I have an outrageous weakness for frozen treats in the summer. It doesn’t really matter what kind of treat, as long as it’s cold and delicious. Ice pops are especially fun. However, I recently cut out processed sugar, which seriously limits the icy treats that I can buy. With temperatures rising I decided to create a bucket list of healthy popsicles that I can try out this summer. That way I can still keep cool with something from the freezer without actually spending the money or the health sacrifices to get there.
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Many of the healthy popsicles I’ve included use a nutrient-powerhouse ingredient in the recipe. You’ll find everything from kefir to kale as well as some superfoods that I haven’t even tried myself (yet)! Some of these recipes do include honey or maple or agave syrup, which you can choose to reduce or eliminate if that best fits your goals. Not one of these recipes includes processed sugars, preservatives, or artificial colouring.
If you don’t have a popsicle mold I recommend looking for a metal one such as this stainles steel one. I also think a silicon tray would be super convenient. I have used plastic ones in the past, but they always break or crack. Besides, I’m not keen on putting my food in plastic, especially where it involves extreme temperatures.
Healthy popsicles to try this summer
Chia and coconut—what could go wrong? Nothing, actually. And that is precisely why I will be making this recipe this summer.
Umm. Yum. Blueberries! And matcha! And other fabulous nutritious ingredients that make these popsicles a must for this summer. They would take an extra step to roast the blueberries, but these pops look like they’re worth every extra second.
I have been fascinated by these healthy popsicles since I first came across this recipe. Spirulina will be a new ingredient for me, but I can’t wait to explore this intriguing superfood. The recipe also includes baobab powder, so it’s extra nutritious. Plus, aren’t they pretty?
This list really needed a delicious, smooth chocolate-y treat, and these ones look so good!
I really wanted to include a kefir recipe in this bucket list, and this is the one! It is healthy in so many other ways as well, as evidenced by the simple ingredient list. (If you don’t have kefir you can substitute yogurt.)
This recipe is on the top of my list because it includes a few different ingredients from the others on this list. Plus, I have been loving matcha in everything since I bought this one ounce tin of it.
This recipe is an easy one, but has the sophisticated twist of adding chili. It also might be a good way to keep your kids out of your popsicles.
These are extra healthy as they include kale, which gives them their rich green colour. We grow lots of kale, so a version of these ice pops should be easy for me to check off this summer.
Yay for kombucha! (If you don’t already make it you can find my kombucha making guide for lazy beginners.) The combination of kombucha with blueberries will make for a downright delicious frozen ice pop.
So in addition to the limes these creamy pops include an extra super-food ingredient. My guess is you’ll want to keep the sweetener in this recipe to balance out the tartness from the limes.
Ok, so the name of these healthy popsicles is a mouthful. But, it’s because they would add up to a mouthful of delicious. All those things go together like a dream, am I right?
It doesn’t get much simpler, or healthier, than these. The recipe calls for only three ingredients. They’re also pretty to look at with the whole berries.
This recipe is very easy! It would take only minutes to whip it up. I am mostly including it, however, because it has collagen. This is another “superfood” that I am excited to explore this season.
Don’t have popsicle molds, but still want to join the fun? These pops are super easy and don’t require anything fancy at all, just a few popsicle sticks. In fact, you probably have everything you need in your kitchen right now. So go make them!