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Healthy Frozen Fruit Pops: Three Ways

Overhead shot of three flavors of frozen fruit pops arranged on a tray of crushed ice, surrounded by fruit
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Plant-Based, Gluten-Free

3 hours, 30 minutes

Embracing the summer heat and humidity is easier with healthy frozen fruit pops in hand. Choose from blueberry lemonade, cucumber cantaloupe, or watermelon mint the next time you need to cool off.

Holy guacamole, is it hot here, guys! I’ve lived here in the Midwest my entire life, and I’m still never quite prepared for the heat and humidity that shows up every summer. But even heat indices in the triple digits don’t stop me from heading outside and spending time in the garden, working outside, or just reading on the porch under the fans. Daily outdoor time is vital to my health (Mama needs her Vitamin D!) and my sanity, and beyond that, I believe life is just too darn short to let some pesky humidity trap you inside for months on end! So I strap on a sundress, put on my big floppy hat, and try to actively enjoy the hot weather. Not just endure it. Not just ride it out—actually fill my heart with gratitude for the hot and humid weather.

Ingredients for Frozen Fruit Pops arranged on a white background -- watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, blueberries, lemons, and limes

It’s not always easy (like when I’ve sweat through my third outfit of the day), but approaching life’s little annoyances with gratitude can be so incredibly rewarding. One method I use to find gratitude for the heat is to think of all the things I enjoy that I wouldn’t be doing if it was January. Like going to the beach with my kid. Or harvesting fresh basil from my garden for a salad. Or making cool and healthy treats like these frozen fruit pops! The hot weather doesn’t seem so bad with a cool fruit pop in hand. Another thing that fills me with gratitude for our warm weather? Local produce out the wazoo! Our garden is producing overtime (anyone want some zucchini?) and what I can’t pick fresh in my backyard, I just head to my local Meijer store to pick up. Meijer focuses on stocking their produce section with local Midwestern produce first. The folks at Meijer are passionate about uplifting small family farms here in the Midwest—and you can see evidence of it when you walk into the produce section in the summertime.

Produce signs from a Meijer store Grocery store display of berries

In these healthy frozen fruit pops, I focused on using locally-grown produce from right here in the Midwest that I picked up at my local Meijer store. I hope one of these flavors helps you find the gratitude in the dog days of summer! Enjoy.

Blueberry Lemonade Frozen Fruit Pop

Blueberry Lemonade Frozen Fruit Pops on a bed of crushed ice, surrounded by blueberries and a cut lemon
Using fresh Michigan blueberries from Meijer, lots of fresh lemon juice and zest, and just a hint of honey to add sweetness, these tart and fruity popsicles are refreshing on even the hottest Midwestern summer afternoon.

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Blueberry Lemonade Frozen Fruit Pops on a bed of crushed ice, surrounded by blueberries and a cut lemon

Blueberry Lemonade Frozen Fruit Pops


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 fruit pops (about 1/3 cup per pop)
  • Category: Dessert

Description

These Blueberry Lemonade Frozen Fruit Pops are for the sweet-tart lovers, and will keep you cool in the hottest part of summer.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish (Michigan blueberries ideal)
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons (about 1/4 cup juice and 1 tablespoon zest)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Ice pop molds and sticks

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a wide-mouth jar.
  2. Using an immersion blender, blend until the mixture is very smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into ice pop molds. Drop in extra whole blueberries for garnish, if desired. Freeze on a flat surface for an hour, remove, add in the ice pop sticks, then return to freezer. Freeze for an additional 2-3 hours, or until frozen solid.

Notes

  • Because of the small volume of the fruit pop mixture, it’s best to use an immersion blender here instead of your big blender or a food processor.

Keywords: dessert, frozen, blueberry, lemon, citrus, popsicles

Cucumber Cantaloupe Frozen Fruit Pop

Cucumber Cantaloupe Frozen Fruit Pops on a bed of crushed ice, surrounded by melon, cucumber slices, and half a lime
You might think Indiana is all about the corn, but us Hoosiers know that the real star crops here are our cantaloupes and watermelon! You can’t beat a perfectly ripe cantaloupe grown here in Southern Indiana, and these healthy frozen fruit pops use cantaloupe grown at Melon Acres Farm in Oaktown, Indiana along with local cucumbers, both of which I picked up at my local Meijer store.

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Cucumber Cantaloupe Frozen Fruit Pops on a bed of crushed ice, surrounded by melon, cucumber slices, and half a lime

Cucumber Cantaloupe Frozen Fruit Pops


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 fruit pops (about 1/3 cup per pop)
  • Category: Dessert

Description

Cucumber Cantaloupe Frozen Fruit Pops are light, sweet, and refreshing. You don’t even need any added sugar!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peeled and diced fresh cucumber (about 1/2 of a medium)
  • 1 1/2 cup peeled and diced fresh cantaloupe
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons juice and 1 teaspoon zest)
  • Honey, to taste
  • Ice pop molds and sticks

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a wide-mouth jar.
  2. Using an immersion blender, blend until the mixture is very smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into ice pop molds. Freeze on a flat surface for an hour, remove, add in the ice pop sticks, then return to freezer. Freeze for an additional 2-3 hours or until frozen solid.

Notes

  • No need to sweeten this if your cantaloupes are fresh, local, and in season! They’ll be sweet enough without any added honey.
  • Because of the small volume of the fruit pop mixture, it’s best to use an immersion blender here instead of your big blender or a food processor.

Keywords: dessert, frozen, cantaloupe, cucumbers, popsicles

Watermelon Mint Frozen Fruit Pop

Watermelon Mint Frozen Fruit Pops on a bed of crushed ice, surrounded by watermelon wedges, mint sprigs, and half a lime
Maybe the two most refreshing flavors on the planet—watermelon and peppermint—all combined into one icy fruit pop that will make your summertime blues fade away. This pop features fresh local watermelon from the Mouzin Brothers family farm in Vincennes, Indiana. They are fourth generation watermelon farmers and have been providing watermelon to Meijer stores since 2002!

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Watermelon Mint Frozen Fruit Pops on a bed of crushed ice, surrounded by watermelon wedges, mint sprigs, and half a lime

Watermelon Mint Frozen Fruit Pops


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 fruit pops (about 1/3 cup per pop)
  • Category: Dessert

Description

It doesn’t get much more cooling and refreshing than these Watermelon Mint Frozen Fruit Pops.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups peeled and diced fresh seedless watermelon
  • 6 large leaves of fresh peppermint, plus more for garnish
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons juice and 1 teaspoon zest)
  • Honey, to taste
  • Ice pop molds and sticks

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a wide-mouth jar.
  2. Using an immersion blender, blend until the mixture is very smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into ice pop molds. Slide in a few full peppermint leaves for garnish, then freeze on a flat surface for an hour, remove, add in the ice pop sticks, then return to freezer. Freeze for an additional 2-3 hours or until frozen solid.

Notes

  • No need to sweeten this if your watermelon are fresh, local, and in season! They’ll be sweet enough without any added honey.
  • Because of the small volume of the fruit pop mixture, it’s best to use an immersion blender here instead of your big blender or a food processor.

Keywords: dessert, frozen, watermelon, herbs, popsicles

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