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10 DIY popsicles that are as surprisingly healthy as they are delicious

If you thought popsicles were just a summer treat, think again. These delicious recipes are sure to satisfy any time of the year, and some will even boost your health. If you’re going to eat a popsicle, skip the store-bought variety and whip these up in the comfort of your home. They not only taste better than anything you’ll find on a shelf, but they also won’t leave you feeling guilty when you go for seconds.

1) Power Smoothie Striped Popsicles

This recipe not only looks beautiful, it’s also jam packed with goodness! Chia and flax seeds are an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3’s, and the wheat germ and banana will help kick your potassium intake up a notch.

Yield: 10 popsicles

Ingredient suggestions:
Choose six of the following for the different layers in your popsicles. All ingredients should be cold to start with.

  • 1/2 cup yogurt, thinned with milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup spinach, kale or wheatgrass juice
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup berry juice or puree
  • 1/2 cup orange or grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup celery juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice or puree
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds

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2) Sunshine Beet Popsicles

These delicious popsicles are full of immune-boosting vitamin C from the beets and oranges, and the carrots are a great source of fiber. As a bonus, carrots are also rich in vitamin A, which plays a vital role in bone and reproductive health.

Yield: 6-8 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 2 golden beets
  • 3 oranges
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 heaping cup raspberries

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3) Chia Seed Nectarine Popsicles

Unsweetened almond milk is an ideal substitute if you’re lactose intolerant, but it also contains essential minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium. Plus, it contains up to 50 percent fewer calories than traditional cow’s milk.

Yields: 6-8 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 400 milliliters almond milk
  • 2 nectarines, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

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4) Avocado Fudge Popsicles

Avocado? In a popsicle? Trust us on this one. Avocado is extremely versatile and can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. In this popsicle, its creamy texture complements the full flavor of the coconut milk and will leave you feeling satisfied.

Yields: 10 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces Hass avocado flesh, pit removed
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk

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5) Agua Fresca Popsicles

Coconut water is naturally refreshing and is a great source of electrolytes. Whip a batch of these up on a hot day, or snack on one when you’re feeling dehydrated. Feel free to play around with different fruit combinations depending on what’s in season!

Yields: 6-8 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped fresh fruit of your choice (mango, papaya, pineapple, watermelon, honeydew, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or a mix of berries)
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)

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6) Almond Butter Banana Popsicles

Almond butter isn’t only a great source of vitamin E, it is also a great plant-based source of protein. Just 1/4 a cup of almonds provides 5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and over 90 milligrams of calcium.

Yields: 8-10 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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7) Papaya, Coconut and Citrus Popsicles

Papaya has many surprising benefits including aiding digestion and improving the immune system. It’s also a good source of carotenes, vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, and nutrients that are beneficial for digestive health.

Yields: 10 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped papaya
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar (optional)
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 2 limes
  • juice of 1 orange
  • pinch of salt (optional)

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8) Raspberry Vanilla Coconut Chia Popsicles

This decadent popsicle is made with coconut milk, which naturally contains fat, which will help you feel full, satisfied and content with just one. Plus, raspberries have anti-inflammatory properties and are touted as an anti-aging berry.

Yields: 4 popsicles

Ingredients:

Popsicles:

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped frozen raspberries

Raw Chocolate:

  • 1/2 cup raw cacao butter
  • 2 tablespoons raw agave syrup
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder

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9) Creamy Lime Popsicles

Just like lemons, limes are high in vitamin C and can help protect against conditions such as scurvy. Eating limes also can help improve your skin due to their antibiotic and disinfectant properties. Did you know? Smelling a lime will cause your mouth to water, and this can aid in primary digestion.

Yields: 5-6 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 to 1 cup spinach
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime

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10) Tropical Turmeric Popsicles

Turmeric has been used for many centuries as a medicinal herb. Its main active ingredient is curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is thought to protect against chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

Yields: 6 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of chopped pineapple (about ¾ of a fresh pineapple)
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 sliced kiwi

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Get 10 delicious and healthy popsicles you can make on a hot summer day guilt-free.