Coppertone, floaties, kool-aid, the smell of wet cement, goggle marks, a wet swimsuit under dry clothes...

There are certain things that take me right back to the carefree days of summer. And of all the sweet summer memories nothing gets me quite like the sound of the ice cream truck and an ice-cold popsicle on a warm summer night.

Gone are the days of sugar and food coloring but popsicles are here to stay. I've created 3 fresh, healthy popsicle recipes that are a perfect way to cool down on a hot day. Your kids will love them and you'll feel good sneaking in extra nutrients into their diet. It's a win-win.



1/2 cup blueberries

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or coconut milk)

2 teaspoons raw honey

1 ice cube

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter

1 large banana

1 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or coconut milk)

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon raw honey

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

dash of sea salt (I use Pink Himalayan)

Tropical Strawberry-Mango

2/3 cup mango

1 cup strawberries

1 banana

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or coconut milk)

1.5 teaspoon raw honey

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All 3 of these recipes are dairy-free but would still taste great with a bit of yogurt if that's your style. Of course any popsicle mold will do, but here is a good one.

The directions are simple: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour ingredients into a popsicle mold and freeze until solid. Each recipe will make about 4 small popsicles. Feel free to adjust based on the size of your mold.

Tip: when ready to eat, hold popsicle mold under warm running water for 10 seconds for easy removal.

And if a beach booty workout doesn't go perfectly with a popsicle I don't know what does.

Today's workout will tone, strengthen and lift your derriere. I've zeroed in on what I call the "butthigh." That lovely area where the butt meets the thigh. If you don't know what I'm talking about then consider yourself lucky. :)


Today's Check-In: Show me your workout space!

It doesn't need to be fancy. It's just fun to see where we're all getting it done. :)



PS - you may also enjoy this blueberry-mango smoothie and peanut butter + banana soft serve.









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disclaimer: these videos were created for individuals in good health. Robin recommends that you speak with your doctor prior to beginning a new exercise routine. By doing this video you do so at your own risk and agree to release Robin Long and The Balanced Life of any and all liability. Clothing generously provided by Athleta.