Cool Down this Summer with Delicious Homemade Popsicles

Boy in sunglasses eating homemade popsicles outdoors

If you live in California, you are probably tired of dealing with the heat. Why not find a unique way to cool down? Delicious, homemade popsicles are a great way to cool down while having a yummy snack. Many popsicle recipes include fresh fruits, so not only will they help you cool down and taste delicious, but they are also healthy! (Just don’t tell the kids.)

Homemade Popsicles

  • Strawberry/Orange Ombre Popsicles – Using a plastic popsicle freeze tray, add strawberry juice first. Allow that to partially freeze and then add orange, pineapple, or apple juice, or vice versa. Not only are these Ombre popsicles delicious, but also pretty. If you have a hard time getting your kids to drink juice, this is a sneaky way to accomplish that goal.
  • Tropical Popsicles – While there are many variations of tropical popsicles, one of the best recipes consists of vanilla almond milk, pineapple juice, honey, and coconut extract. One taste and you will feel as though you are in the Bahamas.
  • Fruit and Yogurt – Both fruit and yogurt are good for adults and kids, so you will never go wrong combining them to make popsicles. For fruit and yogurt popsicles, just mix any fruit that you like with your favorite yogurt. Some examples are fresh blueberries with vanilla yogurt, pitted red cherries with chocolate yogurt, and raspberries with key-lime yogurt.
  • Smoothie Pops – Everyone loves a good smoothie, so making smoothie popsicles makes perfect sense. For a quick and cool treat, make smoothie popsicles with orange juice and mashed up banana or mango.

In all of these popsicle recipes plus others that you will find now that you feel inspired, you can cut down on the calories with the right ingredients. For instance, instead of using whole milk, use 2 percent. Or in place of standard yogurt, go with low-fat. You can also make adult-only versions of these recipes by adding liqueur, wine, or liquor. Just remember that popsicles containing alcohol are so good that your friends may get carried away, so be prepared to hide some car keys.

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