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3 low calorie frozen dessert ideas

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Make your own popsicles. Just find a mold you like and create!

I have a serious sweet tooth, but it doesn’t always fare well with my health goals.

Thankfully, I have learned how to be creative. This summer, I invite you to get on the DIY bandwagon and make your own frozen desserts.

In this post, I will share my favorite recipes and tips for making your own low calorie frozen desserts. Some of them actually require no recipe at all.

By the way, if you try any of these, let me know what you think, OK?

1. Frozen fruit

This requires no recipe. All you need is fruit that doesn’t get too hard to chew straight from the freezer. My favorites are:

  • grapes
  • blueberries
  • banana slices
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • kiwi slices
  • pitted cherries
  • raspberries
  • clementine sections†

You can experiment with any fruit you like. If you are feeling adventurous, try some veggies too. I am thinking cucumbers would do nicely.

How to keep frozen fruit from sticking together

Wash all fruit and pat dry with a paper towel. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place each piece of fruit on the paper so that it can freeze individually. Ain’t nobody got time for stuck together frozen fruit…

Once frozen, you can take the fruit off of the paper and store in a plastic freezer bag.

Store them in servings so you can grab a bag and nosh when you need a sweet treat. I recommend the snack-sized bags. You can keep the snack-sized bags in a larger freezer bag to keep it all organized.

2. Froyo (frozen yogurt) fruit bites

If you are a fan of yogurt and fruit, you’ll like this. Same basic principle as freezing fruit, but with some added ingredients.

You will need to select a yogurt that you enjoy. I am a fan of Greek yogurt. I usually get a brand without sugar or flavor added and then I work my magic. My favorite brands of Greek yogurt are plain Fage, Oikos and Chobani.

How to flavor your yogurt

Measure out a cup of plain yogurt and place in a bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite extract. My favorites are pure vanilla extract, imitation banana extract, imitation rum extract and pure lemon extract.

Next, sweeten the yogurt with your favorite brand of Stevia. I love Pyure Organic Stevia. If you’re a fan of Aldi, try the Sweet Additions Stevia. I think it’s pretty good. You have to find one you like. Some of them are bitter.

Experiment with the sweetness level. Start small and build. I recommend one tablespoon of stevia or two packets to start. Taste it and then judge if you want to add more. Mix everything well.

I also sweeten my yogurt with raw honey and I love Skinny Syrups as well.

Making the froyo bites

To make the froyo fruit bites, I usually use a heart-shaped ice cube tray I picked up at Target, but you can use any ice cube tray. You can also use paper mini cupcake liners and place them in a mini muffin pan. Another option is to use mini silicone cups arranged on a cookie sheet.

  1. Place a tablespoon of yogurt in the ice cube tray.
  2. Add your desired fruit (you can dice the fruit and add several types to your bites or just stick with one kind)
  3. Press fruit down into the yogurt with a spoon.
  4. Optional: cover the fruit with a layer of yogurt (not much is needed)
  5. Freeze overnight or at least until yogurt has set.
  6. Release bites from tray or muffin cup and store in a plastic freezer bag.
  7. Nom nom nom on that bite!

These should do well in the freezer for up to two weeks so get to biting! Any longer and freezer burn might start taking over. Be vigilant.

3. DIY fruit pops

This has to be one of my favorite treats because they turn out so pretty if you take your time. Plus, they taste great and you control the ingredients (scram high fructose corn syrup)! To make these you need a few items/gadgets:

  • Popsicle molds
  • Popsicle sticks (maybe)
  • Fruit
  • Blender or food processor (optional)

You will only need a blender or food processor if you want to make a puree of your fruit. If you don’t have either, you can still make these with some elbow grease. Just use a potato masher or potato ricer. You can even use the back of a fork and press the fruit in a bowl until it becomes mashed.

Before you make the fruit popsicles

Here are some tips before you get started. Just flow with it and experiment with flavors and you will enjoy these cool treats. Keep it fun and let children help make their own healthy treats.

Ripe fruit

Use ripe fruit for maximum flavor. You can even slice very thin pieces to put in the molds. They look so pretty to me. Lay them against opposite sides of the molds and then add your fruit pop mixture.

Consistency of fruit pop

Your homemade fruit pop mixture can be thick or fluid. It just depends on how you want it. To make it thick, make a puree of the fruit or try mashing it. This will give your pops a depth of flavor and something to bite easily. Too much liquid will make an icier pop, but if you prefer to lick it instead of biting it, then more liquid is just fine.

Liquid wise, I like to go with natural fruit juices without added sugar and free from high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. In my experience, good fruit juices to add are apple, mango, guava, grape and cherry.

You can even make your own lemonade or limeade to add to the molds. To keep calories down, sweeten your lemonade with Stevia, monkfruit or coconut sugar. One of my clients loves Just Like Sugar. I have not tried it, bust she swears by it!

Creamy fruit pops

If you want a creamy fruit pop, you can add yogurt or nut milk. My favorite nut milks are almond, cashew and coconut almond blends. You can mix the yogurt with the fruit puree/mash or blend the nut milk with the desired fruit or fruit blend. If keeping calories low, choose unsweetened nut milks and yogurts. Remember, you can always add natural sweeteners.

I highly recommend tasting your fruit pop mixture before placing in the molds. That way, you know you’ll like what you created.

Layering flavors

If you wish to layer your pops, just make different fruit purees/mashes and add them layer by layer into the mold. Want your creamy mixture at the bottom? Put that in the mold last. The more you make these the more you will become a pro.

