It’s summer time which in our house means a surplus of beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables and trying to find inventive ways to keep cool. Homemade popsicles are an amazing way to cool down and get your dessert fix, all the while knowing (and controlling) each and every ingredient your family is eating. I ended up with a bajillion (that’s a real number right?) blueberries in my fridge this week so I broke out the popsicle mold and got to work.

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I’m always looking for ways to get farm fresh nutrients into my little one, and my husband for that matter. The combination of Greek Yogurt and Blueberries makes for some amazing health benefits and as you can see she devoured it. In fact, she likes them so much, I’ve been using them as incentives to pee and poop in the potty (one battle we’re fighting right now).

 

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This is her asking me for more after she finished it!

 

Benefits of Blueberries:

  • Loads of Vitamin C! If you’re looking for an immune booster these little berries provide 25% of your daily Vitamin C which can also help with collagen production, healthy gums and healthy eyesight!
  • Heart Healthy- Hand your husband a popsicle or two and it may counter the effects of heart disease and plaque buildup.
  • Brain Food- Eat at least three servings a week and you may see significant improvement in your brain function, notably your memory, which, as a mom, is gravely lacking these days.
  • Reduce the Risk of Cancer and UTIs- Antioxidant rich foods like blueberries neutralize free radicals which are linked to the development of cancer. Similarly they fight bacteria that can grow in the urinary tract and cause infections

 

Benefits of Greek Yogurt:

  • Protein- Essential for everyone, protein assists in the repair and buildup of tissue and can also keep you and your little one full for longer on less calories- win win!
  • Probiotics- Fill your body with these good bacteria and they will go to work fighting the bad bacteria in your gut, ultimately leading to good digestive health and happy poops.
  • Potassium- This little macromineral is responsible for maintaining good cardiovascular health and strong bones and muscles. It can also help to balance a high sodium intake.
  • B12- A deficiency in this vitamin could be one of the reasons you are so tired all of the time. Greek Yogurt is chock full of it, and is vegetarian friendly to boot!
  • Slimming! Greek Yogurt is a metabolism booster! It helps regulate your thyroid through it’s Iodine content.

Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

makes 6 popsicles

  • 1 cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of Maple Syrup
  • 4 cups of blueberries

Directions: In a blender mix together the greek yogurt, vanilla, maple syrup and 2 cups of blueberries. In a separate bowl gently mash the remaining blueberries and fold together with the blender mixture. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze!