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Beat the heat with cool treats

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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 4:30 am

Hot summers are nothing new to Texans, and now that another one is here, I’ll make sure to stock the freezer with cool treats.

After spending time outdoors, whether it’s taking a walk, mowing the lawn or dashing in after work or a trip to the store, I like to cool down with a tasty frozen treat.

It only take a few minutes to blend some fruit- and yogurt-based treats to freeze in popcicle molds or in plastic cups with straws for sticks. In about an hour, I can make several batches to keep frozen all week.

These popcicles have flavors that please children and adults and with less than 100 calories each, they’re a great guilt-free treat to beat summer’s heat.

Chocolate-raspberry frozen yogurt pops

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2 cups nonfat or low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3-5 tablespoons Splenda
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Puree raspberries, yogurt and Splenda to taste in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Divide the mixture among popcicle molds or cups, 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 sticks and freeze until firm, about 6 hours.
  3. Dip the molds briefly in hot water before unmolding.

Makes: 10 to 12 pops

Nutrition per serving: 87 calories; 3 g fat; 13 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 2 g fiber.

Mocha pops

  • 2½ cups hot brewed coffee
  • 4-5 tablespoons Splenda
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup fat free half-and-half
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Whisk coffee, Splenda to taste and cocoa in a medium bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Whisk in half-and-half, vanilla and salt until combined.
  2. Divide the mixture among popcicle molds. Insert sticks and freeze until firm, about 6 hours.

Makes: 10 to 12 pops

Nutrition per serving: 44 calories; 0 g fat; 3 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber.

— Recipes adapted from eatingwell.com

 

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