Ruby’s Rockets, the fruit and vegetable pops with probiotics made especially for kids, will launch Friday at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif.
These all-natural ice pops for kids, tweens and teens offer a healthy alternative to sugary, artificial treats and are a convenient, low-calorie snack, according to a news release.
Ruby’s mom, Broadway/TV/film actress Wendy Makkena (best known for her role in “Sister Act”), started making green smoothies at home after she saw a famous doctor make them on a national TV show.
“One morning on the way to school Ruby tasted my drink. I didn’t think she’d like it, but she said if I took out some of the ‘grownup’ flavors like ginger she’d drink them too,” Makkena says of her daughter. “I was so happy she wanted something healthy. So we started making them together. But all that chopping and blending was really messy and I didn’t have the time to keep it up every morning.”
Makkena and 8-year-old Ruby began a quest for the perfect recipes, freezing hundreds of pops and sharing them with kids in the neighborhood who kept asking for more. Finally, the release says, they landed on three kid-approved flavors:
• Rocket Red—An all-natural blend of sweet potatoes, strawberries, carrots and beets that delivers a fruit punch flavor;
• Galaxy Green—An all-natural blend of avocados, kiwis, spinach and apples with a tropical lime flavor; and
• Orbit Orange—An all-natural blend of sweet potatoes, carrots, oranges and lemon with a juicy orange taste.
Ruby’s Rockets do not contain gluten, wheat or dairy. Kid-friendly probiotics support healthy immune and digestive systems, according to the release.
“We are committed to making these the healthiest pops they can be,” says Makkena.
Boxes of six pops will soon be available in stores on the West Coast.