Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops*

So what is the worst part of dieting besides the limited number of carbs? Oh ya! The limited amount of sweets! I have a major sweet tooth and it makes it very hard to eat right sometimes. But recently I was flipping through the June issue of Cooking Light, and I saw these! I read the recipe, and already had Mint from Mojiots I made…a seedless watermelon just to eat…and lemons because…who knows. But either way, I had everything and just had to make them immediately! I am so glad I did! These are amazingly delicious! They are full of flavor, and guess what only 82 CALORIES! I shared them with my friend Laura Ashley, who loved them as well but thought the lemon part needed a little more Orange flavor. I, on the other hand, thought it was just tart enough!

Now not sure what you are waiting for, I have told you what you need to know! In case you forgot here are the two main points: Delicious & 82 Calories a piece!

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Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops

Ingredients:

Watermelon layer:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
2 cups packed (1/2-inch) cubed seeded watermelon
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Lemon layer:
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 teaspoon orange extract

Directions:

1. To prepare watermelon layer, combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; cook 30 seconds, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in mint; cover and let stand 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve into a bowl.

2. Place watermelon in a blender; process until smooth. Strain puree through a sieve into bowl with mint syrup; press with back of a spoon to extract juice. Discard solids. Stir in lime juice; cover and chill 1 hour.

3. Pour about 2 1/2 tablespoons watermelon mixture into each of 8 ice pop molds. Freeze 1 1/2 hours or until almost set. Arrange 1 wooden stick into mixture, being careful not to push through to bottom of mold. Return to freezer. Freeze 1 hour or until frozen.

4. To prepare lemon layer, combine 6 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; cook 30 seconds, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour into a bowl; stir in lemon juice, orange juice, and extract. Cool 15 minutes; cover and chill at least 1 hour.

5. Remove molds from freezer. Pour about 3 tablespoons lemon mixture over frozen watermelon mixture in each mold. Freeze 2 hours or until completely frozen.

CALORIES 82 ; FAT 0.0g (sat 0.0g,mono 0.0g,poly 0.0g); CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 8mg; CARBOHYDRATE 22.1g; SODIUM 3mg; PROTEIN 0.3g; FIBER 0.4g; IRON 0.2mg

 

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18 Responses to “Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops”

  1. 1

    Katerina — June 20, 2010 @ 6:37 am

    My son loved it the minute he saw them. He made me promise to make them asap. Great photos.

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    Heavenly housewife — June 20, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    That’s a great low cal treat and they look adoreablt.

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    Leslie — June 20, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    These look fantastic! What a great summer treat!

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    Lisa — June 21, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    I’m very excited to see more of your photography! The popsicles look delicious. I’ve nominated your blog for the Happy 101 award =) You can check it out on the latest post of my blog.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 21, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    Ooo, those look so yummy! What a great summer treat, and very cute!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — June 21, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

    Great food AND people photos! Seriously, I looked at them all on Facebook, you did a great job!

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    FOODESSA — June 21, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

    During the heat of our summer…we’ll be looking for treats like these ;o)
    Very interesting. Claudia

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    Chiara — June 22, 2010 @ 4:36 am

    Those look soooo festive! My only problem is that I don’t like watermelon, but I guess I could make it with strawberry instead… mmm… must buy the little Popsicle thingies as soon as possible!

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    Erica — June 22, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

    My family loves popsicles so this will be a hit for sure.Beautiful.

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    Sharlene — June 23, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    Oh my these sound so so good! Watermelon is my honest-to-goodness favorite flavor of the summer. I wish these were already in my freezer!

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    Simply Life — June 24, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    Yum! Those look so perfect for summertime!

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    Sasa — June 24, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    Hi Jessica, love the props, very cute!

  13. 13

    Ameena — June 24, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    These look delicious, but I especially love how they are posted in an “ass friendly” category. :)

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    bianca — June 24, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    I know this is an ass friendly post; but a little wine or campari in these pops, makes for a very fun afternoon! Just sayin…

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    food-4tots — June 24, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Yeah, I will memorize this mantra “Delicious and 82 calories!” for x1000 times. LOL! Can’t wait to try it! Your shots are stunning! Love them all! ;)

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    bianca — June 24, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    I like the way you think Jessica…I like it alot!

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    Neha — June 28, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    Hello…

    lvely recipe… thanlks for sharing
    where can I get the mould from? please suggest

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