Everything is better on a stick

The weather is getting warmer and you know what that means…well, yes, it means inappropriate belly shirts and sweaty subway rides, but more importantly, it means popsicles!

I have such great memories of summers at the Jersey Shore (before the Snookie and Situation invasion) on the beach, my face and hands stained blue from all of the color dyes and artificial flavorings crammed into my all time favorite Rocket Pops.

So now that we know how bad all those ingredients are for us, what to do? Simple, you make your own pops and you make them not only nutritious but fun to eat too. All you need are some BPA free molds and an imagination. I’m assuming you’ve got the latter. The molds can be found at http://tovolo.com/. You can choose from shooting stars, rocket pops, groovy pops, dual layer pops and even freezer gems. So cool.

Let your imagination soar as you put together nutritious and delicious combinations that your kids and all their friends will dig (yep, this will put you firmly in contention for coolest mom of the year).

Check out http://icypops.com/ for some more inspiration and grab a copy of Pops! Icy Treats For Everyone by Krystina Castella, a great selection of healthy pop recipes at http://amzn.to/a5kKTX.

To get you started, here’s her recipe for Honeydew Melon Pops:

4 cups diced ripe honeydew melon

1/3 cup plain yogurt(organic please)

Juice of 3 limes

Grated zest of 1 lime

3 tsp of honey

1. Put 2 cups of melon, the yogurt and lime juice and zest in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

2. Add the honey and blend again.

3. Stir in the remaining 2 cups of melon

4. Fill the pop molds with the mixture and freeze for at least 6 hours

5. Remove from the freezer. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing the pops from the mold.

Serve and enjoy!

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