I’m excited about these yogurt pops for a couple of reasons. 1.) I’m finally learning how to use my Canon t5i that I received for Christmas. And…2.) It’s popsicle season and these yogurt pops are pretty darn delicious and healthy.
Now that summer is rounding the corner, I’m tired of staring at the same old picture in the mirror at the gym. I mean, I know what I look like on the elliptical already…and it ain’t pretty! I live in South Florida and there’s so much out there to explore. Why not kill two birds with one stone by exercising and exploring?
Last weekend was the official kick off to the beginning of summer with the long Memorial Day Weekend. I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to get out my camera and practice using it. Also, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect for bicycle riding. We got up early last Saturday and headed to a small island right off of Miami, called Key Biscaye.
The weather was perfect all weekend, and for the day we rode our bikes around the whole island and spent the night in a quaint cabin/condo. My boyfriend was able to persuade the owner to let us rent it for one night, instead of the usual 7 days.
Bicycling, among other recreations, is a very popular activity on Key Biscayne. You can literally find bicycle trails around the whole island. Of course, I was the only girl biking in a dress and large hat and big sunglasses instead of the proper protection. I like to bike pretty. What can I say? I’m a nurse, I should know better.
We didn’t waste any time. Once settled into our humble abode, we took off to Cape Florida Lighthouse on the southern tip of the island. We rode our bicycles along the coast.
Once we arrived at the lighthouse I was ready to spring into action with my camera.
TZ sat patiently while I snapped photo after photo trying to get the right angle.
The lighthouse was open, so we decided to climb the 107 steps to the top. Hey, more exercise!
The view from the top was breathtaking. I spotted some persons canoeing below. Ha! The perfect photo op.
The beach was so crowded. Of course, it was a holiday weekend. To be expected.
Once we descended back down the stairs we headed down this beautiful path of palm trees. We were heading to the beach to take a dip. It was sweltering. Again, I couldn’t pass up the great photo opportunity.
We spent hours exploring the island from top to bottom and side to side. But my favorite part was when we ran into the Peacock garden. It was blooming with wildlife. All the birds and animals were clearly accustomed to people.
It’s almost like they knew how to pose for the camera. Loved this duck!
We had a great time and I’m sure I lost like a gazillion pounds. Summer is the perfect time for day trips and popsicles. I didn’t have any popsicles on the trip obviously, but this hot day and new found passion to exercise while exploring inspired me to make some healthy yogurt pops when I returned home.
Almost all the ingredients are organic. Totally void of any refined sugars or genetically modified high fructose corn syrup. Yucky!
This is a treat you can feel good about giving your family. The berries are packed full of antioxidants and nutrients. The yogurt is chock-full of protein. How cool is that?
Aside from all the healthy benefits, they are super easy to make. The hard part is waiting for them to freeze. This recipe is adapted from Pint Sized Baker Mixed Berry & Coconut Pops.
- ¾ cup blueberries
- ¾ cup raspberries
- ¾ cup blackberries
- 4 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons organic orange blossom honey
- 1 cup blueberry Stonyfield organic Greek yogurt
- 1 cup lemon Stonyfield ( or other brand) organic Greek yogurt
- ½ scraped vanilla bean
- Add all berries lemon juice, except for the honey (heat will kill the healthy properties of the honey) to a pot and over medium high heat bring the berries to a boil.
- When they begin to pop & breakdown (10 to 12 minutes) shut off and place in freezer for about 25 minutes.
- Add the honey to the mixtures and stir once cooled.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine blueberry and lemon Stonyfield ( or other brand) Greek yogurt and ½ scraped vanilla bean.
- Mix gently.
- Chill yogurt mixture until berries are cool.
- Alternate layers of yogurt and berries into popsicle mold.
- Makes about 8-12 popsicles