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By Jessica Van Eerde

Beat the Heat: Popsicles that Keep You Cool and Slim It’s that time of year again! Put one foot out the door and already you’re dripping with sweat. You need some way to beat the heat. Ice cream sounds delicious, but what if you’re trying to eat healthy or have lactose intolerance? Well, there’s another treat that is both indulgent and cool: Popsicles! Now, a lot of the Popsicles on your grocery store shelves are loaded with added sugars, preservatives and unhealthy dyes which aren’t going to help you eat healthy or keep your waistline in check, but there are other amazing alternatives which are easy to make, cost less, and can keep you cool and healthy. All you need is some creativity, some delicious ingredients, and a little bit of patience (so they have time to freeze). I promise it will be worth the wait. There are several magnificent Popsicle recipes that I’ve tried and loved, and so many more that I can’t wait to try. The best part is you can find recipes all over. From a general Google search of “healthy Popsicle recipes” to a simple perusal of Pinterest, there are hundreds and hundreds of recipes to try. There are even a number of recipe books dedicated solely to Popsicles. Trust me when I say, you’ll never run out of options to try. If you are looking for something sweet but not full of excess unnatural sugars, you can try a fruit based Popsicle, such as Karly Blair’s Chunky Monkey Fruit Popsicles. If you want something reminiscent of a Fudgsicle, just as tasty but much healthier, you can make a soy-free, gluten-free fiber-rich Vegan Black Bean Fudge Pop (see Kathy Hester’s The Great Vegan Bean Book). Or, if you want something savory, you

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can make something with a bit different, like Marla Meredith's Lemonade Cucumber Spa Pop, which is a true citrus treat. Another plus is there’s nothing special you need to make them. More often than not, I simply use small plastic cups with Popsicle sticks or cake pop sticks that you can find at your local craft store. If you want to get “fancy” you can buy Popsicle molds in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can find these molds almost everywhere, from Wal-Mart and Amazon.com, to Williams and Sonoma and specialty stores. The prices vary based on where you shop, the material of the mold and what design you’re looking for but on average the molds range anywhere from $5 for a set of 4 to $15 for a set of 6 or 9. There’s truly nothing better on a hot, Central Florida day than a cool, refreshing Popsicle straight from the freezer; especially when you can rely on the fact that it was made with healthy ingredients and won’t cost you an extra hour at the gym. Stay cool and get creative! ¢

Heartland Living August September Issue 2015  
Heartland Living August September Issue 2015  

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