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Frozen Treats for Summer

Our food guru tells you how to make healthy, fun popsicles for summer.

When I was younger, one of my favorite warm weather activities was making popsicles. They are so easy to make, and with my childhood imagination I make popsicles out of about anything you can freeze. As years passed I ended up forgetting about this summer tradition.

Then, the other day I was walking through Walmart and I saw a popsicle tray. I probably reacted the way that most 5-year-olds do when they see them same thing (squealing, jumping up and down, the whole nine yards.). I threw the tray into my cart so quickly that one would think that it was a Black Friday and I was purchasing a new electronic.

So in light of my again found childhood fun, I encourage you to make popsicles with your family this spring and summer. Most are so simple to make. The hardest part is waiting on them to freeze.


TRADITIONAL POPSICLES

You'll need:
2 Kool-Aid packets - Any Flavor
Water
2 Quart Pitcher
Popsicle Tray
Tooth Picks or Popsicle sticks
Plastic Warp

  
Pour both Kool-Aid packets, any flavor you wish, into the 2 Quart pitcher. Add water to the pitcher with the Kool-Aid mix up to the two Quart level. Stir until the Kool-Aid mix is dissolved. Fill the Popsicle tray 3/4 full with the Kool-Aid. Remember the Kool-Aid will expand when frozen and will finish the other 1/4 of the Popsicle tray. Insert the tops with sticking onto the Popsicle Tray. Freeze the Popsicles for about four hours or until frozen solid. When removing the Popsicles from the tray, you can dip the tray into warm water to make the Popsicle easier to remove.
 
ORANGE- BANANA SMOOTHIE POPS

1 container (7-ounce) Greek yogurt
2/3 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
2 large bananas
Zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Puree one Greek yogurt, thawed orange juice concentrate, bananas, lime zest, and fresh lime juice in a blender. To freeze, follow the directions above.


CREAMY STRAWBERRY POPS

Strawberries (16 oz)
1/2 cup frozen coconut shavings
1 1/2 cup French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
1/2 cup milk

Blend and freeze.

THREE BERRY POPS

2/3 cup sugar
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup raspberries
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
 
Put sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to boil over high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Set aside. Combine blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and lemon juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Add 1/3 cup simple syrup and blend just until combined. Freeze.

KELLI May 01, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Those frozen treats sound delicious. I have a simple one for you. Frozen grapes. I prefer the red seedless. Just remove grapes from twigs, rinse, pat dry or let air dry and freeze inside a glass or plastic baggie or container. When ready to eat - take from freezer, eat and enjoy. Simple and a wonderful summer treat.
Jessie Gable May 01, 2011 at 07:57 PM
I like these ideas. I'm completely and totally cooking inept, so this is great! Thanks!
Pablo July 28, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Ah, summer memories. I think I'll start a new tradition and add in a cooler (or lunch pail) with ice and have the kids go up a trail with me. We just got our bikes from http://www.2wheelbikes.com/, so it'll be a good time to get out there and get active.
Chris May 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM
This is a really cool article, i love riding my bike from http://www.bikesxpress.com and the recipe sounds so good.

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