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4 Healthy ice pops to keep you cool without wrecking your diet

I started Eat Make Celebrate in the winter 2014. Prior to that I was Creative Director of Sugar and Plumm and NYC based bistro, bakery and chocolate shop.

Healthier homemade ice pops you'll want to eat all summer long

Ice pops are ice cream's less-fussy and super-tasty cousin. I love homemade ice cream, but there is something so refreshing about an ice pop on a hot summer day. Almost any juice or smoothie makes a delicious frozen treat, and here are a few of my favorites.

Using fresh ingredients makes classic flavors come alive. Hope you enjoy these as much as I did. The yield will depend on your ice pop mold; I made eight ice pops in my mold. Keep cool!

1. Kiwi lemonade and strawberry pops recipe

Healthier homemade ice pops you'll want to eat all summer long

Ingredients:

  • 3 kiwis
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 3-5 strawberries

Directions:

  1. Start by juicing the kiwis for the lemonade. If you don't have a juicer, just puree the kiwis and then strain them. I left the seeds in but you can strain them out if you'd like.
  2. Mix the sugar and lemon juice. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the water and the kiwi juice to the lemon mixture. Pour the kiwi lemonade into the ice pop molds.
  4. Thinly slice the strawberries and add a few slices to each ice pop.
  5. Freeze.

2. Breakfast ice pop (Greek yogurt and berry pops) recipe

Healthier homemade ice pops you'll want to eat all summer long

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup berries (I used strawberries and raspberries)
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice (or any citrus)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl muddle the berries, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and the grapefruit juice. The berries should break down pretty quickly because of the citrus. Let the mixture sit together while you get the rest of the ingredients ready.
  2. Mix the yogurt, coconut water and the remaining honey and vanilla. If the yogurt is really thick you can thin it a bit more with a few tablespoons of water or coconut water.
  3. Pour the berry mixture and yogurt into the ice pop molds; I like to pour them in separately and then give them a quick stir to create berry streaks.
  4. Freeze.

3. Chai latte ice pop recipe

Healthier homemade ice pops you'll want to eat all summer long

Making your own chai blend is simple and really tasty. If you'd rather, you can use chai tea mix and combine the recommended amount of chai blend with the milk, water and half-and-half.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon cardamom pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 4 tablespoons black tea
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups water

Directions:

  1. Make the chai tea by combining the spices, vanilla, black tea, honey, sugar and milk and 1 cup of water in a sauce pan. Bring the liquid to a simmer and then turn off the heat. Allow the mixture to steep for an additional 15-30 minutes. Strain out the spices and tea.
  2. Add the half-and-half and remaining cup of water to the tea mixture.
  3. Freeze.

4. Matcha green tea and ginger pops with cherries recipe

Healthier homemade ice pops you'll want to eat all summer long

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 10 cherries (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 cup of the coconut water to a simmer. Dissolve the matcha green tea powder and the honey in the hot coconut water.
  2. Add the rest of the coconut water, coconut milk and fresh ginger.
  3. Pit the cherries and cut them in half.
  4. Pour the green tea liquid into the ice pop molds and add a few cherries to each ice pop.
  5. Freeze.

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