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Low-cal homemade popsicles without the additives

By Hilary Meyer, August 6, 2010 - 11:56am

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Bomb Pops were my favorite freezer pops as a kid. They are loaded with sugar and have red, white and blue stripes loosely representing the flavors cherry, lime and blue raspberry.

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Blue raspberry? Really? Raspberries aren’t blue. As a kid, I could have cared less. (Nor did I care that my mouth was stained an eerie shade of aquamarine for hours after my last lick either.) But today, I’m a little more conscious of what I put in my mouth.

Artificial flavors and colors like Red 40 and Blue 1 aren’t ingredients that whet my appetite. But I don’t want to deny myself freezer pops—one of the greatest joys of summer. I’ve started making my own healthy frozen treats at home with ingredients like fruit, low-fat yogurt and sugar (in moderation) that come out of my fridge and pantry, not a laboratory.

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Here are four healthy, low-cal freezer pops to make at home:

Chocolate Raspberry Frozen Yogurt Pops: What makes your cherry popsicle red? Cherries? Wrong! Food dye. If you want to avoid food dyes, how about making a vibrant popsicle out of actual fruit? Chocolate chips add a sweet counterpoint to these tangy bright-pink raspberry pops. Strawberries would work equally well.

Watermelon Blueberry Ice Pops: If you’re watching the amount of added sugars you consume, but want to avoid artificial sweeteners that are created in a lab (such as aspartame), then these pops are for you. These were a staff favorite during the development process. These pops have only 1 gram of added sugar and the whole blueberries have the look of watermelon seeds.

Mocha Ice Pops: A popular brand of fudgesicles sold at the supermarket come in at around 60 calories—which isn’t bad. But I prefer to make my own instead. Why? For one, I can recognize all the ingredients. Plus I can infuse my pop with a little coffee flavor. Our refreshing pop has 54 calories, just a little less than a fudgesicle, but every little bit counts! A little of the cocoa settles at the bottom as they freeze, making a special chocolaty surprise on the top once the pop is unmolded.

Vanilla Orange Freezer Pops: Our creamy vanilla-flavored orange juice pops will transport you back to the days of standing in line at the ice cream truck. They have only four ingredients and 53 calories compared to a popular brand of low-fat creamsicles sold at the supermarket, which have 25 ingredients and 100 calories. I think homemade is the clear winner here, don’t you?

Need Popsicle Molds? Find molds by Tovolo ($9.95 for a set of 6 star-shaped molds) and more supplies for making frozen treats at

DIY Molds: If you don’t have your own funky molds, divide the ice pop mixture among small paper or plastic cups instead. Freeze until very thick, but not completely frozen, 1 to 2 hours. Insert frozen-treat sticks and continue freezing until completely firm, 4 to 5 hours more.

What’s your favorite freezer pop flavor? Tell us what you think below.

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Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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