DIY: Healthy Popsicles

watermelon bites

It’s the middle of summer and the heat is on full blast (and so is your air conditioner). A popsicle is the way to go if you’re looking to cool down. But instead of going out to the grocery store and picking out a frozen form of high fructose corn syrup, try doing it yourself and making healthy popsicles that you won’t regret later.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Freezes

These sweet-tart popsicles are great for a hot picnic or cooling dessert. Dark chocolate and raspberries are are high in antioxidants and are known to fight heart disease. Blend ¼ cup dark chocolate into 1 cup raspberries and 1 cup greek yogurt. Add raw honey to sweeten. Dish into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.

Dark Chocolate Kiwi Pops

This one’s easy. All you have to do is slice kiwi fruit into bite-size pieces, put them on a popsicle stick, dip them in molten dark chocolate, and freeze. These pops will knock your ice cream man’s socks off. They’re super healthy and everyone loves them. The dark chocolate and kiwi combination lowers blood sugar and builds beautiful skin.

Watermelon Ice-Cubes

Who doesn’t love cold lemonade on a hot day. But ice-cubes melting in the glass waters down those sweet n’ sour sips. Try pureeing a small watermelon (without the rinds, of course), mint leaves, and 1 teaspoon agave. Then freeze overnight in an ice-cube tray and add to your lemonade. Watermelon has a surprising amount of antioxidants, vitamin A and C, and can lower blood pressure. Agave nectar is a natural sweetener that is healthier than normal sugar. Together, they boost the immune system and fight harmful bacteria in your body.

Vanilla Peach Popsicles

Peaches are in this month, so why not use fresh, ripe peaches in your next popsicle? Fiber, vitamin C, and potassium in peaches promotes heart health and healthy skin and hair. Blend together 3 medium, pitted peaches, ⅓ cup organic orange juice, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract. Add a small amount of stevia if you want it to be more sweet. Chop another peach and add the pieces into your mix. You can also add greek yogurt to the mix for a creamier consistency. Distribute the mix into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.

3 Firecracker-Hot 4th of July Appetizers

Hamburgers and hot dogs usually take center stage at Fourth of July barbecues, but these bite-sized healthy Fourth of July appetizers pack enough heat to outshine anything on the grill!

Watermelon bites, fourth of july recipe

Icy-Hot Watermelon Bites

These are easy to make a day ahead of time. You need:

  • Watermelon, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • Mandarin oranges, sliced
  • Sweet Thai chili sauce
  • Skewers

Drizzle sweet Thai chili sauce lightly over the mandarin oranges to give the cool watermelon a delicious kick!

Radish chorizo baguette appetizers, fourth of july recipes

Red, White & Spicy Toasts

Thin slices of chorizo and marmalade combine heat with sweet. You need:

  • A baguette, sliced thin
  • Marmalade
  • Radishes, sliced very thin
  • Cooked chorizo sausage, sliced very thin
  • Fresh pea sprouts or micro-greens for garnish

Fourth of july appetizer recipes, easy

Caprese Salad Skewers

These are one of my favorite party appetizers. Simply skewer mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil drizzled with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar!