This summer we can officially say that we experienced two heat waves - one during the 4th of July holiday and one this week (and still going strong). With little ones who love to run around indoors and out, I make a point to keep them hydrated with liquids. While I would prefer water over sugary juices, I do make an exceptional when I give them Popsicles. Come on, what is summer without frozen treats, especially when they are homemade Popsicles? I used to love making Popsicles with a Dixie cup and wooden Popsicle stick when I was a child, with my favorite juice. But, as I got older, freezing concentrated juice was replaced by blending fresh fruits with yogurt, etc. to make a tasty frozen treat. :-) And, now that I have little ones of my own, I love being able to get in the kitchen and trying out new recipes, including homemade Popsicles.
The other day, the folks at eMeals, a service, which helps simplify your busy schedule when ti comes to meal planning and prep by sending you a weekly email with a grocery shopping list and easy to prepare recipes, sent along a few of their favorite homemade Popsicle recipes for me to try, and share with you. I ended up going grocery shopping yesterday and picked up the ingredients to try all three. And, once Savannah and Arabella get up later today, we will be making and freezing these frozen treats, to enjoy come this weekend. :-)
These are the Popsicles we will be making, in case you want to give them a try, too:
1 container (7-ounce) Greek yogurt
2/3 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
1-tablespoon lime juice
1. Puree one Greek yogurt, thawed orange juice concentrate, bananas, and limejuice in a blender.
2. Pour into your mold of choice. To release pops, dip molds into hot water until pops loosen and slide out. If using cups, peel away paper.
Simple Watermelon Pops:
4 cups watermelon, seeds removed, cubed
Puree Watermelon in a blender. Pour into your choice of mold and freeze until hardened.
Yummy Strawberry Freeze Pops
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1-cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Puree the ingredients in a blender. Pour into your choice of mold and freeze until hardened.
*The above three Popsicle recipes were provided to me from eMeals, to share on my site.
Do you have any favorite homemade Popsicle recipes you like to make during the hot summer months? If so, I would love to hear about them, so that I can try them out with the girls. :-) Leave me a comment with your favorite homemade Popsicle recipes below. And, if you get a chance to try any of the above Popsicle recipes from eMeals, I would love to hear what you thought of them, too.
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