As the weather gets hot, cold and refreshing popsicles are the way to go. The problem with a lot of the store bought popsicles is that they have high fructose corn syrup and a lot of cane sugar.
The great thing about making homemade popsicles is you can combine different fruits and veggies to make delicious and healthy treats.
Tips to Making Delicious Popsicles:
- Using puree fruits with lemon or lime helps to reduce the icy texture
- Natural juice such as orange, mango, pineapple, apple, grape and lemon help to enrich flavor without the need to add a lot of sugar
- Yogurt or coconut milk helps to incorporate probiotics & healthy fat. Making it creamy and rich.
- Adding whole fruits creates a creamy popsicle
- Using PB 2 or Collagen powder is a great way to add extra protein
- Instead of using cane sugar, try using honey or natural maple
For popsicle molds, try using Lebice or Zoku brands. The Popsicles are much easier to remove and they stand stable inside the freezer.
Healthy Homemade Fruit Popsicle:
Peach Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles
- 3 cups strawberries, pureed to 1 1/2 cup
- 3 cups peaches, peeled and sliced, pureed to 1 1/2 cup
- 2 tablespoons honey, divided
- 2/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt/ non dairy substitute
1 In a blender, puree strawberries with four teaspoons honey then set aside. Clean blender, puree sliced peaches with two teaspoons, honey, set aside.
2 Layer the popsicles as follows; 2 teaspoons strawberry puree, one teaspoon yogurt, two teaspoons mango puree and repeat. Make a fruit puree your last layer.
3 Tap the mold on the counter to make sure all of the layers settle. Use a small spoon to drag vertically from the bottom to the top of the mold a few times to create a swirled pattern.
4 Gently tap the molds on the countertop to remove any air bubbles. Insert the popsicle sticks, and then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight
Orange Mango Collagen Popsicles
- 4 cups mango, divided
- 1 Tbsp. of Great Lakes Collagen
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 3 tablespoons honey
1 Puree 3 cups mango slices, 1 Tbsp. of Collagen, orange juice and honey.
2 Cut the remaining 1 cup mango slices into 1/4 inch cubes. Evenly divide them among the popsicle molds.
3 Add 3 tablespoons of mango coconut mixture, gently tapping mold on the counter to make sure liquid fills in the diced mango spaces.
4 Add 1 tablespoon of coconut milk, or until the mold is filled. Insert the popsicle sticks, and then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight
Carrot Delight Popsicle
3 carrots cut into chunks and steamed until soft
1 cup strawberries fresh or frozen
1 mango sliced
1/2 cup water
4 TB honey
Puree all the ingredients and pour into mold. Freeze at least 6 hours & enjoy.