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OR Today Recipe: Homemade Fruit Popsicles

What’s better on a hot summer day than a fruity, icy treat? Only one thing: A fruity, icy treat that you can make with a few ingredients at home for a healthier, lower-sugar version of your store-bought favorites. Just puree fruit and a few other ingredients to add flavor, and voila! One of your daily servings of fruit has just debuted as dessert. Below, I’ve shared two of my favorite versions, but these popsicles let you get creative. Try a few of your favorite fruits mixed together, or add yogurt for a creamy consistency. I prefer using emptied and washed out yogurt cups to the traditional popsicle mold. Paper cups also work well, as they can be simply peeled back once the pops are frozen.

STRAWBERRY-KIWI-LIME POPSICLES

INGREDIENTS:
1 1 16 oz. bag
frozen strawberries
3 kiwis, peeled and sliced • Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. water

DIRECTIONS:
Thaw strawberries in a colander in the sink. To speed up the process, rinse with warm water. Add strawberries, kiwi slices, lime juice, honey and water to blender; blend until smooth. Pour into washed and dried yogurt cups and place on a flat surface in the freezer. After an hour of freezing time, insert popsicle sticks to just below the bottom of the cups. Freeze overnight. Makes 6 pops.

NUTRITION FACTS
Calories: 71
Total fat: 0 g
Total Carbohydrates: 18.3 g Dietary fiber: 2.7 g sugars: 13.7 g
vitamin C: 106 %

SPICY MANGO-LIME POPSICLES

INGREDIENTS:
1 16 oz. bag frozen mango chunks
• Juice of 2 limes
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. water
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Thaw mango chunks in a colander in the sink. To speed up the process, rinse with warm water. Add mango, lime juice, honey and water to blender; blend until smooth. Pour into washed and dried yogurt cups and place on a flat surface in the freezer. After an hour of freezing time, insert popsicle sticks to just below the bottom of the cups. Freeze overnight. Makes 5 pops.

NUTRITION FACTS
Calories: 83
Total fat: 0 g
Total Carbohydrates: 22.4 g sugars: 19.7 g
vitamin C: 42%

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