Patriotic Popsicles

As you know, I love to make themed food for the holidays! The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays because my birthday is also in July and we always did special fireworks and Red, White and Blue cakes on my birthday. The Fourth, then, was double the celebration, because it was like having a second birthday party! 

Back to food. Right. Well I feel like when the Fourth comes around, so do the sweets. It is almost as bad as the recipes for treats at Christmas time. Because we are trying to change the way we eat at our house, I didn’t want to make my whole focus treats for the Fourth. Now, that isn’t saying that we never eat treats, or that I won’t make any sweet treat for the Fourth of July. It just means that we try to limit how many sweets we eat. 

In keeping with healthy recipes, I thought I would use one of my favorite ingredients, Greek Yogurt, to make one of my favorite treats, Popsicles! Let me clarify, I am not claiming this recipe as solely my idea, because who knows how many people thought of it before me…but it is just a good idea to help replace other sweets that we might eat on the Fourth. Because I am making these Popsicles for the Fourth of July, I chose to put strawberries and blueberries, so that I would get red, white and blue popsicles. Really though, you could use any fruit you want. 

I just love these (and my son does too!) because they satisfy my sweet tooth, and my brain freeze, with all the benefits of any other healthy snack. I have to say, though, my favorite Greek yogurt to use is Dannon’s Oikos. I have tried several other types and none of them taste as good. If you have never tried it, this is the type you should try first. Of course we know the benefits of fruit, such as vitamins and fiber, but Greek also contributes benefits such as protein, and calcium. Because I use fat-free yogurt, I don’t have to worry about the fats sending me on a guilt trip. :)

Ingredients:

1 cup fat-free Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
4 popsicle molds and wooden/plastic sticks

Directions:

Wash the berries, and pat them with a paper towel until dry. Cut the strawberries into quarters, or whatever size fits nicely into your popsicle mold. Lightly mix the berries with the yogurt (don’t mix too much or else the juices will color the yogurt) and spoon into the popsicle molds. Put the sticks in the center of the mold and freeze for 5 hours, or over night.
Dip the popsicle mold in hot water for 15 seconds to remove the popsicle.

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