Popsicle Palooza – 25 of the Best Popsicles Recipes EVER

Popsicle Palooza – 25 of the Best Popsicles Recipes EVER


Who here loves popsicles in the summer? Who here gets a little bored with the same homemade popsicles? I’ve curated 25 of the most creative and healthy popsicle recipes. EVER. No boredom here. Time to chill out and enjoy!

Who here loves popsicles in the summer? Who here gets a little bored with the same homemade popsicles? I've curated 25 of the most creative and healthy popsicle recipes. EVER. No boredom here. Time to chill out and enjoy!

 

I’ve separated these popsicles out into several categories:

  • Very Berry
  • Yogurt Based
  • Chocoholics Anonymous
  • Crazy Healthy

With the exception of the yogurt based pops, all other pops are dairy free and/or vegan.

 

Very Berry

 

Watermelon Popsicles by Cooking Classy

 

 

Smoothie Popsicles by The Little Epicurean

 

 

Summer and popsicles go together like... well... summer and popsicles. This recipe is healthy, all-natural, full of superfoods, kid-friendly, and easy to make! What's in your freezer?

Blueberry Acai Popsicles by Pink Fortitude (that’s me!) 

 

 

Strawberry Popsicles by No Biggie

 

 

Strawberry Chia Seed Popsicles by Beaming Baker

 

 

Berry and Beet Popsicles by The Bewitchin Kitchen

 

Yogurt Based

 

Rainbow Popsicles by The First Year

 

 

Blueberry Lemon Popsicle by Bigger Bolder Baking

 

 

Red, White, and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles by The View from Great Island

 

 

Red, White, and Blue Yogurt Berry Popsicles by The Kim Six Fix

 

 

Firecracker Berry Frozen Yogurt Pops by The Comfort Kitchen

 

 

3 Veggie Packed Popsicles by Live Simply

 

Chocoholics Anonymous

 

Black Forest Popsicles by The Artful Desperado

 

 

If you can't handle the dairy in a "real" Fudgsicle or want a healthier option, this dairy free fudgsicle is made from Almond Milk and one extra ingredient. It's so easy to make and it tastes just like the old fashioned version! It's a summer must-have!

Dairy Free Fudgsicle by Pink Fortitude (that’s me!)

 

 

Chocolate Almond Sea Salt Popsicles by Feasting on Fruit

 

 

Dairy Free Chunky Monkey Popsicles by Paleo Hacks

 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Popsicles by Vegan Richa

 

Crazy Healthy

 

White Chocolate Basil Popsicles with Edible Flowers by Sprouted Routes

 

 

Matcha Green Tea Popsicles by Feeding Your Beauty

 

 

Blue Spirulina Popsicles by Green Smoothie Gourmet

 

Pink Grapefruit Popsicles by Beauty Food Blog

 

 

Berry Kombucha Popsicles by Wholesome Patisserie

 

 

Golden Milk Popsicles by Food, Pleasure, and Health

 

 

Kombucha Popsicles by Champage Tastes

 

 

Blueberry Mango Breakfast Pops by Veggies Don’t Bite

 

 

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Why These Essential Oils Need to be in Your Back to School Arsenal

Why These Essential Oils Need to be in Your Back to School Arsenal


From junior’s first day at kindergarten to your daughter’s senior year at college, back to school time brings together mixed emotions for parents and students alike. Many people think about focus issues when it comes to using Essential Oils but there are so many other ways that EOs can help with back to school time. Here are 10 great reasons why EOs should be in your back to school arsenal.

From junior's first day at kindergarten to your daughter's senior year at college, back to school time brings together mixed emotions for parents and students alike. Many people think about focus issues when it comes to using Essential Oils but there are so many other ways that EOs can help with back to school time. Here are 10 great reasons why EOs should be in your back to school arsenal.

Always practice safety when using Essential Oils (EOs), especially with young children. EOs are extremely concentrated and when used incorrectly, can have negative effects on kids. General safety recommendations include diffusing oils, not using on or near the face, and always pairing with a carrier oil when using directly on the skin. Also, when using on the skin, be sure to do a patch test and STOP all use if any kind of discomfort occurs.

 

Please note: Each section will include several options. This is to give you ideas based on your preference of oils, and which oils you currently have and use. The options are NOT meant to be used all at once. At the end of the article, we’ll discuss diffusers and how to make a roller.

