Let the ice cream seller drive by!
Summertime is to be outside and have fun in the sun! But after an hour or two outside in the heat, it’s usually time to cool off! And while a dip in the lake, ocean, or pool can help, nothing beats a sweet, ice-cold treat. Instead of running out into the street when you hear the ice cream vendor’s jingling, learn how to make healthy sock lollies instead! These delicious homemade ice cubes reduce sugar, fat, and calories by retaining them au nature.
Naturally sweetened treats that are great for a flat stomach
Fruit and water: that’s it. Seriously, that’s all you need! Of course, choosing which fruits to use is the hard part. Fortunately, you can create as many combinations as you want. It’s up to you, but we have some tasty recommendations:
- Try ripe bananas with blueberries or strawberries, or both.
- Mix up some pineapple pieces and kiwi slices for your popsicle.
- The sweetness of peaches goes perfectly with tart raspberries.
- Apples and oranges go very well together.
- And my personal favorite: watermelon, blackberries and a pinch of fresh basil.
Pretty much any combination of fruits you use will leave you with fewer than 100 calories per treat. You can’t beat that, right?
Make these healthy sorbet on a stick
Once you’ve decided on your fruit combinations, the rest of the process is incredibly easy. Put two and a half cups of fruit in a blender and add two cups of water. Save some chopped, sliced, or diced fruit for the finishing touches. Then blend the mixture until it has a smooth consistency (or a consistency to your liking).
If you have popsicle molds, divide the mixture evenly between the molds. Small paper cups work in place of popsicles, and you’ll just peel the paper off after freezing. Whether you’re using popsicles or paper cups, leave about half an inch of space on top of the molds.
Before putting the popsicle in the freezer, add some of the remaining unmixed fruit to give texture. Then put a popsicle in there and stick these flavorful summer treats in the freezer for about four hours or until they are frozen solid.
The perfect dessert for every summer occasion
From lazy summer days to garden barbecues, Christmas parties, and birthday parties, these healthy sorbet pops are going to be a hit. They cool you down and satisfy your sweet cravings in a healthy and natural way.
You can even customize the colors to match the holiday or birthday party theme! Fourth of July? Puree the strawberries and place a few whole blueberries on the molds. A princess theme party? Use fruits that match the princess dress!
When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, there is no better indulgence. But hey, they’re also great for rainy summer days indoors!
- 2 1/2 cups mixed fruit sliced, try to mix and match any fruit of your choice (apples, bananas, strawberries, watermelon, kiwi, etc.)
- 2 cups water
Mix 2 cups of fruit and water until smooth
Pour into popsicle molds or tall cups and let it rise about half an inch
Place the rest of the cut fruit in each popsicle tin
Place a popsicle in each shape and freeze for 4 hours or until it hardens
Take out of the freezer and carefully remove popsicles
SmartPoints (freestyle): 5
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