Fight the heat with DIY popsicles

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With the recent heat wave in Ventura, and more warm weather on the horizon, people are wondering how to cool down. Popsicles are a favorite summertime treat that’s sure to help combat the heat. However, most store-bought popsicles are loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, which can lead to heart conditions and obesity.

Take the healthier route and create your own popsicles. Inexpensive, homemade popsicles are a healthier, tasty alternative to sugar-laden store-bought popsicles.

Here’s a recipe for DIY, healthy, strawberry banana popsicles.

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Pour half a cup of orange juice into the blender. Credit: Veronica Mellring

 

You will need:

  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • half a cup of ice
  • half a cup of orange juice
  • blender
  • ice-cube tray
  • toothpicks
  • cellophane wrap
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Put all of your ingredients in the blender. Credit: Veronica Mellring

 

 

1. Pour the orange juice and ice into the blender.

 

 

 

2. Cut the tops off the strawberries and wash them. Throw them in blender. Chop ½ banana into pieces and throw into blender as well.

 

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Blend up the fruit into a thick  juice. Credit: Veronica Mellring

 

 

 

 

3. Blend ingredients until mixture is well blended.

 

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Wrap the unfrozen popsicles and place them in the freezer. Credit: Veronica Mellring

 

 

 

4. Pour blended mix into ice-cube tray.

 

5. Wrap cellophane tightly over ice-cube tray.

 

6. Poke toothpick through cellophane and into each hole.

 

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Once the ingredients have hardened, serve and enjoy. Credit: Veronica Mellring

  7. Put tray in freezer. Let sit for few hours.

 

8. Pull out and enjoy!

 

Put pieces of fruit in your blended mixture to add a little something extra to your popsicle. Feel free to add other fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, and mango to create a unique blend full of flavor.

These popsicles are easy to make and full of potassium, calcium and vitamin C. Strawberries help combat Type 2 diabetes and are great for cardiovascular health. Bananas help improve eyesight and strengthen bones. They make the perfect afternoon snack to cool you off on a hot spring day.

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