It is hot out there and sometimes the sound of the ice cream truck sets off the desire for an icy refreshing treat! I remember as a child on hot summer days hearing that musical truck and running to the end of the driveway just waiting for him to stop at our house! Do you remember freeze pops and popsicles? Those icy treats hit the spot when it was hot outside! Sadly they are filled with preservatives, dyes, and lots of sugar. However no need to be disappointed because if you make your own popsicles and freeze pops you can control what the ingredients are! The result is a clean healthy icy treat! Gluten free, refined sugar free, dye free, and preservative free! Each frozen treat is sweetened with honey or agave syrup and natural sugar in fruit. You won’t find any ingredients you can’t pronounce or any artificial anything! These popsicles and freeze pops are simple to make, only contain a just few ingredients and slip right into a clean eating plan! And they are kid approved!
I bought popsicle molds and freeze pop bags but you can just as easily use paper cups and popsicle sticks. We found both on Amazon. Check out Pinterest for popsicle mold ideas. The only other equipment I recommend is a blender and a funnel. The blender assures everything gets mixed up and the funnel helps prevent a mess when pouring the mixture into the molds or bags. Popsicles take only minutes to put together! The most difficult part is waiting for these sweet treats to freeze! So when you hear music of the ice cream truck now know that a healthy refreshing icy pop is waiting for you in your freezer!
Here are a couple tips when making popsicles:
Use very ripe fruit. The riper the fruit, the sweeter the taste.
Mix ingredients well. A good blender does the job quickly and thoroughly
Stir after pouring. Stir the ingredients after pouring into the mold to get rid of bubbles. For freeze pop bags. just knead them gently.
Wipe the edges clean before sealing or you will have a harder time releasing the mold.
If you are using dixie cups and popsicles, add the sticks after freezing for 1 – 2 hours.
Remove popsicles from molds after a couple days and put them in individual baggies to prevent discoloration.
Unmold popsicles by running them under or dipping them in warm water until they are easy to remove.
If you are following the 21 Day Fix or Country Heat meal plan the container equivalents vary depending upon their size. I count them between 1/2 and 1 purple container.
Try out some of our favorite popsicle recipes!
Makes approximately 10 popsicles depending upon size of molds.
5 cups fresh watermelon cubes
1 teaspoon Agave syrup
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds, stir to remove bubbles and freeze for 6 hours. Nutritional tip: watermelon is high in vitamins A and C.
Berry Good Popsicles
Makes approximately 6 popsicles
2 cups hulled strawberries
2 cups fresh raspberries
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds, stir to remove bubbles and freeze for 6 hours. Nutritional Tip: these popsicles are high in vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber!
Strawberry Banana Popsicles
1 large ripe banana, peeled and cut into chunks
12 fresh, hulled large strawberries, sliced in half
1/2 cup pineapple juice – no sugar added
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture into popsicle molds stirring to remove air bubbles. Freeze for 6 hours.
Nutritional Tip: These popsicles are high in vitamins B6 and C, potassium, dietary fiber and manganese.
Blueberry Raspberry Popsicles
Makes 8 popsicles depending upon the size of your molds.
2 cups of fresh blueberries
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon agave syrup (nectar)
1 cup of raspberries
Divide the whole raspberries between popsicle molds. Blend the blueberries, water and agave in a blender until smooth. Pour in molds and stir to remove air bubbles. Freeze for 6 hours.
Nutritional tip: these popsicles are high in vitamins B6 and C, dietary fiber, manganese, and iron.
Kiwi Spinach Popsicles
Veggies can make yummy popsicles too!
Makes 6 popsicles depending upon size of molds.
2 peeled kiwi fruit
¼ cup frozen pineapple
¼ cup frozen spinach
1 cup coconut water
1 Tablespoon honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into molds, stir to remove air bubbles and freeze for 6 hours.
Nutritional Tip: These are a good source of vitamin B and C. They also provide a touch of folate and cartenoids!
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