For many of us, summertime is awesome. We get to go to the beach, we enjoy dinner on the BBQ, we fill our body with vitamin D, we get that perfect tan… Actually, lot of people are looking forward to it, and they are even planning this time of the year weeks and months before, in order to get nothing less than their perfect bikini body! But what happens next? What happens once you’ve seen that magic number on the scale, or that perfect reflection in the mirror? Are you going to allow yourself to cheat a bit?
If you are living in a country like Canada, you are probably dying to see winter go and see the thermometer hitting 35ºC! For you, summer rimes with heat, sun, freedom, beach, outdoor, pool, bikini, Sangria, ice cream, milk shake, ice pops….. Ho no, CALORIES! Then, you realize you’ve worked so hard on that treadmill to get that perfect bikini body, but you know how much you’ll want to enjoy treats that are not very appealing when it’s -10ºC outside! Well, I have the perfect solution for you: healthy alternatives that will make you want to tell your favourite blizzard from Dairy Queen ”Good riddance”!
This is only one of many articles I’ll publish, and I want to start the series with the delicious ice pops I showed in my last post Stay tuned . So enjoy these recipes, and leave a comment!
HAILEY’S RECIPES FOR A PERFECT ICE POP!
These are really easy recipes that are healthy and will give you a boost during your day without making you feel guilty. Of course, feel free to modify them as much as you want. Be creative, change fruits if you don’t like the ones I’ve suggested, and don’t hesitate to share your experience with us!
*Please notice that these are suggested quantities! The idea here is to create a flavour YOU will like, so you want to taste before filling the moulds with the final mixture, and adjust the recipe if necessary. Usually, I go 50-50, but if some flavours are stronger, I put less, and I will put more of the lighter ones, to ”equilibrate” the taste. Also, you will notice that I use a bit of sugar in each recipe. Actually, sugar helps prevent the pops from freezing to much.
For this recipe, you will need :
- 1 Kiwi
- 1/2 cup of Vanilla Greek yogourt
- 1/2 cup of Orange juice
- 1 tea spoon of sugar
Mix the yogourt, the orange juice and the sugar in a recipient, and put in the refrigerator. Then, peel the kiwi and cut it in thin slices. Stick a slice or 2 on the side of each mould, and freeze for 30 minutes (see the section ”HOW TO” IN A FEW STEPS for more info). Finish by filling the moulds with the mix, and freeze until it’s solid.
- 1/2 cup of Watermelon
- 1/2 cup of Cantaloupe
- 1/2 cup of Honey melon
- Cranberry juice
- Water (if needed)
Mix all the ingredients together using a blender. Fill each mould with the preparation, and freeze until it’s solid enough.
- 1 cup of Strawberries
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 cup of Vanilla Greek Yogourt
- A dollop of Vanilla extract
- 1 tea spoon of sugar
Mix all the ingredients using a blender. Fill the moulds, and freeze until it’s ready. If you have some mix left, add few ice cubes in the blender for a delicious protein smoothie.
The Ultimate Mango Creamsicle
- 1 Mango
- 1/2 Pineapple
- Orange Juice
- 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogourt
Blend the mango, the pineapple and the yogourt first. Depending on the consistency of the mix, add some orange juice to liquefy the preparation. Fill your moulds with the preparation, and freeze for few hours.
- 2 Strawberries
- 1/2 cup of Raspberries
- 1/2 cup of Cranberry juice
- 1 cup of Watermelon
First, cut few strawberries in thin slices, and stick them on the side of each mould. Put the moulds in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then, mix the raspberries, the water melon and the cranberry juice using the liquefy option on your blender, and fill the moulds with the mix. Freeze until it’s ready.
Note that if you have some preparation left, add few ice cubes in your blender, for an absolutely delicious smoothie!
”HOW TO” IN A FEW STEPS
Step 1: Gather your equipment
As you noticed, for some of the recipes above, you will need a blender. You will also need pop moulds and utensils such as a whip, and 10 minutes of your time. That’s pretty much it! So easy!
Step 2: Chose the ingredients
The options are infinite when it comes to making ice pops! You can use yogourt, milk, cream, juice or simply fruits and water! Of course, if you like it a bit creamy, I suggest using Greek yogourt since it has protein in it, and it is a low fat option.
As for the fruits, you can chose one, or 4! It is totally up to you! My favourite ones are kiwi, orange, mango, watermelon and banana!
Step 3: Freeze
There are different techniques whether you want to be more creative and play with the colour/design of your ice pops, or not. In any case, you would fill each mould about 3/4 full. You don’t want to overfill them because the mixture expends when it’s freezing. Then, place the pops in the freezer for few hours (3 to 4, or until it’s solid).
For some funky ice pops, you can play with the layers or stick some fruits on the side of the moulds (as in the Greek Kiwi recipe). It’s very easy to perform, and it makes the pops more appealing! Of course, if you go with the layers, you need to make a 2 flavour ice pops! To recreate this, you need to put the first flavour in the mould (you fill it as much as you want, but leave some space for the second layer obviously). Then, you put it in the freezer for 45 minutes, or until it’s half solid: you want to make sure that the first layer is strong enough to hold the second one. Otherwise, the two layers will be mixed together, and your creativity will be gone with the wind! Once it’s consistent enough, put the second layer on top, and freeze until the pops are ready! You can even add a third layer if you feel that adventurous 😉
If you prefer sticking some fruits on the side of the mould, it’s even easier! You first want to make sure you slice the fruits thin enough, so it will hold on the side of the mould without slipping (I recommend using kiwis or strawberries. They are the stickiest ones). Once you have placed the fruits on the side of the moulds, put them all in the freezer for 30 minutes. After, take them out and fill the moulds with your mix, and put it back to freeze until it’s ready!
Step 4: Enjoy!
If the stick doesn’t come out easily, put the mould under water for 30 seconds! You are now ready to enjoy a treat you don’t have to feel guilty about! 😉