If you want your layers to be defined and not mixed, simply add one layer at a time and freeze the pops for at least 20 minutes between layers. When you are done layering, put on the top of the popsicle mold and insert sticks if the mold doesn’t have built-in sticks.

Making the fruit pops

Many popsicle molds already include a stick, but if you are using a mold without one you can insert regular popsicle sticks or long cake pop sticks.

To keep sticks in place, you can use a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap across the top of the molds and gently press the sticks into it.

  • Add slices or chunks of fruit, first.
  • Next add puree or liquid (or a mix of both) and fill to the top of the mold.
  • Place the stick into the mixture or just add the top of the mold which has a built-in stick.
  • For best results, freeze overnight.
  • For best flavor, consume within two weeks.

If you try any of these, will you let me know? If you have more tips and tricks, I would love to hear them.

Robyn Evans is an award-winning writer, author, speaker, singer and all around lover of all things health. She started her health journey in late 2015 and is always looking for information to help people live healthier lives. Currently, Robyn is a distributor for Total Life Changes. Visit sip2health.com to view her product line or get in touch.

Disclaimer: Your use of this site means that you agree to accept this disclaimer in full. Please do not use this site if you do not agree. Unless otherwise stated, all information and resources shared on this site are the sole opinion of the author. I am not a medical professional in any way, shape or form! The purpose of my blog is to share my personal experiences with weight loss, healthy eating and well, life in general. My hope is that it sparks and inspires more people to care about their health. Maybe you’ll even laugh a bit. If so, SCORE! If you purchase any products from my sip2health.com site or any other affiliate links included in my blog posts, I would like for you to know that I will receive a commission. I am transparent. Any products recommended or featured on this site are not evaluated or endorsed by the FDA and are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or otherwise eliminate any illness or disease. ALWAYS consult a medical professional before taking this or any other advice about health. Be safe and do your own research. Thank you!

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5 fruit infused water recipes

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Many of my clients tell me about their distaste for water. Yet, water is essential for life and optimal health. Your body needs a certain amount of water every day to function efficiently. 

How to drink more water

According to The Mayo Clinic, water is a primary chemical component of the body, making up 60% of your total weight. Your organs, cells and tissues need water daily just to function properly.

The great water debate continues on how much water you should drink each day, but I think it’s more important to make sure you are drinking it each day.

Baby steps, right?

I have a suggestion. Be creative with drinking more water. Add fruit, herbs, spices and vegetables. It will give the water an essence of flavor. Plus, you may experience health benefits. Try one of these simple recipes this week and tell me what you think.

You can make them in a glass pitcher with an infuser lid, and infuser carafe or even a mason jar with a lid. Just add your ingredients, pour in spring or filtered water and wait. The longer you let it sit, the more flavor you get.

Infused water tips and tricks

If you don’t have an infuser, just use a water pitcher. Any jug will do. If you don’t want the ingredients in your glass, use a mesh strainer when you pour a glass. You may still have a little fruit pulp, but it’s all good!

I suggest at least 4 hours of steeping, but overnight and even 24 hours will give you a good punch of flavor.

Use high quality local produce and organic if possible and adjust the amount of produce to the size of the container you will use.

Here is a good rule of thumb: If your produce takes up a third of your container, that is usually plenty to get a good flavor.

Consume any flavor combination you make within three days. Fresh produce can go bad if you let it sit too long.

The infused water recipes

I encourage you to make up your own combinations, but here are a few to get you started:

CHERRY LIMEADE

Halve and pit 1 cup of fresh cherries. Thinly slice 1 lime (rind on if organic). Add to water pitcher. Add water, stir and let sit at least 4 hours.

CUCUMBER MINT REFRESHER

Slice 1 cucumber (peel if not organic). Thinly slice 1/2 of a lemon (keep rind on if organic). Add a handful of mint leaves. Add to water pitcher. Add water and let sit at least 4 hours.

ORANGE CRANBERRY BLISS

Slice one whole orange (keep rind on if organic). Slice or crush 1/2 cup of cranberries. Add to water pitcher. Add water, stir and let sit at least 4 hours.

ISLAND TREAT

Slice 1 cup of fresh pineapple. Slice one cup of fresh mango. Add to water pitcher. Add water and stir. Let sit at least 4 hours.

SPICE IS NICE

Slice one whole orange. Discard rind. Crush the fruit in a bowl. Add to water pitcher. Add a cinnamon stick, one clove and half of an open vanilla bean. Add water and stir. Let sit at least 4 hours.

Let me know what you think about these and please share your favorite combinations!

Robyn Evans is an award-winning writer, author, speaker, singer and all around lover of all things health. She started her health journey in late 2015 and is always looking for information to help people live healthier lives. Currently, Robyn is a distributor for Total Life Changes. Visit sip2health.com to view her product line or get in touch.

Disclaimer: Your use of this site means that you agree to accept this disclaimer in full. Please do not use this site if you do not agree. Unless otherwise stated, all information and resources shared on this site are the sole opinion of the author. I am not a medical professional in any way, shape or form! The purpose of my blog is to share my personal experiences with weight loss, healthy eating and well, life in general. My hope is that it sparks and inspires more people to care about their health. Maybe you’ll even laugh a bit. If so, SCORE! If you purchase any products from my sip2health.com site or any other affiliate links included in my blog posts, I would like for you to know that I will receive a commission. I am transparent. Any products recommended or featured on this site are not evaluated or endorsed by the FDA and are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or otherwise eliminate any illness or disease. ALWAYS consult a medical professional before taking this or any other advice about health. Be safe and do your own research. Thank you!