10 Healthy Ice Pop Recipes Perfect for Summer
Does your family love ice pops? They really are the best summer treat! Making ice pops at home is an easy way to enjoy a healthy and refreshing snack. Store bought ice pops are often filled with sugar, added colorings and thickeners, and are expensive. These healthy ice pop recipes from Registered Dietitians will help you get started in making your own ice pops right at home.
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Ice Pops are The Best Summer Treat
Now that it’s officially summer, it’s time to start dreaming of cool summer treats to help you beat the heat on a day out in the sun. For me, it’s all about ice pops! That cool fruity flavor is the absolute best way to help me cool off during these hot months. Ice cream is of course delicious and a fabulous treat in itself, but I find that ice pops are more cooling, they just feel colder to me, even though they both come out of the freezer.
Naturally, my toddler love ice pops too! Since she was a new eater, I’ve been experimenting with different flavors of frozen treats. They were a lifesaver when she was hardcore teething. They help her stay hydrated when it’s really hot out and she refuses to drink water. And they are a great way to save leftover smoothies so they don’t go bad.
Now, you can put just about anything in your homemade ice pops, but a little bit of creativity really does pay off. In my house, we’ve had a few ice pops that were really just destined for the garbage. One time, I used just milk and a few whole blueberries, and it was really not good, no flavor at all.
To help you make your own delicious, easy and healthy ice pops, I’ve got 10 amazing recipes from some of the best Registered Dietitians I know. Plus, all the tips and tricks you need to make your ice pops the best treats of summer!
What Makes a Healthy Ice Pop?
Just because an ice pop is a fun summertime treat doesn’t meal it can’t be healthy too!
When looking for ice pop recipes or shopping at the store, ask these questions to make a healthy choice:
Does it contain real fruit?
Not all ice pops contain real fruit. Some contain just fruit juice, or artificial flavorings. Choose ice pops made with real fruit to get all the nutrition that comes in those fruits: the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Is there added sugar?
Many ice pops, even those made with real fruit, also contain quite a bit of added sugar. Choose ice pops with little to no added sugar. The natural sugar from the fruit is plenty sweet to make a delicious frozen treat.
Does it have any protein?
Most ice pops won’t have any protein since they are just made out of fruit. Not that protein will necessarily make an ice pop healthy, but it will help fill you up. So if you’re looking for your ice pop to taste good and fill you up for a long time, look for a pop with some added protein. There are many options available now with yogurt, which can have a nice amount of protein.
The Best Ice Pop Molds To Use At Home
If you want to make your own ice pops at home, there are so many fun molds available! Here are links to some of my favorite molds, but look around and see what’s the most exciting for your family.
Of course, you can always go the classic route and use a paper Dixie cup and wooden popsicle stick! No matter what fun shape you use, your homemade ice pops will taste amazing!
10 Healthy Ice Pop Recipes from Registered Dietitians
Making your own ice pops is easy, quick, and let’s you be as creative as you want! Here is a small collection of 10 delicious and healthy ice pop recipes, all from Registered Dietitians!
Summer Strawberry Popsicles by The Domestic Dietitian
Vegan Blackberry Vanilla Protein Pops by Chelsea Dishes
Red White and Blue Popsicles by Nourish Nutrition Co
Golden Milk Popsicles by Food Pleasure and Health
No Added Sugar Orange Creamsicles by Milk & Honey Nutrition
6 Ingredient Frozen Banana Split Pops by Sinful Nutrition
Wild Blueberry Coconut Yogurt Pops by Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Refreshing Real Fruit Popsicles for Kids (and grownups, too!) by Crystal Karges Nutrition
Tropical Coconut Milk Popsicles by Ashley Munro Nutrition
Strawberry Pineapple Ice Pops by Toby Amidor Nutrition