Healthy summer yogurt pops

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I have a mammoth sweet tooth and if I didn't love vegetables so much, I'd probably subsist on merely ice cream, cake and Lucky Charms for the rest of my life.

During the colder months, I tend to crave cookies for a sweet treat and in the summer nothing sounds better than a giant bowl of creamy ice cream. However, the secret to extracting calories from dessert has yet to be revealed and since I have a propensity to overindulge in sugar (I can't be left alone with batter of any kind), I started looking for slightly healthier alternatives to some of my favorite snacks.

Several months ago, I saw something on Pinterest for yogurt popsicles, but I didn't bother pinning it because the picture pretty much explained everything I needed to know. Common sense told me, "Courtney, freeze some yogurt on a stick."

It's already getting hotter than heck outside, and this weekend I decided it was the perfect time to finally make these frozen creations to enjoy after a run or for a quick snack before softball. Summer fruits are finally starting to emerge in the grocery stores and I picked up a giant cartoon of fresh strawberries on Sunday.

What you will need:

  • Popsicle molds (I think that's the appropriate term?). I found this set at Wal-Mart for $3. They're purple and that's kind of awesome.
  • Yogurt (a tub or a few small containers). Clayton and I were in disagreement over whether we should use plain vanilla or strawberry banana, so we got both.
  • Fresh fruit of your choice (We obviously went with strawberries). I think next time I want to try vanilla yogurt with pineapples or peaches.
  • A strong arm to yank the popsicles out of their holders once they freeze. (Seriously. I need to lift more weights.)

The instructions are easy: Simply cut your fruit into bite-sized pieces (and obviously peel the fruit as necessary) and mix with your yogurt. Pour the mixture into the molds, shove in the sticks, place in your freezer and let chill for several hours or overnight.

I used small cartons of yogurt and one carton filled 3 molds.A little goes a long way!

 


Enjoy!

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3 comments

  1. These look so tasty! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. So, which was tastier? The plain vanilla or the strawberry banana?

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  3. I pulled the same Pinterest-freeze-some-yogurt-with-all-the-fruit-you-bought plan last week, too! Except my brain didn't lead me to that popsicle mold idea, so I just lined a deep baking pan with wax paper, and cut the yogurt blob into bars before it was totally frozen. They're very messy to eat (...this is maybe why the popsicle molds help, BRAIN), but even my fiance, who is pretty averse to healthy foods, loves them. I think these will be in my freezer year round.

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