Monday, June 28, 2010

Homemade Frozen Yogurt Fruit Popsicles

Popsicles - the perfect treat on a hot, summer day. Their sweetness and icy coldness may be refreshing but if you take a minute to check the ingredients on the package you may be in for a surprise. Most popsicles contain a whole bunch of sugar, corn syrup, food dyes, and artificial sweeteners which may contribute to weight gain, cravings, energy slumps, behavior problems and attention/focus/concentration difficulties. You are much better off forgoing the boxed variety and making your own homemade treats, feeling confident that you are giving yourself and your family a healthy alternative. Whipping up some delicious homemade creations is alot easier than you may think and only requires a few ingredients and either a food processor or a blender, some popsicle molds and you are good to go!
Frozen Yogurt Fruit Popsicles
  • 1 container (17.6 ounces) full fat plain Greek yogurt (I use Fage brand)
  • 12 ounce bag organic frozen raspberries or any fruit of your choice
  • 7 stevia packets I use SweetLeaf Stevia Plus by Wisdom Foods)
  • 1/2 Cup organic 1/2 & 1/2

Let frozen fruit sit out on counter for an hour or so to thaw a bit. Then add fruit and yogurt to food processor or blender and combine well. Add each stevia packet one at a time, blending well after each packet. Slowly add 1/2 & 1/2 and blend well. Consistency should be thick but pourable. Carefully pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze. Run popsicle mold under warm water to release frozen pop when ready to eat. Makes 8-12 popsicles, depending on mold used.

5 comments:

Jane said...

Hi Dee!
Your popsicles look delicious! I just shared your post on Facebook!

Dee Merritt, N.C. (Nutritional Merritt) said...

Hi Jane!

Thanks so much for sharing on Facebook. These popsicles are super easy and both kids and adults love them!

Jonathan said...

This looks great. I wonder if you could make a granita out of this recipe? By the way, my 13 year old son has never been able to tolerate the taste of fruit - other than citrus. He's missing out on so many nutrients essential for a healthy adulthood, and I know supplements don't really achieve the same ends. If you've dealt with this before or have ideas, I'd appreciate your insight.

Dee Merritt, N.C. (Nutritional Merritt) said...

Jonathan - I think you could definitely make a granita out of this recipe - let me know what you come up with if you end up giving it a try. Interesting about your son not being able to tolerate the taste of fruit - I have dealt with this before and would be happy to help - you can send me an email at dee@nutritionalmerritt.com and we can go from there!

~*~ Karen ~*~ said...

My son is a food snob too! He eats green beans like pills, "5 beans are NOT going to kill you, boy!"

I use my $10 Walmart dicer to mince all kinds of crazy veggies in tuna, occasionally ketchup, and anything meaty. Culliflour is the easiest to hide as far as taste and color. I've been caught by small strands of green, but he just sets them aside and keeps eating. Oh and you'd be surprised how easy it can be to switch to wheat versions of starches. I add water to his fruit juices too. I buy the big jugs so I have to pour for him, allowing me to give it a good shake beforehand. It's all totally deceptive, but it's a lot easier than making him sit there and finish the side items alone. Besides, I can't wait to say, "You've been eating avacado in your hamburger helper for like 5 years now!" lol

His snobbery is what brings me to your site. I'm hunting popsicle recipes because my son tends to consume a lot more snacks in the summer (not so much liquid) and the entire house could afford to be a whole lot more healthy.

Thanks for sharing :-)

 
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