When I was younger, you could say my summer diet was a bit odd.
Here’s what it consisted of:
3. Fruit Pops
And that’s basically it. Aside from the occasional cookout, the most diversity I typically had in my diet June-August was four different flavors of popsicle.
Although I no longer gobble up a full box of Edy’s Coconut Fruit Bars on a hot afternoon, I still find myself craving the occasional fruit pop. (Especially when the ice cream man makes his way through our neighborhood!) Unfortunately, after perusing the frozen foods aisle and finding myself unsuccessful in picking up any box of popsicles without mounds of added sugar, I decided I would have to healthify the recipe myself. DIY: 1, Laziness: 0
These popsicles are beautiful. Seriously, the three different layers of fruit and coconut topping create an appealing presentation that will impress any crowd. Or just bring out the eight year old in you again!
Plus, if you haven’t yet tried Kefir you’ll love it! It’s basically drinkable yogurt that contains tons of probiotics that will, in all discretion, keep things moving. I like the plain Kefir because it’s quite easy to sweeten yourself with fruit or natural sweeteners, avoiding all the added sugars of pre-sweetened yogurt. Plus, it contains 11 grams of protein per serving! Quite impressive considering how low in calories it is (only 140 calories per cup).
So this summer, feel free to embrace your inner kid… and enjoy a popsicle or two by the pool! I know I will be!
Homemade Frozen Yogurt Fruit Pops
- 1 2/3 c plain Kefir
- 1-3 tbs honey (or other sweetener of choice)
- 1/2 c sliced strawberries
- 1/2 c sliced mango
- 1/4 c sliced pineapple
Combine Kefir and stevia in a large measuring cup. Separate half of the mixture (or about 1 cup) between 8 popsicle molds. Add fruit into molds, either all at once, or in layers (I added the strawberries first, then the mango, and finally the pineapple). Push down the fruit into the yogurt until completely covered. Top with remaining sweetened Kefir. Stick popsicle sticks into the middle of each mold (leaving about 1/2 the popsicle stick uncovered). Freeze for 3-5 hours, or until completely solid. Remove (you may have to run hot water over the outside of the molds for the popsicles to release) and enjoy!
Nutritional Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 8 servings)