Thursday, October 13, 2011

Homemade popsicles, for your health!

My husband is making an effort to eat healthier and lose weight. The mainstay of this plan is to eat more of my homecooked food and go out to eat less. Just from eating my cooking and watching his portions, he's already lost 10 pounds last month! You can find some of the recipes I've been making by clicking the "healthy" label on the right side of the blog.

Creamsicles and pomegranate popsicles
We crave dessert after dinner, so we were trying to come up with low calorie things to satisfy our sweet tooths. My husband came up with the brilliant idea of homemade popsicles. Remember when you were a kid and your mom would freeze fruit juice in a cup with a popsicle stick? We bought popsicle molds like these and have been experimenting with freezing all sorts of fruit juices, smoothies and teas. There is something about the fact that popsicles are solid and take a while to eat that makes them infinitely more satisfying than what amounts to about half a cup of fruit juice. Plus, they're so much fun! Here are some of the wacky ideas we've come up with!

Fruit juice popsicles: orange, pomegranate, cranberry, pineapple, etc., or any combination

Smoothie popsicles: freeze my Orange Julius smoothies to make Creamsicles, or you could do strawberry banana, etc.

Kool-aid or Crystal Light popsicles: mix up any sugar-free drink mix flavor and freeze it.

Pudding pops: remember these from the 80's? Jello makes low calorie sugar-free flavors. My husbands' favorite is chocolate and banana pudding blended with a banana.

Sweet tea popsicles: one of my proudest inventions. Sweeten your favorite tea with Splenda and freeze. So refreshing and low calorie

Chai popsicles: add a touch of milk and sugar to chai and freeze.

Coffee popsicles: same idea as the chai ones

You get the idea. Share your ideas for homemade popsicles with me!

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