Healthy Frozen Treats That Help You Beat The Heat – DIY Tips & Recipes

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Popsicles Are A Popular Summertime Treat!

There are few things as refreshing as a flavorful frozen treat on a sweltering summer day. Especially as the temperature soars into the 80s, 90s and beyond, who doesn’t look forward to a cool icy treat to beat the searing heat?

Americans have had a long-standing love affair with popsicles ever since their creation in 1905. When 11-year old Frank Epperson accidentally left a cup filled with powdered soda, water, and a stick sitting on his porch overnight, it froze and Frank invented the first popsicle. In 1923, Frank began selling popsicles in Neptune Beach, California, and they became an instant hit. Today, over 2 billion Popsicle® brand frozen treats are sold annually in the United States!

Originally, commercial popsicles and ice pops consisted primarily of frozen water filled with artificial colors and flavors. While these varieties still exist, artisan ice pops are all the rage these days! Trendy shops are popping up all over the country filled with high-priced organic fruit and vegetable popsicles!

While it’s fun to indulge in a trendy treat every now and then, their high cost can easily take an unwelcome bite out of your budget by summer’s end! Why not pamper your wallet and waistline and keep cool by making your own frozen treats at home?

Tips For Creating Healthy Popsicles

Ingredients

Creating tasty frozen treats is fun and easy to do. Here are a few basic tips to help you get started!

1. One of the best things about creating your own popsicles is that you get to decide what goes into them! These recipes are chock-full of our favorite fruits to minimize calories and maximize nutrients!

Blended-Concoctions

2. Use water-based ingredients such as ice, fruit juices, coconut water and herbal teas to create a cooler, icier pop. Incorporate ingredients such as milk, yogurt, sherbet and other dairy products for a smoother, creamier texture.

Dixie-Cup-Molds

3. While popsicle-making kits are nice to have, they aren’t essential to own – especially for renters with limited storage space! We used Dixie® Cups to make our pops because they are inexpensive, disposable, and allow us to make as many treats as we need at any given time!

We hope you enjoy the recipes that follow and that these tips encourage you to create your own frozen concoctions!

Watermelon Popsicles

Watermelon-Popsicles

Ingredients

2 Cups Seedless Watermelon
1/8 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Ice

Instructions

1. Cut the watermelon into slices and scoop out the fruit.
2. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
3. Pour the ingredients into the cup or mold, leaving at least 1/4 inch at the top of the mold to allow for expansion.
4. Partially freeze the popsicles for two hours, and then insert the sticks into the center of the cups or molds.
5. Freeze for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours (for best results, let the popsicles freeze overnight!)
6. Remove the popsicle from the cup or mold and enjoy!

Prefer a creamier popsicle? Add 3/4 Cup of Milk to the ingredients!

Peach Mango Popsicles

Peach Mango Popsicles

Ingredients

I Cup Peaches
I Cup Mango
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Ice

Instructions

1. Wash, peel and slice the fruit and remove the pits.
2. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
3. Pour the ingredients into the cup or mold, leaving at least 1/4 inch at the top of the mold to allow for expansion.
4. Partially freeze the popsicles for two hours, and then insert the sticks into the center of the cups or molds.
5. Freeze for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours (for best results, let the popsicles freeze overnight!)
6. Remove the popsicle from the cup or mold and enjoy!

Prefer a creamier popsicle? Add 3/4 Cup of Milk to the ingredients!

Strawberry Kiwi Popsicles

Strawberry-Kiwi-Popsicles

Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups Strawberries
1/2 Cup Kiwi
1 Cup Ice
1/4 Cup Ice

Instructions

1. Clean and hull the strawberries by removing the green caps and stem with a paring knife and slicing them in half.
2. Wash, peel and slice the kiwi.
3. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
4. Pour the ingredients into the cup or mold, leaving at least 1/4 inch at the top of the mold to allow for expansion.
5. Partially freeze the popsicles for two hours, and then insert the sticks into the center of the cups or molds.
6. Freeze for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours (for best results, let the popsicles freeze overnight!)
7. Remove the popsicle from the cup or mold and enjoy!

Prefer a creamier popsicle? Add 3/4 Cup of Milk to the ingredients!

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What’s your favorite popsicle flavor? We’d love to know! Please leave a note in the comments – and be sure to check out this bonus fruit smoothie popsicle recipe at ForRent.Com!

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70 Responses to “Healthy Frozen Treats That Help You Beat The Heat – DIY Tips & Recipes”

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  1. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books
    Twitter: RecentBooks
    says:

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes for Popsicles!! =) yum!
    Pinned to my Dessert board.

  2. Mari says:

    Love this share thanks for ideas!!!

  3. My husband and I love popsicles year around. Your recipes look delish.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Thanks Elena – isn’t it fun to be able to enjoy popsicles throughout the year?
      Hope you enjoy them and they inspire you to try a few new flavors of your own! 🙂

  4. Helen Fern @ Pleasures of the NW says:

    Great idea!! Visiting from the Friendship Friday hop!

