Sippin’ on a smoothie is a phenomenal way to stay hydrated while consuming an alphabet of vitamins and a good chunk of the day’s fiber. But sometimes they can leave you feeling blah on hot summer days. And that’s because when the body digests calories, it increases your core temperature. (Not what you want when it’s already scorching outside.) And although they’re healthy calories, smoothies can sometimes have a lot of them; they’re meal replacements for many of us, after all. But instead of kicking your favorite sip to the curb in the height of summer, why not turn it into a popsicle? You’ll get the good-for-your-gut probiotics along with the flavor you love in a smaller, more easily digestible package. (Not to mention, homemade pops are far healthier than the ultra-processed, sugar-laden ones.)
To whip a batch up at home, start by sorting through these drool-worthy smoothie recipes. After you’ve picked one that excites your taste buds, follow the simple steps below to transform it into a popsicle.
Blend all of the required ingredients together. If you're using fresh fruit instead of frozen, toss in four or five ice cubes to ensure you create the proper texture.
Next, pour the blended mix into a popsicle mold and place a popsicle stick into the center. If you don’t own a popsicle mold, pour the smoothie mixture into small paper or plastic cups, or even a wide ice cube tray for bite size treats that can be enjoyed with a spoon or on a stick. Need a popsicle mold? Score a BPA-free one off Amazon; this one even has the sticks/handles built in!
Freeze for three to four hours.
Remove popsicles from the freezer and run the mold under lukewarm water for 10 to 15 seconds to help loosen the pops. This ensures you won’t crack the stick and helps your frozen treat stay in one piece, too.