Three healthy, homemade popsicles

We’re only a few days into summer officially, but Texas hit summer temperatures months ago.  One of our favorite ways to keep cool is with homemade popsicles, and we’ve been experimenting with some of our favorite flavors.

These are a much healthier alternative to store-bought varieties (you can even sneak spinach into the blueberry one!), and they are delicious, refreshing and more economical.

healthy, homemade popsiclesBlueberry, Watermelon and Orange Creamsicle

Blueberry:  Combine 1 c. plain yogurt, 1 banana, 1/2 c. frozen blueberries, 1/3 c. milk and 1 c.fresh spinach in a blender.  Pour into molds and freeze for 3-4 hours.

Watermelon: Combine 2 c. fresh watermelon and 1 apple (peeled or unpeeled).  Pour into molds and freeze for 3-4 hours.

Orange Creamsicle: Combine 1 c. plain or vanilla yogurt, 1/3 c. milk, 2 oranges and 1/2 tsp vanilla.  Pour into molds and freeze for 3-4 hours.

Notes:

  • Each makes enough for 3-4 popsicles, depending on size.  You can easily double the recipes to make more.
  • If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use dixie cups with popsicle sticks.
  • Run the popsicles under warm water to remove the popsicle in one piece.

It’s also another What I ate Wednesday with Peas and Crayons!

Here’s what I was chowing on yesterday:

  • Breakfast: (center pic) Post-run protein smoothie and oats.
  • Lunch: (lower left) Chickpea curry and couscous
  • Dinner: (lower right) Mini-frittatas; homemade whole-grain bread
  • Snacks: Apple + choc chips; Blueberry Larabar; Coconut-date-nut balls; unpictured banana; carrots + hummus

Is it hot enough for popsicles where you are?

Do you have favorite flavors? Or other tricks for staying cool?

59 thoughts on “Three healthy, homemade popsicles

    • Right now I’m using chocolate soy from GNC- a few more ingredients than what I would ideally want, but it is really tasty. I’m also using the vanilla Vega Sport- but it’s not my favorite flavor. I have to hide it pretty well.
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  1. Yum, thanks for these recipes. It is going to be 90+ the next few days so I have plans to make popsicles after I saw a great mango pineapple recipe, might have to add the watermelon one to the list 🙂
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  2. I’ve been wanting to make some basil lemonade popsicles, but your orange creamsicles look so good that I might have to make those too. I think I might pick up some molds when I go to Target later this week to pick up a prescription.
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  3. Um, yeah, San Antonio is hot enough for popsicles. We are hitting over 100 every day this week. Ugh. I love freezing watermelon into pops but my kids, for some odd reason, don’t like them. They’ll eat fresh watermelon 3 times a day, but not a frozen one. I often just freeze leftover smoothies into what we call ‘healthy pops.’
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    • Thank you, Amanda! I still have a lot to learn about photos, but am seeing some improvement. Often I don’t have the time or patience to get good shots… and a nice camera would help. But I’m getting by. 🙂
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  4. The girls and I both love popsicles! They got some ring-pop popsicle molds for Easter that we need to put to good use. I’m definitely going to try these recipes…the girls would love them!!
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  5. While we are still waiting for summer temperatures to arrive (I’m getting a little impatient here!), we have been making lots of “smoothie pops” my boys are calling them, anyway. It’s funny how freezing something (anything) in a fun mold can make them so much more enticing to a little kid! Yours sound delicious and will be making the orange creamsicle tomorrow with some oranges that have been sitting in the crisper.
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