 

Good Night’s Sleep

They key to anyone having a successful day begins with a good night’s sleep. Here are several options:

  • Diffuse Lavender and/or Roman Chamomile in the bedroom.
  • Diffuse Dream Catcher™
  • Roll Lavender and/or Roman Chamomile on the bottom of your child’s feet.
  • Add 5 drops of Lavender or Roman Chamomile to the bath.

 

Rise and Shine

Waking up is one of the most difficult times for a kid, regardless of age!

  • Diffuse Orange and/or Citrus Fresh.
  • Diffuse Peppermint.
  • Add 3 drops of Orange or Citrus Fresh to the floor of the shower before turning it on.

 

Focus and Memory

This one is the mother-load! So many kids these days have focus problems, including ADHD.

  • Diffuse Rosemary or Peppermint or Lemon.
  • Diffuse Brain Power™ – it is a blend of essential oils high in sesquiterpenes to promote a sense of clarity and focus when used aromatically.
  • Diffuse Clarity™ for an aroma that invites a sense of clarity and alertness.
  • For bigger attention issues (ie ADHD) – diffuse Cedarwood + Bergamot + Vetiver. (side note – I use a dropper for the Vetiver since it is so thick)
  • Wear a diffuser necklace or bracelet to school with your favorite oils, or add it to a key chain or backpack if your child doesn’t want to wear it.

 

Stress

Even the most easy-going kids get stress about school. There are tests, sports tryouts and games, concerts, SAT’s, and first days!

  • Diffuse Lavender and/or Roman Chamomile.
  • Diffuse Clary Sage.
  • Diffuse Stress Away™ for a combination relaxing and comforting.
  • Diffuse Peace & Calming® to create a relaxing environment.

 

Decision Making

From childhood to college, good decision making is a skill which our kids will learn, fail, and learn again. Whether it’s sharing toys, driving a car or dating, the stakes become much higher for good decision making as your child ages.

  • Diffuse Common Sense™ to enhance rational decision-making abilities leading to increased wellness, purpose, and abundance.
  • Wear a diffuser necklace or bracelet to school with your favorite oils, or add it to a key chain or backpack if your child doesn’t want to wear it.

 

Homework

Homework time is my favorite time of day! Said no mother. EVER.

  • Diffuse Brain Power™ – it is a blend of essential oils high in sesquiterpenes to promote a sense of clarity and focus when used aromatically.
  • Diffuse En-R-Gee blend

 

Immune Support

It seems like kids get sick like it’s their job! Help to protect their immune system with these oils:

  • Diffuse Thieves or use on a roller ball on the feet.
  • Diffuse Purification or use on a roller ball on the feet.
  • During cold and flu season, use the oils in a diffuser necklace, bracelet, or on a key ring.

 

Bullying

Whether its in person or online, bullying is difficult for any child to endure. While there are many other resources to help, these are the most recommended oils:

  • Diffuse Forgiveness™ blend.
  • Diffuse Transformation™ blend to help replace negative beliefs with uplifting thoughts.
  • Diffuse Trauma Life™ blend to help offer support during difficult emotional exploration.
  • Diffuse White Angelica™ to help promote feelings of protection and security.
  • Wear a diffuser necklace or bracelet to school with your favorite oils, or add it to a key chain or backpack if your child doesn’t want to wear it.

 

Confidence

Some kids need a little boost of self-confidence.

  • Diffuse Valor® blend.
  • Wear a diffuser necklace or bracelet to school with your favorite oils, or add it to a key chain or backpack if your child doesn’t want to wear it.

 

Transitions

Your child starts a new school due to a move or change in grade. You are divorced and your child is back and forth between homes. And then there is puberty. And college. The only thing constant in life is change, and transitions are a part of life and learning.

  • Diffuse Into the Future™ is an inspirational blend of essential oils that creates an invigorating aromatic companion as you look toward your life’s goals and dreams.
  • Diffuse Oola®** Grow™ essential oil blend gives you courage to focus on the task at hand and helps you move toward positive advancement and progression.

 

And because kids are kids… whether it’s the stench from their locker, backpack, or soccer cleats.. a little Purification to the rescue!

 

Resources

Essential Oils – Always purchase Essential Oils from a reputable company.

Roller Ball – Take a roller ball, fill it up almost to the top with a carrier oil, and then add 1-2 drops of EO.

Diffusers – There are many different styles of diffusers. All you need to do is fill it to the fill line with water, and add 5-10 drops of your favorite oil/s.

