Summertime is about the last time of the year we moms feel like firing up the stove or oven. But, with kids underfoot, the demand for snacks is as constant as the mercury pushing over 90 degrees outside.

How to keep your cool? By making the kids create their own healthy frozen treats using fresh summer fruit! It’s as easy as fresh fruit, 100 percent juice, and maybe even some fresh herbs for the creative kids.

Try these recipes courtesy of Beth Bader, co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club from Storey Publishers. Or, you can even make your own recipes! If you like more creamy treats, try using lowfat yogurt as well as the fruit and juice.

These healthier frozen treats offer a serving of fruit, no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors and colors, and less sugar than many frozen treats. Making a batch takes only minutes of prep time, and no cooking! Just be sure to call them popSTICKles, as her daughter reminds Beth, because of the stick.

Peaches and Herb Popstickles

Ingredients

5 large or 8 small peaches, peeled, pit removed, and diced

{1/2} cup honey

Leaves from 1 sprig fresh thyme

6 fresh mint leaves

Preparation

Combine the peaches, honey, thyme, and mint in a blender and purée. Pour into reusable ice-pop molds. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

Pineapple-Cilantro Popstickles

Ingredients

{1/2} pineapple, peeled, cored, and diced

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

Combine the pineapple, lime juice, and agave nectar in a blender, and purée. Stir in the cilantro (if you purée the cilantro with the rest of the ingredients, you will end up with green pops). Pour into reusable ice-pop molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

*Recipes and image courtesy of The Cleaner Plate Club by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin, from Storey Publishers.*

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