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Fourth of July pops

It is the Forth of July, and  it’s time to get festive. With this Georgia heat, I knew that I wanted to make cool colorful treats. Fourth pops were a simple and healthy remedy.

healthy-fourth-of-july-pops

There is something about America’s birthday that makes you want to gather with friends, get out the grill, have a few drinks, and enjoy some fireworks. For most folks, this is reality. For us, it is wishful thinking (I say this with a smile).

We have become used to celebrating holidays solo. I can remember our first Fourth of July holiday in Massachusetts. We made kabobs and played cards in the picnic area next to our apartment. We were so thankful the apartments had those built in grills. Oh, the simple things.

summer-in-Amherstskipbo-in-the-park

Back to the colorful popsicles, and by colorful I mean red, white, and blue. These tasty pops are incredibly easy to make and are ready in no time. (Two of my favorite things when it comes to cooking)

popsicle-ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup Strawberries
1 cup Plain yogurt
1 cup Blueberries
Honey
Strawberry Lemonade
Popsicle molds
-yields 4 double pops

For the first layer of  Fourth of July pops, add chopped strawberries. Spoon the lemonade over them until they are covered. Freeze the first layer for a minute.

strawberry-and-juice

After mixing all the yogurt and honey (1 Tbsp or as as much as you prefer) together, scoop the yogurt mix into the mold. Freeze for another minute. Layer the blueberries on top of that. Then, spoon the lemonade over them just same as the strawberries. Something to note; finer chopped fruit makes these a littler easier eat and assures fruit in every bite.

homemade-popsicles

Another thing to note is that the blueberries shifted after adding the stick. It changed the way I wanted them to look, but it added flavor to the yogurt layer- happy accidents.  With the molds assembled, freeze for an hour.

fourth-of-july-pops

There is no right way to make these guys. I made them a few different ways and each ended the same way, “yum.”

Now that I have made my first few rounds of homemade popsicles, I have a whole slew of ideas for new flavors. Buying cool treats from the store is a now thing of the past.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Fourth of July doing what fills your soul. We have a solo day planned doing just that.

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