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Variation on a Popsicle

popIt’s getting HOT in Utah. Well, it gets up to 90 one day and goes back to 60 the next. I can’t figure out what to wear in the morning. I’ve ended up in a jacket in 90 degree hot sun and then shorts in a 40 degree hail storm THIS WEEK. But having lived here for 8 years now, I know that in another 10 days or so, the only temps under 70 will be around 3 am. Our mornings will be spent at the local water park and our afternoons recovering inside in the cool a/c.   We’ll eat dinner around 5 and then peek our heads out every once in a while to see if it’s cool un-hot enough to go out and enjoy a few minutes in the shade. It’s usually still hot and the kids forget they ate dinner at all, so the inevitable request for a cool treat occurs.  The freezer used to be stocked with cheap Otter Pops and I’d toss a few at them and let them enjoy. I had never looked at the ingredients.  Since my ‘real food’ lifestyle change, I look at everything.

 

[stextbox id=”alert”]Otter Pops Ingredients…WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, FRUIT JUICE (CONTAINS ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING: APPLE, GRAPE OR PEAR JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF THE FOLLOWING: CITRIC AND/OR FUMARIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SODIUM BENZOATE AND POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVES), RED 40, YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6, BLUE 1 Protein:0g PHE: FREE[/stextbox]

Yeah, NO THANKS!  I think I’ll make my own.

I’ve found several awesome recipes from fellow real food bloggers, like THIS, THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS! I totally plan on making the homemade versions of these, but this time I opted for quick and painless.  I wanted to use my own kefir (you can get cultures here), but I had already used all of my homemade stuff for breakfast. And I didn’t want to cook and strain my fruit. And I got impatient. {Totally normal for me.} I bought the next best thing – whole milk organic kefir from Lifeway. I love this stuff and I could easily drink a bottle a day. It’s pasteurized, though so I try to make my own. For the fruit part, I decided on Bolthouse Farms Strawberry Banana juice and Green Machine from Naked. Not organic, but all juice plus a few surprises (like broccoli and wheat grass) for the kids. They’ll never know.

There are NO measurements for this recipe. I’ll make it look all pretty though.

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Fill Popsicle molds halfway with juice.
Add Kefir up to the fill line.
Cover with stick lids.
Freeze until solid.
Loosen Popsicles by dipping molds in warm water. [/stextbox]

There you have it. Easy (i.e. cheater!) recipe for a creamy fruity summer treat.

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Shared at Butter Believer

5 Thoughts on “Variation on a Popsicle

  1. I’m happy to know that it’s not just Michigan with the unpredictable swing in temps and weather.

    Thanks for stopping by the party. I have yet to make my own Kefir….I really need to get with the program. I just picked up some molds, glad to get my recipe collection started for them.

    • Jesse on June 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm said:

      I feel the same way about making kombucha :-p I just wanted to write and encourage you about making kefir..it is so easy. I purchased the milk kefir grains and small plastic mesh strainer as a kit, from Cultures for Health. I have been making it for about two years now and my grains are doing great still. I did have to rehydrate them when they arrived and that took about 1-2 weeks, but once they get going, it is very easy to use and keep going. I’ve been making morning smoothies with it recently and it’s a great way to get probiotics in you. Hope this is at least somewhat helpful 🙂

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