Homemade Popsicles to Beat the Heat
Monday was the official first day of summer, but if you are like me you have been feeling the heat now for a while. I know it’s summertime when I attempt to run outside after 10 AM and both the dog and myself are over it by the first mile. This is generally sometime in early May.
We actually had a nice reprieve from the heat this past weekend. The memories of that are quickly fleeting with the forecast for the remaining weeks– we are looking at temps close to 100 degrees! I am not complaining; please give me the sweltering heat any day of the week over cold and snow. My advice for survival is to find a body of water, i.e. a pool or a lake, and seek shade. Besides that, my only other pearls of wisdom are to keep refreshing snacks on hand and drink plenty of water.
If you are looking for snack inspiration, this past week on Instagram we posted a gorgeous photo of popsicles which are an excellent way to cool down and refresh. They are super easy to make and don’t have to include overly processed ingredients! I can’t take credit for the photo, it goes to our lively intern who is an insta-master (see what I did there?). You can find the molds anywhere; I found some in the dollar bins at target last year, or you can use ice cube trays or paper cups with sticks and just peel away the paper when ready to eat.
Popsicles are so easy to change up if you want to play with the flavors. The base of a popsicle is easy. I like to use solely pureed fruit. You can add a little liquid like any type of milk, yogurt, or even coconut water for different flavors or textures. Most fruits will work well to puree. Certain ones like bananas and avocados will give you a creamy popsicle. Some recipes will call for added sweetener, but I think that this is generally not necessary and that the fruit is sweet enough, unless you are making a lemonade popsicle.
Some fun twists on popsicles would be the addition of herbs like mint or basil, mixed chopped nuts and other mix-ins, or you could even make a green Popsicle by adding spinach, avocado, or cucumber before blending. The only limit on popsicles is your imagination. Here is a recipe for popsicles if you are looking for a starting point. Enjoy!
Strawberry Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles
Yield: Makes 3 cups smoothie mixture, or at least 8-10 Popsicles.
2 cup, diced – watermelon
1 cup, sliced – strawberries
1 kiwi pealed
1 lime – juiced
Directions: Juice and zest the lime. Peel kiwi. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until completely smooth. Pour mixture into Popsicle molds. Freeze at least 3-4 hours, or till solid. Enjoy!
I hope everyone has a nice weekend!