Fresh Strawberries and homemade lemonade are the star in these refreshing homemade summer popsicles that also double as healthy wellness treats!
I have discovered a new passion for popsicles! Growing up, in the heat of summer, no air-conditioning, fans and a blow-up swimming pool, I looked forward to the rescuing chill of a popsicle on a hot summer day.
They made your lips freeze, your tongue turn colors (lots of dye), and they were oh so sugary sweet… sugar water sweet, that is. All the same, summer seemed all the sweeter because of them.
Fast forward to the 21st century where we’ve all became health gurus. Those popsicles I grew up with, suddenly looked like poison! In fact, I would swear that the sales of such popsicles, declined if not disappeared, replaced instead by a surge in healthy popsicle choices.
Then, one day I found a homemade popsicle mold in the store. Make my own? My imagination went wild with possibilities and suddenly I became the family’s popsicle making queen!
You name it, I found ways to turn it into a popsicle, including the perfect remedy for winter cold and flu season with my Wellness Popsicle!
Strawberries And Lemons For Summer
It seems we go through much of fall and winter, limited to bananas, apples and grapes. Don’t get me wrong, I devour all three of them all year anyway, but summer… Mmmmmmm!
Juicy, sun ripened, vitamin packed fruits are in such abundance that I find myself eating a choice of numerous selections, throughout the day.
We kick off spring with strawberries, lots and lots of strawberries, but by the time we reach mid summer it seems the strawberries get pushed to the side when all the other summer show-off’s arrive.
For this reason, I created one of my very favorite popsicles, loaded with hidden health properties, to both hydrate and nourish throughout the hottest days of summer.
Strawberries as you can imagine, are about 90% water, which makes them a great hydrating food. Vitamin C is a given (great for protecting skin from much sun exposure), for most fruits anyway but these pretty little berries are also loaded with fiber and aid in putting healthy friendly bacteria in your gut, which is a good thing to combat those more-than-usual fried summertime dishes you will be eating.
Popsiclesare a brilliant way to puree a huge batch of sun ripened strawberries, and make them into something refreshing, healthy and delicious to eat throughout summer’s heat.
Since strawberries are sweet, all by themselves, very little sugar, if any, is needed to add to these popsicles. Honey, agave or stevia can also be added when making the puree to freeze into popsicles, but just taste the batch of strawberries you purchased, to see if they are sweet enough not to add any extra sweeteners.
More vitamin C? Absolutely! Days are longer in summertime, therefore we are more active for longer periods of time throughout the day’s light. This can sometimes add a little extra stress on the body.
Lemons are loaded with antioxidants which will help to detoxify your blood and boost your immune system. Drinking lots of lemon water also promotes healthy kidneys, and you know darn well with the extra cold beers and longer than usual cocktail hours spent poolside or at the beach, those kidneys are going to need some help!
Given these very important health reasons to be eating strawberries and drinking lemon water, I decided to make my Healthy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles out of both crushed strawberries and Homemade Lemon Aid.
I prefer to be the one deciding how much sugar goes into my body when I eat sweet things! The combination of sweet strawberries and refreshing tart lemonade, makes these popsicles my absolute favorite all summer!
Desserts throughout summer are such a healthy contrast to wintertime desserts. Cakes, custards and cookies; that hunger for sweet carbs during winter is really the body’s way of saying ‘hug me, I’m cold’! Yet in summer, when we get a sweet tooth, we are most satisfied with a dessert that is loaded with fruit.
Making these healthy Strawberry Lemonade popsicles in summer for the kids is the best dessert you can give them, for all the reasons mentioned above, but how about the adults?
Are these satisfying enough for an adult’s sweet tooth? Absolutely! Throw a little Strawberry or Limoncello liquor into the puree, and you’ve got yourself a very adult dessert! Just be careful not to mix-up your popsicles from the kiddies popsicles!!
Absolutely! Now that you’ve bought a popsicle mold, you will want to try these as well:
- Blueberry and Yogurt Popsicles
- Garden Lavender and Blueberry Popsicles
- Almond Espresso Chocolate Popsicles
- Mocha Latte Popsicles
- Wellness Popsicles
How To Make Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
Homemade lemonade couldn’t be simpler to make. Simply squeeze the juice from a bunch of lemons into a pot, a few lemon rinds and enough sugar, honey, agave or stevia to suit your taste. Simmer a few minutes to dissolve the sweetness and extract a bit of the lemon oil from the rinds. Strain and cool and you’ve got lemonade!
When making these popsicles simply chop a bunch of fresh strawberries and place them into the popsicle mold you will be using. Slowly pour in the lemonade, freeze and there you have a perfect summer popsicle!
- Popsicle molds with sticks
- Cutting board
- Chopping knife
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle RecipeDifficulty: Easy
Strawberries – 1 cup, cut into thin slivers
Homemade Lemonade – 2 cups (or store bought)
- Divide the thinly slivered strawberries into the popsicle molds. Pour an even amount of lemonade into each mold. Place the tops and sticks on, and pop into the freezer. If you (or your little ones), prefer not to bite into frozen fruit, you can puree the strawberries, mix them into the lemonade, then pour into the molds.
- Freeze for at least 6 hours, though they are better if overnight. Once these are frozen solid, they can be removed from the popsicle molds and stored in airtight zip bags. The popsicles will store in the freeze for many months. Your mold is now empty and ready for many other variations of popsicle mixtures.
- For a Great Cocktail, toss the frozen lemonade and strawberry mix into a blender, add vodka, tequila or rum, give a whirl and you have a fantastic summer cocktail!