App on your phone. They’ll love playing referee!)
• Jumping beans (aka jump squats) x2 rounds
• Jumping jacks x2 rounds
• Running in place x2 rounds
• Skaters x2 rounds

‘Orange You the Coolest Parent’ Breakfast Popsicles


1 banana
1 cup canned coconut milk
2 scoops GNC Lean Shake Orange Cream


1. Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds. I found these adorable Rocket Pop molds, but any molds will do!

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Miz wants!

Makes 4 large popsicles. Nutritional info per popsicle: 110 calories, 6 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbs, 5 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

 Shannon Colavecchio, owner of Badass Fitness and Cavegirl Bakes Gourmet, is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer based in Tallahassee, Florida, where she juggles her full-time PR job with her full-time passion of fitness and Paleo baking


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  1. says

    Hi Carla, these sound great! I’m most def going to give these a go. Got to find those large popsicle molds…I have the small ones and don’t like.


  2. says

    I think I need to get some popsicle molds. Having something cold before a hot summer run is supposed to help you cope with the heat, and this sounds like fantastic pre-long run fuel!

  3. Johnathan says

    I don’t even have kids and I want to try this. I used to eat popsicles all the time – especially the orange ones! Thanks for sharing.

  4. says

    Even my teens will go for this! (the creamy pops, not the exercise, they are “too cool” to be seen playing with mom like that any more)

  5. says

    LOVE this idea! I have been struggling this week with healthy breakfast ideas for the kids. Love! Love! Love! Thanks for sharing!

  6. says

    Sounds great! When you list coconut milk are you talking about the stuff that you get in the can in the Asian food section of the grocery store or the stuff in the carton that you can drink instead of milk? There is a huge calorie difference between the two!

  7. says

    Those popsicles sound amazing after a workout outside during the summer! I’m always looking for something cold and refreshing to consume afterwards.

    And I’ve found that kids love doing the workouts with you! To them exercise is most definitely play!

  8. says

    These are just about the coolest thing going! And I love that you and your brother used to sneak the fudgesicles in front of the TV…what a great memory for you!

  9. says

    wow these look great! especialy now that its summer and the weather is getting warmer, i’ve sucessfully made some great ice cream from casein protein powder aswell :p

  10. says

    I think if I made these I would also eat… EVERY. FREAKIN. ONE … in one sitting :P

    maybe I will make one at a time?

  11. says

    Wow Shannon, that popsicle for breakfast looks very good. It seems like the cream would have too much fat to counteract the quality of the banana, but will try it anyways. Thanks!!!