When the heat hits high – along with our kiddo’s energy, staying cool becomes a top priority. Ice cream and popsicles are classic summer go-tos, but all too often come loaded with sugars and empty calories. Keep your kids (and let’s be honest, selves) cool through the heat with these healthy takes on popsicles!:
What says summer more than watermelon? Pull out those popsicle molds and your blender for this easy, nearly mess-free, summer treat! You’ll need:
- 3 cups of cut watermelon (remove seeds and the rind)
- ¼ cup of lime juice
- 1 cup of your choice of add-in fruit
Puree together the watermelon and lime juice until consistently smooth. Carefully stir in your choice of add-in: Blueberries and strawberries both work beautifully – just make sure that your pieces are small enough that they don’t become ice cubes! Small pieces of torn fresh mint are also delicious! Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and wait until frozen to devour.
Give the blast-from-the-past vision of sitting on your front porch with some lemonade an update with this sweet take on an old classic. You’ll need:
- 2 cups of fresh raspberries
- 2 Tablespoons sugar substitute
- 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon zest
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
Puree the raspberries together with the sugar substitute. Then, in a separate bowl, stir together the yogurt, lemon juice and lemon zest. Spoon the yogurt mixture into popsicle molds, then top with the raspberry puree. Use a chopstick to push the raspberry puree down into the yogurt mixture in random spots; importantly, DON’T stir! Then pop the sticks in and mold top on and let the popsicles set.
Fruit Swirl Yogurt Pops
These are the easiest popsicles you’ll ever make – but you’d never know it by looking at them! You’ll need a blender, a bowl and popsicle molds. Ready?
- 2 cups of your choice of fruit
- 2 cups Greek yogurt (vanilla works with everything, but you can get creative!)
- 2 Tablespoons honey, agave, or preferred sweetener
Pop your fruit in the blender and puree it until it resembles a smoothie. Pour the fruit into a bowl, and stir in the sweetener until thoroughly mixed. At this point, take a taste test; add more honey or sweetener if needed. Add in the yogurt and gently mix. For a consistent pop, stir it all together, or, for a fun swirl effect, run a knife in random patterns, dragging the fruit through the yogurt. Pour it carefully into the molds and freeze (with sticks inserted).