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Eat Well Wednesday: Beat the Heat with a Healthy Frozen Treat
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The dog days of summer have arrived, and if you’re anything like me you’re craving icy cold foods right now.  Fresh salads are trumping soups, cold sandwiches are more appealing than casseroles, and cool treats from the freezer are overly enticing!  But don’t let banana splits, chocolate milkshakes, and other cold-food cravings bust your healthy eating habits.  Let NuVal™ help guide you to summer treats that are both delicious and nutritious! In general, popsicles, fruit bars, sorbets, and sherbets offer very little nutritional value; hence the reason they often have NuVal scores in the single digits.  If you look at the ingredient lists you’ll find water and sugar front and center in most of these items.  So instead of buying a freezer treat that gets a low NuVal score, why not make your own using high-scoring, nutritious ingredients?!  Melon Fest is going on this week, so it’s the perfect time to pick up a watermelon and stock your freezer with these refreshing homemade fruit pops!

Strawberry Watermelon Fruit Pops

Makes 4-8 servings (depending on the popsicle mold size)

Ingredients:

1 cup diced seedless watermelon

1 cup sliced strawberries

1 Tbsp. lime juice

¼ cup 100% juice (like Naked® Juice, Red Machine)

Preparation:

  1. Combine the watermelon, strawberries, and juices in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour the fruit mixture into popsicle molds (or small paper cups).  If using paper cups instead of molds, cover the cups with aluminum foil and insert a popsicle stick into each.
  3. Freeze the cups or molds until the fruit mixture is frozen solid.  To loosen the pops from the molds, place briefly under running water.

Have fun experimenting with this recipe by blending together other types of fresh fruit and 100% fruit juice!  Blueberries, kiwi fruit, and oranges all get a perfect NuVal score of 100 and would be delicious ingredients in these fruit pops!

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