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Coolin’ Off with Healthier Homemade Popsicles

How to Make Healthy Popsicles

Summer days are supposed to be filled with swimming, sunscreen and of course–ice cream! But before you reach for the ice cream scoop, consider making your own popsicles at home. They’re not only healthier, but they taste far better than anything you can buy at the store.

Why make your own popsicles? There are a few reasons:

  • You know exactly what you’re putting into them. No preservatives, dyes or artificial ingredients necessary!
  • You control the sugar content. Even if you add a little sugar or honey to your popsicles to sweeten them up, you’ll control the quantity.
  • They taste better, which is probably the most compelling argument…because who can argue with that?

In less than 10 minutes (and a few hours in the freezer) you can easily make your own popsicles. I like to think of them as smoothies in a much more fun form. The process and formula is similar too: fruit for flavor/sweetness, superfoods for extra nutrition, liquid to get everything going and a little something extra in the form of sweetness, fat or superfood.

Fruit is a main component of popsicles, so start there. Berries, melon, mango, pineapple, you really can’t go wrong! Then try adding greens like spinach or kale (full of vitamins, minerals and and fiber). They might turn the popsicles a greenish hue, but you can’t taste them at all! Use your favorite milk (2%, almond, soy, etc.) or a combination of 100% fruit juice to blend everything together and throw in some matcha powder, hemp seeds or açaí purée if you really want to bump up the nutrition. Use a little honey or pure maple syrup if you need to sweeten them.

Then it’s easy: blend, pour into molds and freeze for a few hours until firm. You’ll be eating homemade popsicles in a matter of hours! Check out my recipes here.

How do you sneak a little nutrition into your daily eats? Share ideas in our comments section below.

About the Author:

Emily Dingmann shares simple recipes and straightforward nutrition tips on her popular site, A Nutritionist Eats. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She loves a balance of kale salads and green smoothies with cheeseburgers and truffle fries. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles and is the Communications Manager at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a national anti-hunger nonprofit. Learn more about Emily.

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