Diffuser necklace/bracelet/etc – I love the work by Bella Terra Studio based out of Modesto, CA. The owner lost her husband to cancer, and I’m inspired by all of the time and effort she puts into her craft.

 

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From junior's first day at kindergarten to your daughter's senior year at college, back to school time brings together mixed emotions for parents and students alike. Many people think about focus issues when it comes to using Essential Oils but there are so many other ways that EOs can help with back to school time. Here are 10 great reasons why EOs should be in your back to school arsenal.

 

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Top 10 Natural Beauty Brands at Target

Top 10 Natural Beauty Brands at Target


Did you know that the same place where you can pick up toilet paper and a cute sweater is also becoming the top store for all-natural beauty? Target is making a name for itself by carrying some great lines of natural beauty brands and organic skin care products. Hello affordable all-natural beauty! These are the top 10 brands to look out for.

Did you know that the same place where you can pick up toilet paper and a cute sweater is also becoming the top store for all-natural beauty? Target is making a name for itself by carrying some great lines of natural beauty brands and organic skin care products. Hello affordable all-natural beauty! These are the top 10 brands to look out for.

 

The brands in the Natural Beauty section of Target are all made without parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, or sulfates.

In alphabetical order, here’s the list of my favorite all-natural beauty brands at Target:

1. Acure

Acure is a family owned and operated company founded on sustainable principles and accessible price points to steer people away from toxic chemicals, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice your health for beautiful skin and hair. Each of their products is free from gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, harmful preservatives and artificial colors and is never tested on animals.

 

2. Alba Botanica

Alba Botanica is dedicated to making high quality, 100% vegetarian products that overflow with botanical ingredients. Do beautiful means keeping our Earth healthy and happy, too. Alba Botanica appreciates the importance of being good stewards of natural resources, so they do beautiful by reducing our environmental footprint whenever they can. They never test their products, or any of the ingredients used in them, on animals. Alba Botanica is on a mission to create vibrant products that treat the Earth and all its inhabitants as well as they do our bodies.

 

3. Burt’s Bees

More than just lip balm, but in case you were wondering… Burt’s Bees natural lip color products are composed of botanical oils, waxes, butters, extracts, and essential oils. To impart a variety of shades and effects, we use primarily mineral-based pigments. The mineral-based pigments used in their lip color products are in compliance with global regulatory guidance and legal limits. They adhere to the most rigorous standards set forth by global regulatory bodies.

 

4. Dr. Bronner’s

Dr. Bronner’s is a family business committed to making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality and dedicating our profits to help make a better world. All-One!

 

 

5. J.R. Watkins

At J.R. Watkins, they believe avoiding potentially harmful ingredients is as equally important as including safe, all-natural ingredients in their product lines. They constantly evaluate our formulas and products to make sure they are at the very highest standard, and are as natural as they can be. Take a look at the ingredients that you’ll never find in J.R. Watkins products and why. They are sure you can find the petrochemicals, bleaches, synthetic dyes and colors elsewhere if you really want them. With J.R. Watkins products, though, you’re free to enjoy things the natural way.

 

6. Pixi

Pixi’s mission is the same now as it was on the first day the Pixi store opened: simply to bring out the natural beauty in all women – to make women look like themselves, only better.

 

7. SheaMoisture

SheaMoisture OWNS natural hair products. But they are so much more. SheaMoisture products are natural, organic, sustainably-produced goodness. Made with love for you and your body. Pioneering fair trade through Community Commerce at home and abroad. They strive to be sulfate free, paraben free and more, whenever possible. Tested on their family for four generations. Never on animals.

 

 

8. Seaweed Bath Company

The Seaweed Bath Co.’s mission is to harness the power of nature and enhance lives by creating gentle, effective products, based on their expertise in seaweed and deep passion for skin and hair health. They strive to inspire and better the lives of their customers with unique products that help detoxify and hydrate skin and hair, while protecting the environment and supporting the communities.

