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Healthy Homemade Popsicles

Healthy Homemade Popsicles

The ice cream bars and popsicles available at the store on our corner are a little scary. Supernaturally vibrant and made from ingredients that seem completely superfluous, I feel a huge flush of guilt when my daughters talk me into getting them. But when it’s a hot, Brooklyn day, and we’re walking by, it’s hard to resist their joyful pleas for these childhood summertime treats.

When I was young we used to make popsicles in plastic popsicle molds, but they never, ever, satisfied like the real McCoy. They tasted like frozen orange juice concentrate (and with all I know now about plastic I’d like to avoid that component). But if I have been able to convince my kids to love a thick homemade smoothie more than a bowl of ice cream, maybe I can get them to love a homemade all-natural popsicle as much as the terrifying Sponge Bob version from the store.

So here’s the plan: We’ll use paper cups and wooden popsicle sticks, we’ll mix and match our concoctions, freeze, unmold, and enjoy summer on a stick–without the high fructose corn syrup, red dye number 3, and bubble gum eyeballs.

I have collected some smoothie recipes from the Care2 archives that make perfect popsicles. There are just some basic techniques to follow:

  • Make the puree with enough liquid so that the mixture is very smooth.
  • Pour the mix in paper cups, about 2/3 full.
  • Place a popsicle stick or chopstick in the cup.
  • Wait until frozen, dip cup in water to unmold it, remove cup, enjoy.

Frozen Banana Mango with Cardamom Bar: This is really a cold soup recipe, but is delicious as a frozen bar.

Frozen Raspberry Cappuccino Bar: Use regular yogurt here instead of frozen yogurt.

Frozen Watermelon Mint Bar: It just doesn’t get more refreshing than this.

Frozen Super Berry Bar: Super anti-oxidant, and vegan!

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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5:08AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Yum! Thanks for sharing.

12:07AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

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8:02AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Thank you Melissa, for Sharing this!

7:22AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Mmm, all these yummy recipes are making me hungry for ice cream!!!!!

7:06AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:18AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

so refreshing

2:29AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing

3:17AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

thanks for sharing

9:35AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing this entertaining article with us.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Marvellous and so refreshing! Sounds tasty to me, especially the joys of mango!

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