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Healthy Homemade Popsicles

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Oh the sweet sounds of summer! The birds are chirping, the kids are yelling as they pelt each other with water balloons with the yard, and, in the distance, a familiar melody tinkles. As the ice-cream truck rounds the corner, they race inside to the coin jar. The screen door slams, and they're back outside, lining up for sugary treats.

In the good old days, the ice-cream man's arrival meant a special treat, but with treats accessible at every event at school, friend's houses, and even sporting events, those treats seem like overkill.

No need to ban treats on hot summer days. But kill two birds with one stone by making your own frozen treats with foods that are healthy and naturally delicious, like fruit and yogurt. 
Why take the time to make your own freezer pops?
It's cheap!  Slushies can run up to $2.00 each and the ice treat truck up to $3.00 each.  Make your own for about 25-40 cents each.
No ice cream makers or special equipment needed.  Got paper bathroom cups?  Wooden craft sticks or even plastic spoons in house?  If you answered yes you are ready to go.
You control what does inside the freezer pops. No blue dyes, less sugar, plus added fiber or protein--if you choose.
Tips for making the best freezer treats
  • Make sure fruit is ripe to avoid adding excess sugar.
  • Keep in mind that your fruit will seem less sweet after you freeze it, as freezing dulls some of the flavor. Rather than reach for sugar, consider adding herbs or sweeter fruit.
  • If popsicles will not release from the mold, hold the mold under running warm water for 20 seconds to release.  If using paper or plastic molds just snip the top edge with scissors to release.
  • Looking for ways to add some vegetables or protein into a treat?  Try mixing spinach or protein powder into your mixture before freezing.
  • For parties, make mini ice cube popsicles to add flavor to water or herbal teas.  The ice cube will chill the beverage and impart flavor at the same time. 

 Spending some time creating your own popsicles or frozen treats can be just as fun as family game night, and it's a great way to occupy kids on a rainy summer afternoon.

A general recipe for frozen treats is equal parts fruit and liquid or yogurt--let your imagination go wild!

If you want some inspiration, try one of these recipes:
110-Calorie Banana Split: Order a banana split at the drive thru, and you're looking at 800 calories. This version has 110, and it's easy enough for kids to make!

Mini White Chocolate-Peach Freezer Pops
: This mini treat recipe is a great start but try adding a slice of strawberry to top of the cup or chopped pistachios, or better yet make a chocolate peach smore by sandwiching top and bottom with circles of graham crackers.

Strawberry-Kiwi Yogurt Freezer Pops
: These are so cute and colorful! The kiwi in the bottom of the cup not only adds more fruit and color to the freezer pop, it also holds the stick in place.
Do you ever make your own freezer pops? What's your favorite flavor?
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DRAGONFLY631 4/13/2019
Will definitely try these recipes. Report
My grandkids love making them and eating them. Anytime fruit gets too ripe, blend it and add it to a popsicle. So good. Report
PWILLOW1 7/21/2018
BIKE4HEALTH 7/8/2018
Very good Report
MCJULIEO 7/5/2018
I love the idea of the kiwi fruit holding the stick in place! Report
EMGERBER 6/30/2018
I need these to get me through the extreme heat wave we are having here at the end of June. Report
_CYNDY55_ 6/29/2018
Delish, thanks Report
TWEETYKC00 6/28/2018
Yum, like making my own popsicles! Report
looks good Report
gonna have to try these. Report
The frozen yogurt pops are delicious! Report
A favorite treat for the Kitchen Wolves (6 German Shepherds) On hot summer days is a can of OJ concentrate mixed with a quart of plain yogurt frozen in Dixie cups. Called Frosty Paws!

This year for the humans I’m trying a pkg of sugar free pudding mixed with plain yogurt! Frosty Pudding Pops! Report
I have not yet gotten to this point, but I have learned to make the Koolaide style popsicle with sugar free drink mix and sf jello dry mix. Our family enjoys it, and would probably like trying the ones listed above. Have also learned that I like individual "cell" molds rather than ones that are all connected together - working on getting more of those. Report
In the summer I sometimes make popsicles out of unsweetened fruit juice. Not only are they healthier but I think they taste better. Report
Can't wait to try these! Report
I make popsicles with cut up berries (whatever I have-usually including blueberries that we picked and froze last summer) and 100% juice. I call them "berry surprise." My granddaughter and her friends love them, and they can eat them any time, not just for dessert! Report
Coconut Avocado is the BEST! Yum! :) (For any Brazilians out there, it's basically frozen vitamina.) Report
We like to use a blend of different colors in the Vitamix. We drink anything remaining after the molds have been filled. Our current favorite is kale, carrot, strawberry, blueberry, walnut, and flaxseed meal. Report
yummy ideas Report
I love making these since I had five children to deal with. Report
Our kids got frozen bananas in the summer -- their friends all loved them too! My current favorite is frozen grapes. Probably not so great for little kids, but better than ice cream for grown ups! Report
that's all we got growing up was homemade popsicles. Report
Great ideas! Report
yummy Report
I like popcicles made of Splenda sweetened orangeade. Report
Wonderful ideas! I can't wait to try the Mini White Chocolate-Peach Pops! Report
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