In this swampy midsummer heat, my favorite breakfast (oatmeal) becomes entirely unappealing. Even a smoothie blended to go becomes lukewarm in minutes. So why not enjoy frozen treats at every meal, including breakfast? Food Network Kitchen came up with genius ice pop recipes for on-the-go morning meals that'll cool you off and fuel you up for the day. Plus, swap a frosty pop for your green juice, favorite cocktail or after-dinner treat. See them all in the gallery below:
8 ice pop recipes for summer
Ice pops all day
Peach-Oat Breakfast Pops
These peach pops taste just like a frozen smoothie — only better, thanks to nutty-tasting oats, which also make them a more filling way to start the day.
Here’s a great way to get veggies into your frozen snack or breakfast. Replace your green juice with this kale-smoothie-inspired pop.
Strawberry-Chia Breakfast Pops
Chia seeds make these polka-dot pops fun to eat. And with 2 grams of fiber per serving, the pops are a tasty way to add more fiber to your morning routine.
Watermelon, Chili and Basil Ice Pops
These refreshingly fruity ice pops give you an array of tastes: sweet, tangy, salty and spicy. If you cannot find Thai basil, which is milder than regular basil and has a slight licorice flavor, regular basil will be fine in this recipe. Sprinkle any leftover chili salt on sweet summer fruits like mangoes, pineapples or peaches for a spicy-sweet snack.
Strawberry Margarita Pops
Frozen margaritas won’t stay slushy for long, especially if you’re blending them up for a crowd. Make Tyler Florence’s pops instead, then freeze them and forget them until cocktail hour.
Bobby Flay lets his red sangria steep overnight so it infuses with all of the fresh fruit. Then he strains it and freezes it in ice pop molds for a super-fun, extra-refreshing take on the Spanish party punch.
Creamy Pistachio Pops
These rich, tea-infused pops are an easy frozen treat inspired by pistachio kulfi, India’s answer to ice cream. Serve them for dessert after a spicy Indian feast, or any summer meal.
Chocolate Sundae Ice Pops
Melissa d’Arabian’s chocolatey pops have a secret ingredient: avocado. Frozen treats are an excellent place to include healthier ingredients, since almost anything in the form of an ice pop brings back the wide-eyed joy of childhood (and it takes a while to consume even just a few ounces!). These make a cool, creamy and guilt-free way to end a summer day.