by Mabel Sterritt
When kids hear the ice cream truck breezing down the street, it may be tempting to run out and catch it. But popsicles and ice cream from trucks, while delicious, are high in sugar and fats. Instead of running down the street, pick up some popsicle molds from your local craft store and create your own healthy, nutritious and delicious pops from scratch using one – or all – of these five recipes. Enjoy!
2 cups diet cran-lemonade
24 raspberries, fresh
1. Place 3 raspberries into the bottom of the mold and pour the cran-lemonade over the top of the mold.
2. Place the molds in the freezer for 3 to 5 hours or until they harden completely.
3. When popsicles are ready, remove from freezer and serve.
Yogurt (non-fat vanilla or non-fat strawberry are good to work with, or choose your kid’s favorite)
Assorted thinly sliced fruit, such as peaches, strawberries, nectarines, watermellon
1. Add a small amount of yogurt to cover the bottom of the mold.
2. Begin adding fruit slices to the mold.
3. Continue layering fruit and yogurt over each other until the mold is full.
4. Freeze the molds until popsicles harden completely.
5. Remove and serve with granola or honey on the side for dipping.
Rainbow Pudding Popsicles
2 large boxes vanilla pudding mix
Key Limes, chopped
1. Prepare pudding according to the directions on box. You may need to add more milk to make the pudding easy to pour.
2. Let pudding stand until thick.
3. Divide into 5 equal parts and place one type of fruit in each bowl.
4. Layer each color into the paper cups in the order of the rainbow.
5. Cover with tin foil and insert popsicle sticks.
6. Place in freezer for at least 3 hours until it is completely frozen.
7. When ready, peel off the paper cup to reveal a rainbow pudding pop.
Orange Ice Pops
1 cup orange juice
1 cup oranges, chopped
1 container vanilla yogurt
1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 3 to 5 hours, or until hardened.
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup blackberries or raspberries
1 cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1. Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 3 to 5 hours, until hardened.
Mabel Sterritt is an intern with Boston Parents Paper.