Popsicle recipes are trending. And it makes sense why. We are always looking for a sweet way to cool down on a hot summer day. But, sometimes our options are not so healthy. Well, you can have your cake (or popsicle) and eat it, too, with this recipe for strawberry yogurt popsicles.
Health Benefits of Yogurt
Yogurt is packed with calcium and protein to keep you full and satisfied. Other nutrients in yogurt include vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. You may have also heard the term “probiotics” used when talking about the benefits of yogurt. Probiotics are “friendly bacteria” that are naturally present in the digestive system. Live strains of “good bacteria” are also found in many yogurt products. While we need more research on the topic, there is evidence that some strains of probiotics can help boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract. More good news? Yogurt may also help prevent and treat osteoporosis and reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Health Benefits of Strawberries
Strawberries are a staple of summer. A Vermont tradition is to go berry picking at one of our many local farms. Not only are they juicy and delicious, they are full of good stuff. In addition to antioxidants, strawberries have many other nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that contribute to overall health. These include folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and magnesium. They are also extremely high in vitamin C! Low in calories, they are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
A Healthy Popsicle Recipe
OK, we have told you all about the health benefits, now it’s time to eat and enjoy. This recipe is simple, easy, and quick. It is sure to please adults and kids alike. Once you have it under your belt, try adding in other berries and fruits.
Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles
- 2cupsstrawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
- 1tsplemon juice
- 1cupplain yogurt
- Place the strawberries and sugar in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- Transfer to a bowl and stir in lemon juice and yogurt.
- Spoon the mixture into the molds and insert sticks.
- Freeze for 8 hours, or up to a week.
- To unmold the pops, run water over the exterior of the mold for a few seconds, then gently pull on the popsicle out.