Thursday, April 5, 2012

Beat the Heat with this Sweet Treat!

Written by University of Houston Dietetic Intern, Lauren Versweyveld.

When the weather begins to heat up, I’m always looking for ways to cool down after a good run or a hard workout.  And who doesn’t love a good Popsicle on a hot day?  Unfortunately, many store-bought popsicles can be high in sugar and low in nutrients.  A solution:  Make your own healthy popsicles with some protein from yogurt and some added nutrition from fruit!

Give one of these frozen treats a try!  Fire up the blender for these perfect treats to beat the heat. 

Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles

1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries or pitted cherries
1 to 2 tablespoons honey
4 (5-ounce) paper cups
Aluminum foil
4 popsicle sticks

Put yogurt, fruit (slightly thawed if using frozen) and honey into a blender and blend to desired consistency. Pour fruit mixture into paper cups, filling each about three-quarters full.

Cover each cup with foil.  Then make a small slit in the middle of each foil cover. Insert Popsicle sticks into foil, then freeze cups until solid, about 5 hours. When ready to eat, peel off paper cups and eat.

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles

1 Container (17.6 oz) 0% Greek Yogurt ( I use 0% to cut fat)
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup honey (more or less to taste)

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Poor into paper cups, cover with foil, and insert a popsicle stick.  Freeze until solid (usually around 5 hours). Peel off paper cup and enjoy!!

Be creative and mix up these recipes with some of your favorite fruits!
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