Healthy eating and dessert don’t seem at all related, but believe it or not, you can make tasty summertime treats without compromising a healthy lifestyle. Ice pops are a summer staple that both kids and adults love to indulge in, but the kinds you can find from the ice cream truck or local convenience store aren’t doing your diet any favors. Instead, whip up one of these 10 ice pop recipes that feature healthy, refreshing ingredients that will cool you off.
1. Melon-mint pops
Real Simple magazine recommended these pops for a palate-cleansing end to a rich meal. Just puree 1 1/2 cups cantaloupe chunks and 1 tablespoon orange juice in a blender. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for 30 minutes or until the top is firm. Add in the popsicle sticks. Clean the blender, then puree 1 1/2 cups honeydew chunks, 1 tablespoon thawed limeade concentrate and 2 mint leaves. Pour on top of the first layer and freeze for a couple of hours before enjoying.
2. Strawberry yogurt pops
For a creamy popsicle, Greek yogurt will do the trick while adding some protein. Mix 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup milk and 1/3 cup diced strawberries, then pour into molds. Add the popsicle sticks and freeze for a few hours before serving.
3. Fruit pops
This recipe is great because you can use pretty much any fruits you have available in your kitchen. All you need to do is chop up the fruits into bite-sized pieces, add them to a popsicle mold, pour in a little juice and stick a popsicle stick in before freezing. Consider flavors like kiwi, blueberry, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple or mango. The possibilities are endless!
4. Green smoothie pops
If you regularly enjoy a green smoothie as an on-the-go meal or snack, there’s no doubt you’ll love it just as much when it’s frozen in popsicle form. Next time you’re whipping up a smoothie with ingredients like kale, spinach, almond milk, flaxseed or chia, make an extra batch and freeze it in popsicle molds to enjoy later.
5. Lemon-cucumber pops
Lemons and cucumbers are added to water all the time for a refreshing flavor twist, so why not include them in a popsicle? Marla Meredith, food, lifestyle, travel and photography blogger, suggested using 1 cup julienned cucumber, 1 fresh-squeezed lemon, 2 cups cold water and a bit of natural sweetener like agave or stevia to make the popsicles on her blog. Pour the mixture into molds, add sticks and freeze.