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5 Easy-to-Make Frozen Dessert Pops for Under 125 Calories

When itís too hot to be in the kitchen, you need to get into the freezer. There isnít a healthier way to cool down in the hot weather than by enjoying seasonal fruit frozen pops.

Here are five winners that take minutes to make:

Lemon BlueBerry Pops.jpgThese Lemon Blueberry Twist Pops are healthier than you think.

According to the latest research, freezing blueberries may actually improve the availability of their anthocyanin content. Anthocyanins are a group of antioxidant compounds in the skin of the berries that give them a blue color. When the blueberries are frozen, the antioxidants leech out from the skin so are more available to be used by your body.

raspberry-mint-ice-pops-ck-l.jpgRaspberries are a fiber powerhouse. If fresh berries are not available, use the affordable frozen variety for this refreshing Raspberry Mint Pop. Each pop provides just shy of a Ĺ cup of raspberries and 3.5 grams of fiber, which is over 10 percent of many adultsí daily needs.

When you combine lycopene-rich watermelon with pomegranate juice you will end up with sweet Watermelon Pomegranate Pops as a way to enjoy this powerful, cancer-fighting phytochemical. Pomegranate juice is also a ringer for potassium, which can help lower high blood pressure.

WatermelonPops-318x450.jpgIf you enjoy protein-rich Greek yogurt, you will enjoy it even more when it is frozen. These Blackberry Lemon Greek Yogurt Pops are a zesty, creamy pop that you can even eat for breakfast.

My favorite frozen pop is my own recipe. Puree a cup of frozen strawberries in a blender and combine in a bowl with two 4-ounce containers of a light chocolate yogurt. Spoon the mixture into four frozen pop containers and freeze for a few hours. Presto: Chocolate Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Pops. The strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, and the chocolate is, well, chocolate. Need I say anything else?

Be well, Joan

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