Summertime Cool Down with a Treat!

A great way to cool down this summer is with delicious and nutritious yogurt pops. The best part is, is that everyone can eat them; kids, adults and even your pet dogs. They are tasty, fun and you can customize them anyway you want. This is also a great activity for kids to do by themselves, however they should always have adult supervision in the kitchen.

Kids can learn a lot from helping in the kitchen, and this recipe gives a great opportunity for them to be independent and try different recipes and formulas that work for them, and experience that cooking is really fun. And, for those picky eaters, this is a great way to make healthy eating fun and enjoyable!! You can get up close with fruit or fillings you may not really like, or want to eat, but when paired with a favourite yogurt-bingo! Now you may love those things!!

Heres what you need to begin:

1) ice cube tray or popsicle molds ( down below I will put a link to some really fun ones)

- these guys come in all different shapes and sizes, with ranges from typical squares to out of this world animals/character molds!

2) your favourite yogurt.

- I used in my recipe Vanilla Greek Yogurt. Of course, you can use any variety. The more creamy will make it easy to mix with fillings, but thicker yogurts will work too!

3) A filling/mix-in for your pop

- You can begin by using any kind of fruit you like. I used blue berries in my recipe, but whatever you have can work. Berries are best, as they are already small and go great with yogurt!

- Other great options are peanut butter (you may think this sounds like a strange combination, but trust me, its actually quite delicious!), chocolate chips, oreo cookie pieces, m&ms, you name it! The sky is really the limit with your imagination and creativity with your fro-yo mixins.

4) You will also need a scoop, spoon, or device to help you pour your yogurt and fillings into your freeze-tray

*TIP - Depending on what mix-in you choose, you may benefit from pre-mixing your yogurt and mix-ins in a large mixing bowl, then spoon into the smaller trays! Make sure to get an even spread of your mix-in! You don't want to have pops/cubes with JUST yogurt!

*TIP 2 - If mix-ins are of the larger variety, you may need a cutting board and knife. PLEASE only use a knife with ADULT SUPERVISION, or have your parent/guardian help you with the chopping! You want this to be a safe activity!

Now, lets learn how to make it:

1) Begin by washing your ice cube tray or popsicle molds (especially if they are new). An adult should help with this step to make sure the molds are fully clean.

2) Dry your ice cube or popsicle molds (or leave to dry if not in a hurry ;))

3) Gather your mix-ins and yogurt

4) If using fruit, make sure you wash your fruit to remove any bacteria that may be hiding

5) If necessary, chop the fruit/mix-ins with a knife to have them ready to go. If this is the case, please have an adult's help. children should not be using sharp knifes as they can cut themselves and that could be very dangerous.

6) Now you can put your mix-ins into your ice cube tray or popsicle molds (or larger mixing bowl). You can even make a design going up the molds and it will look extremely pretty.

7) Take out your yogurt from the fridge.

8) Take a spoon and mix the yogurt up a bit. This would be especially good if you are using a flavoured yogurt that has puree at the bottom.

9) Scoop in your yogurt till you reached the top of the molds, or into the mixing bowl covering your mix-ins

10) Tap the molds a few times on a counter to make sure there are no air bubbles. If you need to add more yogurt then do so. You want to make sure that there are no holes in between the fruit. This is really important because when you take your popsicle out of the mold you don't want it to break. *If using a mixing bowl, spoon it all together, then pour it into your trays!

11) Put the popsicle stick into the mold. If you are using an ice cube mold you may want to cover it with plastic wrap. This will prevent freezer burn or lines to appear on your frozen treat. Plastic wrap is not necessary though!

12) Put your molds in the freezer overnight or until they are fully frozen (which could be a few hours)

When you are ready to take the pops out, here's what to do:

13) If you are using popsicle molds you will need to place the mold under warm water for a few seconds to loosen them. If you are using an ice cube tray they should just pop right out. If they are stuck, let it thaw a little bit, so it can loosen!

Then, it's ready to sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy your homemade fro-yo popsicle!

I hope you try this recipe at home. if you do I would love to hear how they came out! You can even send me a picture:) Please look at the links below for some really cool ice cube trays or popsicle molds.

This is a really cool list of cool popsicle molds with great descriptions : http://www.bestproducts.com/eats/g1660/popsicle-molds/ I found these really cute ice cube molds on amazon while I was searching: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XHJRWHC?psc=1

Ice cube molds these days come in all shapes and sizes you just need to look and see what your kids are most interested in and I am sure there could be a mould. they will love! I found star wars ones, emoji ones and even letters and numbers. Don't forget you don't even need a fancy ice cube tray to enjoy these treats. Just a generic cube tray from the dollar store will work!


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