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RECIPE: Homemade Popsicles: Beat the Heat with These Healthy Summer Treats!

Published on July 11, 2010 by   ·   7 Comments Pin It
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Oh, how we love the hot lazy days of summer where we can just kick back and enjoy being outdoors! And, when the hot weather hits, there is nothing more refreshing than popsicles!     Peruse the shelves of the grocery store, though, and you will be hard-pressed to find ones that are not laden with sugar and food colorings! Here, Nutritional Consultant and Healthy Glam Mama Katherine Pennington of   Be In Balance shares her bestest (yep, its a summer word!) popsicle recipes that will bring all the boys to your yard!

So bad were the popsicles served at my childrens’ camps that even heavy duty detergents and bleach could not get the stains out of their shirts and their hands were stained for days!  Do we really want to be putting that into our children’s bodies? I don’t think so!

Luckily, popsicles are the easiest treats to make and children love to participate making them with you!   All you need is a set of molds (William-Sonoma has some adorable shooting star ones) and some juice, fruit, soy/ coconut yogurt or even chocolate soy milk. Following are some of my favorite recipes but experiment with the fruits or other ingredients that your children like best!

If you just are not up for making them, there is also a brand at Whole Foods and other health food stores called Fruitfull (my daughter and I are completely addicted to the Coconut and I eventually requested that our children’s camp serve these as an option!) Coconut Bliss also carries chocolate and coconut popsicles made from coconut and sweetened with agave nectar. In a pinch, these are both good choices but it is always better and more fun to make your own!    The  ones featured are  my  Strawberry & Cream ones that my son and I made. When it is a hot summer day, my children literally ask to have one for breakfast and think that they are getting such as treat while I know they are having a healthy start to their day!

Strawberry and Cream Popsicles
1 box frozen strawberries
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk or 1 cup vegan yogurt

Combine the ingredients and blend until smooth but a few chunks of the strawberries are left. We used vanilla almond milk with a dollop of the So Delicious Coconut yogurt for the ones above but if you want to keep it simple and use just the strawberries and whatever yogurt you have on hand, do that as well!  Pour in the molds and freeze.

Banana Cream Popsicles
6 bananas
1 cup vegan yogurt

Mix the ingredients in a blender or by hand and then pour into molds. Freeze and enjoy!

Watermelon Electrolyte Lemonade Popsicles
Watermelon- cubed or chunked (approximately 4 cups)
1-2 cups Newman’s Own (or other healthy, low-sugar lemonade)
1 squeeze of agave nectar
1 dash of sea salt

Combine the ingredients and blend in a blender. Be sure to put aside a few chunks or simply mash up to add to the mixture to give it text ure. Pour the mixture into the molds and freeze. These are so refreshing and delicious and are great after a workout or hot day at the beach!

Peach-Mango Cream Popsicles
2 peaches (cut up and frozen)
1 ripe mango
1 cup vegan yogurt

Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth. It is nice to leave  a few peach slices aside to mash and add to the mixture. Pour into molds  & serve.

Chocolate-Banana Popsicles
Chocolate almond milk (or soy milk, rice or hemp milk)
Frozen banana
Unsweetened grated coconut (or the meat from a young Thai coconut)

Combine the above ingredients and blend. Pour in molds, freeze & enjoy!    These are decadent!!!

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Readers Comments (7)

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  2. Chastity says:

    These recipes look AH-MAZING.

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  4. Miranda says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  5. Try them- you won’t be sorry! So easy and also guilt-free!

  6. Janine says:

    My kids are gonna go nuts for these, especially the Strawberries and Cream Popsicles! I am going to make them with their favorite So Delicious coconut milk yogurt. Thank you!

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