 

 

9. Tom’s of Maine

“At Tom’s of Maine, we’ve always believed that our goals should include more than just making a profit. We have also worked to operate in a sustainable manner and to be a positive force for good in the communities where we operate. Our philosophical Reason for Being inspires our strategy; our Stewardship Model is a practical tool which guides our decision-making on what belongs in our products, and our Goodness Goals set the path for continuous improvement. We are proud to operate our business in this manner – our employees are passionate about making good products, caring for the planet and supporting communities – and wouldn’t have it any other way.” – NANCY PAK, TOM’S OF MAINE GENERAL MANAGER

 

10. W3LL People

W3LL PEOPLE is an uncommon beauty dream team founded by an elite makeup artist, cosmetic dermatologist and treehugging entrepreneur. They’re passionate about making positive choices in life, particularly when it comes to self care. This crucial fact drives their mission to create super premium quality cosmetics without using the potentially harmful artificial chemicals found in most conventional makeup. You’ll find our delightfully stylish products unmatched in delivering a natural “no-makeup” look. State-of-the-art, all-natural formulas effortlessly deliver flawless coverage and soothing protection that’s unbelievably light. With W3LL PEOPLE you don’t just look good, you feel good.

 

 

And of course my all-time favorite, Beautycounter, is no longer at Target but can be purchased HERE.

 

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Did you know that the same place where you can pick up toilet paper and a cute sweater is also becoming the top store for all-natural beauty? Target is making a name for itself by carrying some great lines of natural beauty brands and organic skin care products. Hello affordable all-natural beauty! These are the top 10 brands to look out for.

 

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Interview with Olympic Athlete and Elite Coach Chris Carmichael

Interview with Olympic Athlete and Elite Coach Chris Carmichael


Olympic Athlete. Elite cyclist. New York Times best selling author. Coach of the Year. John F. Kennedy Laureate Award recipient. US Bicycling Hall of Fame Inductee.  USA Cycling Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He coached Lance Armstrong. He runs a multi-million dollar coaching business with over 50 employees. He was a pioneer in online training and coaching. At the end of the day, he’s a father of three and a regular guy. And super humble. When I reached out to Chris Carmichael, I asked him if he remembered me and if he would have the time to be interviewed. His immediate response was, “Of course!” Let me take you behind the scenes with a one-on-one interview with Chris Carmichael.

 

Olympic Athlete. Elite cyclist. New York Times best selling author. Coach of the Year. John F. Kennedy Laureate Award recipient. US Bicycling Hall of Fame Inductee.  USA Cycling Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He coached Lance Armstrong. He runs a multi-million dollar coaching business with over 50 employees. He was a pioneer in online training and coaching. At the end of the day, he's a father of three and a regular guy. And super humble. When I reached out to Chris Carmichael, I asked him if he remembered me and if he would have the time to be interviewed. His immediate response was, "Of course!" Let me take you behind the scenes with a one-on-one interview with Chris Carmichael.

 

Chris has built some of the most decorated US Cycling Teams in history. His company, Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) has produced more elite athletes and world champions than any other. Chris and his CTS Coaches also work with career professionals and working parents to reach their fitness and performance goals by focusing on training, recovery, nutrition, and time management as an integrated approach to improving personal performance at home, at work, and at play.

 

The Interview

What (or who) got you interested in cycling and how did you determine that you wanted to become an Olympic athlete? 

I grew up in Miami, FL in the 1960s and there was a big contingent of Cuban refugees at the time. There was a big junior cycling scene, complete with coaches yelling in Spanish from follow vehicles. They took it seriously, so I did too. I worked in a bike shop that brought in all of the European cycling magazines and I met John Howard when he visited the area. As a junior I had success and got invited to travel and compete with the US Junior National Team. I fell in love with the sport and the opportunities it opened up for me, so I threw myself into it full force.

 

 

As someone who is now in his mid-50’s, what do you do to exercise and stay in shape?

The biggest change I have made as I’ve progressed through my 50’s is the addition of strength training. As a younger cycling-specific athlete, I didn’t worry about strength training because it doesn’t really make you a faster cyclist. But as athletes get older strength training becomes more important from a lifestyle perspective. It helps to mitigate the natural decline in muscle mass, helps keep metabolism from declining, and acts as an insurance policy against silly injuries that would otherwise necessitate time away from cycling training. If you throw your back out moving furniture or doing yard work, you’ll be out of training for weeks.

 

As a parent of three, how do you encourage your kids to exercise, get outside and live a healthy lifestyle? Especially in this day and age when kids are glued to the Xbox and iPhone 24/7?

