Cool off with fresh fruit pops and popcorn trail mix

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Summer days can leave you searching for something cool. Healthy eating specialist Lisa Markley from Whole Foods shared some of her favorite fresh fruit pop recipes.

Blueberry watermelon fruit pops

3 cups small watermelon chunks (without seeds)
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1. Puree the watermelon chunks and honey in a blender until smooth.
2. Fill 6 popsicle molds evenly with about 10-12 whole blueberries. Pour watermelon purée over blueberries until each mold is nearly full. Arrange sticks in molds and freeze until solid, 6 hours or overnight.
3. When ready to eat, run mold under warm water and the ice pop will slide out easily.

Cherry apricot yogurt pops

1½ cups plain yogurt
2-3 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1½ cups cherries, pitted
1-2 small apricots, chopped

1. Mix the yogurt, honey and vanilla extract until well blended.
2. Puree cherries in a blender until smooth.
3. Pour a layer of the yogurt mixture into the ice pop molds. Add a few pieces of apricots and then pour a layer of pureed cherries. Finish with another layer of the yogurt mixture. Arrange the sticks in molds and freeze at least 6 hours.
4. When ready to eat, run mold under warm water and the ice pop will slide out easily.

Popcorn trail mix

4 cups popped popcorn
1 cup roasted almonds, cashews, or peanuts
1 cup apple-juice sweetened dried cranberries
¼ cup dark chocolate chips or chocolate drops

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Divide between 6-8 small storage containers or  bags. Trail mix will keep about 5 days.


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