9 Healthier Summer Popsicle Recipes

9 Healthier Summer Popsicle Recipes

We’re skipping the ice cream truck and going straight for the ice pops this summer! Just remember: Not all popsicles are created equal. Store-bought treats can pack a significant amount of added sugar, not to mention artificial colors and preservatives. These nine homemade popsicles nix the hard-to-pronounce stuff and get their natural sweetness from nutritious fruit and honey. Plus, DIY popsicles require only a few ingredients, so they’re cheap and easy to make. You’ll probably get impatient waiting for your pops to freeze, but trust us: These suckers are worth the wait!

Berry Pops – Fit Fun Delish

1. Berry Pops
These striped berry pops are sure to please on a hot day. A dash of honey complements the creamy flavor of protein-packed Greek yogurt. Blueberries and raspberries are rich sources of heart-healthy antioxidants and minerals. Photo and Recipe: Ana / Fit Fun Delish

Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles – Chocolate Covered Katie

2. Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles
Craving chocolate? Indulge in these guilt-free fudgesicles without the high-fructose corn syrup found in most store-bought varieties. Potassium-rich bananas also sneak in some fiber. These fudgesicles get their creaminess from full-fat coconut milk, but for a more slimmed-down recipe, try low-fat milk or light coconut milk instead. Photo and Recipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie

Ginger Peach Pops – Oh My Veggies

3. Ginger-Peach Popsicles
Opposites attract in this refreshing blend of spicy ginger and sweet peach. Aromatic ginger is believed to sooth intestinal distress, reduce nausea, and possibly ease arthritis. Ginger for the win! Photo and Recipe: Kiersten / Oh My Veggies

Mojito Popsicles

4. Boozy Mojito Popsicles
Cool down your cocktail by turning it into a 30-calorie pop! Packed with lime juice and club soda, these light and refreshing frozen treats will please party guests and dieting friends alike. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life By DailyBurn 

Cherry Lime Pops with Honey – Sweet Remedy

5. Cherry-Lime Popsicles
Look no further for a sub-LIME-ly delish popsicle recipe that requires just four antioxidant-packed ingredients. Bonus: Cherries are high in vitamin A and C, and might even help you sleep. Sounds about perfect for an after-dinner dessert to us! Photo and Recipe: Samantha Seeley / Sweet Remedy

Frozen Fruit Pops – Skinnytaste

6. Frozen Fruit Pops
The texture of diced fruit in this recipe will hold a craft stick in place, meaning you don’t need a fancy popsicle mold to make these simple pops. Diced kiwi, watermelon, strawberries and pineapple make a healthy yet sweet rainbow of color. Photo and Recipe: Gina / Skinnytaste

PBJ Popsicles

7. Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles 
Need to fuel up and cool down after a tough workout? This inventive frozen treat has eight grams of protein and three grams of fiber to replenish your energy. It’s got all the flavors of a PB&J sammie without the carbs. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life By DailyBurn 

Watermelon Smoothie – Family Fresh Cooking

8. Watermelon Smoothie Pops
Think smoothies on a stick. These watermelon smoothie pops blend protein-packed Greek yogurt, watermelon and stevia for a tart and tangy summer treat. High in vitamin C, watermelons are also a good source of lycopene, an inflammation-fighting antioxidant. Eat up! Photo and Recipe: Marla Meridith / Family Fresh Cooking

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Strawberry Banana Popsicles – Bless This Mess Please

9. Strawberry-Banana Popsicles
Ripe bananas and strawberries steal the show in this recipe. A great source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C, these fruit-filled pops are just what the doctor ordered — with a duo of flavors we’ve come to know and love. Photo and Recipe: Melissa Griffiths / Bless This Mess Please

Originally posted on July 27, 2013.