I think we have to lead by example. I’m not sedentary and I think that has influenced my children’s behaviors. They don’t necessarily have to follow my footsteps into cycling, but my children have always seen that exercise and training are a priority in my life. My oldest daughter was an equestrian athlete. Some of the best times I’ve spent with my son have been bike rides we’ve taken together. And my youngest daughter loves gymnastics. I think the best thing we can do for our children is demonstrate that fitness and physical activity can be integrated into a successful adult lifestyle. I want my children to view physical activity – in any form – as an integral component of living a successful and productive lifestyle.

 

Pink Fortitude is all about finding strength after life hands you trials and setbacks. You’ve had to reinvent yourself several times over your career including a broken femur that ended your cycling career and the Lance Armstrong controversy. What motivates you to keep going when you face adversity?

Interestingly, when I face setbacks in my personal or professional life I go back to my days racing as an amateur in Europe for motivation. In the early 1980’s, American cyclists in Europe were viewed as outsiders. We were cursed at and derided, told we didn’t belong, and told to go home. The racing was hard. The living conditions were abysmal. There were people actively working to make life as hard as possible for us. So, when life hands me adversity these days, I think back to those days and gain strength from the fact I fought through all of that to reach the US Olympic Team, the 7-Eleven Team, the Giro d’Italia, and the Tour de France. Those days were so hard that nothing life throws at me now seems that tough.

 

 

 

What are your favorite foods? Healthy foods and also your favorite indulgences?

I am not an extremist when it comes to diet, particularly because I view dietary choices through a performance lens more than a health lens. For health, a focus on whole foods and an abundance of fruits and vegetables is an obvious choice. From a performance perspective, I think athletes perform best when fueled by an “all of the above” mentality. As athletes get older I think a smart move is to shift the balance to more plants and fewer animal products, but I am neither a strict vegan nor a strict vegetarian. When you look at eating behaviors, most people who adopt a dietary strategy that eliminates entire food groups (ketosis, vegan, etc.) eventually gravitate back to the middle and end up deriving 40-50% of their calories from carbohydrate, 20-30% of calories from fat, and the balance from protein. The emphasis on whole foods and the way we eat (eating behaviors, not the foods) is more important than the macronutrient composition. As for my favorite indulge, I’d have to say good red wine. I know it doesn’t have any beneficial effect on athletic performance and I could achieve the same heart healthy effects from grape juice, but I like a glass of really good red wine.

 

What is one thing you do every single day no matter what to maintain optimal health?

Push-ups. It’s not necessarily the push-ups themselves that are essential to optimal health, but rather it’s the consistency of including exercise in my daily routine. My travel schedule is very busy and I wish I had more time to ride my bike, but push-ups are something I can do in any location and without any equipment. It provides a touchstone to activity that I can then leverage to being more active in other behaviors. Daily push-ups remind me I’m an athlete, even if I am not able to do more than that on a particular day.

 

What is one piece of advice for anyone in their health journey, at any stage, for maintaining a long term healthy lifestyle?

CTS coaches an 84-year-old athlete named Fred Schmidt. He wins National Championships in just about every event he enters (I think he has 27 at this point). Whenever he is interviewed the reporter asks about his secret for staying competitive into his 80’s, and his response is always, “Just don’t stop.” Fred has gotten slower over the years, as expected, but he keeps going. He doesn’t stop, and he doesn’t let anything stop him from enjoying training. So I’ve adopted Fred’s mantra: Just don’t stop.

 

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Chris, thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us today. We really appreciate it and I know you’ve inspired our readers! You’ve definitely inspired me, that’s for sure!  And just for grins… I wanted to share this picture. I think this was 17 years ago.

 

 

Learn more information about Chris Carmichael’s seven books, including “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” and “The Time-Crunched Triathlete, along with the New York Times Bestseller “Chris Carmichael’s Food for Fitness.”

And visit CTS online and via social media at trainright.com.

 

Be sure to PIN to your favorite board!  And don’t miss out on your free eBook (and other goodies!) to launch you into the life of good health and fortitude!

 

Olympic Athlete. Elite cyclist. New York Times best selling author. Coach of the Year. John F. Kennedy Laureate Award recipient. US Bicycling Hall of Fame Inductee.  USA Cycling Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He coached Lance Armstrong. He runs a multi-million dollar coaching business with over 50 employees. He was a pioneer in online training and coaching. At the end of the day, he's a father of three and a regular guy. And super humble. When I reached out to Chris Carmichael, I asked him if he remembered me and if he would have the time to be interviewed. His immediate response was, "Of course!" Let me take you behind the scenes with a one-on-one interview with Chris Carmichael.

 

 

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