Loving the BITE: Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Ice Pops

It’s Loving the BITE….Two Wheels, Fast Feet style.

It’s summer and that means it’s time for popsicles.  And, when it gets hot, young athletes need a good way to cool down.  But, instead of opting for sugar-laden, no-nutrition, neon-colored popsicles that will only drag you down, let’s make some Greek Yogurt Popsicles that taste great and provide our bodies with the FUEL they need to keep us strong, healthy, and energized!

Recipe of the week:  Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Ice Pops

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2 cups Greek-style yogurt
  • 3-4 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips ( 60%+ cocoa – you can also chop a 60% cocoa dark chocolate bar)

Instructions:

Puree raspberries, yogurt and sugar to taste in a food processor until smooth.

Divide the mixture among freezer-pop molds, stopping about 1 inch from the top. Evenly divide chocolate chips among the molds. Stir the chips into the raspberry mixture, stirring out any air pockets at the same time. Insert the sticks and freeze until completely firm, about 6 hours. Dip the molds briefly in hot water before unmolding.  Should make about 10 pops.  Freeze for up to 3 weeks.

This week, it’s all about what we should skip, and what we should choose when it comes to yogurt.

First, let’s do some skipping.  By avoiding many of the popular non-organic, “sweet” yogurts, you’ll:

Skip the high fructose corn syrup, added sugars, and artificial sweeteners.  Some yogurts have more added sugar than candy bars.  Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, they are masked as health foods, but are anything but healthy.  There are 12 grams of natural sugar in 8 oz. of plain yogurt.  Any more than that and it’s added.

Skip the added artificial colorings.  In many countries, these colorings aren’t even allowed to be used in foods because there has been some research that links them to brain function issues and conditions (attention deficit disorders), allergies, and intolerances.  What’s more, the same food manufacturers will actually manufacture and sell the same exact foods in those countries as they do in the United States, but without the colors.  It’s all about consumer demand and voicing the opinion that we don’t need potentially harmful chemicals in our foods just so they can look more “colorful and cool.”

Skip the chemical flavorings – for all the same reasons as the chemical colorings.  Fruits, honey, natural vanilla, cinnamon, and other whole foods and natural flavors are delicious and offer so much more than chemicals!

Skip all the ingredients and fillers that take the place of nutrition.  Typically, the more ingredients you see on a label, the less protein, calcium, and Vitamin D you’ll find in the yogurt.

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