It has been miserably cold and rainy here and I’m dreaming of summer. Obsessing, really.
Thus, I’m posting popsicle recipes. And really, when CAN’T you eat a popsicle? Dessert on a stick is always a good thing. Plus, I know there are some of you out there who live in places where it’s actually warm. And trust me, I’m trying not to hate you right now…shiver.
First of all, you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to make popsicles…paper cups and popsicle sticks will work just fine. I have these popsicle molds,and absolutely love them.
These two following recipes are my favorites. The bonus is, they are healthy. First off:
16 ounces plain fat free yogurt
2 cups frozen mango chunks (you could use fresh, but I use frozen)
1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
Throw all the ingredients in the blender. Blend till smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Enjoy while pretending you’re somewhere tropical.
Nutrition Per Serving (6 servings): 105 calories, 0 g fat, 0.5 g fiber, 4.5 g protein
Lime in the Coconut Pops
1 can light coconut milk
16 ounces yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup water
zest of one lime (if you’re feelin’ fancy)
In a saucepan, bring the sugar, water and lime juice to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in lime zest.
In a large bowl, or blender, combine the coconut, yogurt and lime/sugar/water mixture. Mix well. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
These are a little higher in calories and fat – if you want to cut down portion size, you can save yourself some calories. But at around 150 calories per serving, it’s still a calorie bargain for dessert.
Nutrition Per Serving (6 servings): 165 calories, 4.4 g fat, o g fiber, 5.2 g protein