  5. I love making my own popsicles and finding new creations to try. Thank you for sharing at the Merry Monday Link party!

  6. Yum! The peach-mango popsicles sound like exactly what I would love on a hot summers day!

  7. Adrian says:

    These all look so delicious. I would really like banana:) Thanks for sharing your awesome recipes with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party!

  8. Miz Helen says:

    I just love your Frozen Treats! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Katherines Corner
    Twitter: goaskkatie
    says:

    yum…..Hugs Thank you for sharing and for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

  10. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly
    says:

    Oh yum! I’d be NaNee of the year! This looks like something my grandkids would absolutely love. I surely hope you’ll come over and share your recipe on my linky. Hugs, me

  11. Casey says:

    Yum! These look amazing! Summer is basically over in Seattle but I may have to make these anyway. And good idea on using Dixie cups instead of investing in the fancy Popsicle makers… thanks for the tip!

  12. Erin says:

    Looks great- pinned it to try later with my kids. Found your blog on Foodie Fridays link party and started following on Google +.

    Erin
    http://theeveryday-mom.blogspot.com/

  13. Tami says:

    Perfect for a hot summer’s day. I have to make these when school lets out. Thanks for sharing the recipes. 🙂 #sitsblogging

  14. Lana says:

    I LOVE THIS! I made some fruitcicles for a dinner party (pineapple/mint/lime & watermelon/strawberry/lime) and they were very memorable.

  15. Margaret says:

    Such a good idea.. healthy snacks. My kids will love them.

  16. Julia says:

    All of these combinations sound so delicious and refreshing! Thanks for enlightening us about the origin of popsicles too!

  17. Angelina says:

    Such a clever idea! I wil have to try this, it has been getting to 100 everyday where I’m at. Coming from Sunday’s down under!

  18. Yep, we need these in our lives, stat. The temps are already hitting 100 here in GA, so we love some frozen goodness to keep us cool! I bet the toddler would love these, too.

  19. Love the history on popsicles!! and the combination of peach and mango sounds delicious. Thanks so much for sharing these recipes. Have a great weekend!

  20. These suggestions look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Love the idea to make homemade popsicles! I will definitely have to try out one of your recipes! Found you at SITS Sharefest!

  22. Nicole says:

    Those all look so delicious and perfect for all this heat we are having!

  23. Saw this on the Creative Mondays Blog Hop. I’m always looking out for treats like these, pinned to my Summer Yummies Pinterest board.

  24. These are wonderful! Healthy AND refreshing- can’t beat that. I am featuring them tonight at Treasure Box Tuesday- thank you for linking up with us! 🙂

  25. I can’t wait to make these colorful, for our 4th of July festivities! Strawberry Kiwi is my favorite! Of course, with yummy ingredients like these, I will be making and eating these quite often. Thank you so much for sharing these with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party! I’m pinning and sharing.

  26. Lisa says:

    Those look delicious and that snippet of history was really interesting too. Thanks for sharing – I think the watermelon one would be my fave!

  27. These look yummy! They’d be a huge hit with my girls!

    xoxo
    Lisa

  28. Kimberly says:

    I love this idea! The strawberry kiwi popsicles sound especially delicious! Can’t wait to make some!

  29. Stephanie R says:

    Mmm this looks really good. I need to make some of these for my kids because I bet they would love these, plus they are so much healthier than those sugar packed ones from the store!

  30. Tai East says:

    I will definitely be making these! Thanks for sharing! Be blessed! 🙂

  31. Pam@over50feeling40
    Twitter: over50feeling40
    says:

    Perfect for right now! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  32. Miz Helen says:

    I just love your frozen treat recipes, these look great! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  33. Angie says:

    These popsicles look delightful! Interesting story about their history. Thanks so much for sharing.

  34. But I want one now! It is HOT here in Florida!!! Thanks for teaching me how to do this – Hunter and I will have fun doing this together 🙂

    With a smile, from Tampa, FL Carlyn 🙂

  35. Rach D says:

    These look super refreshing!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

  36. Lisa Ehrman says:

    Wow, they look delicious!!!

  37. These will be great to make with the kids this summer on very hot days to come! Thanks for sharing with us all.

  38. Leslie says:

    These look so refreshing. It’s already 100° here in NC. It’s miserable these would be great in the afternoons.

  39. Angie says:

    The popsicles look so good! I love watermelon popsicles from fresh watermelon. The others look great, too.

  40. Lori says:

    These look so refreshing and delicious! Would you mind sharing them at my link party?

    http://www.thestonybrookhouse.com/2016/06/dishing-it-digging-it-link-party-101.html

  41. Easy, healthy, sweet, cool, and FUN to make with the kids. Sold!

  42. These look amazing and so tasty!

  43. Molly says:

    These all look so yummy

    Mollyx

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