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Strawberry Lemonade Pops

Strawberry Lemonade Pops- These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.
These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.

Hey there! Im baaack! Well I hope so anyway. Its been a busy year and was challenging to find time to work on my blog. During my last post, my daughter decided she was protesting nap time (the only time I could cook and photograph for the blog) so that put a big damper on things 🙁 She fought those for quite awhile and hasn’t taken scheduled naps since.

Since then we have also welcomed our second baby Owen into the family! He is such a ball of cuteness and we are beyond blessed to have him in our lives. 🙂

I’ve been wanting to get back on here again so I quickly attempted to photograph these mouth watering Strawberry Lemonade Pops I have been making this summer. We all LOVE taking them out by the pool with us, and are absolutely necessary in 100+ degrees!

They are super easy to make and the kids will love helping. All you need is water, sugar, lemon juice and strawberries (or any fruit you prefer!). Just stir the water and sugar together then add in the lemon juice and strawberries. Puree together with an immersion hand blender or regular blender. Pour into your popsicle molds according to the directions or place molds into the freezer until completely frozen. We use our Zoku popsicle maker and love it!! They are done in less than 10 min.

I didn’t add much sugar to these since the fruit brings out its natural sweetness which compliment the tart lemonade. They truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family. Enjoy!

Strawberry Lemonade Pops
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These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water
  2. 3 tbsp. sugar
  3. 4 oz fresh lemon juice
  4. 4-6 strawberries, rinsed and tops removed (amount dependent on size and how many you'd like- could also sub for other fruits!)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or blender, mix together water and sugar until combined.
  2. Add in lemon juice and strawberries.
  3. Puree with an immersion hand blender or regular blender.
  4. Pour into your popsicle molds according to the directions or place molds into the freezer until completely frozen. I use a Zoku popsicle maker and it takes less than 10 min.
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Lemon and Fresh Herb Rice Salad

Lemon and Fresh Herb Rice Salad- Brown rice tossed with an easy homemade lemon dressing, fresh herbs, veggies and peanuts. It makes a light, flavorful and unique side dish that will surely be a crowd pleaser!
Brown rice tossed with an easy homemade lemon dressing, fresh herbs, veggies and peanuts. It makes a light, flavorful and unique side dish that will surely be a crowd pleaser!

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by USA Rice Federation and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

This light and flavorful Lemon and Fresh Herb Rice Salad is one of my favorite cold side dishes to make. It’s a perfect spring or summer salad to serve at your next party or potluck. I even enjoy just having a bowl for lunch.   

If you have an herb garden it is also a great way to use up some of your mint, basil and cilantro! I was so glad I was able to use up a bunch of our mint leaves. And not to mention all the citrus fruits my parents have been giving me from their trees.

I knew this recipe would be perfect to share for Recipe ReDux’s contest sponsored by the USA Rice Federation. In honor of March being National Nutrition Month, they are looking for nutritious and appetizing recipes made with U.S. grown rice.  U.S.-grown rice is easily found in most grocery stores and can be seen labeled as “Grown in the USA Rice” or shows the product origin as USA.

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