Remember when the words “low sugar” and “all natural” were not in your vocabulary? If you were like most kids, you didn’t think about the nutritional value of your food. You just knew the ice cream you bought from the ice cream truck tasted amazing or that the hot dog at the ball park had to be smothered in condiments. These were some of the unspoken rules of summer. As you get older, however, you learn what’s good for you and what’s not. But eating healthy doesn’t have to take away the fun of the season. Summer food can actually be quite delicious and nutritious at the same time!
These cantaloupe and cherry popsicles are a fantastic way to enjoy a summer treat that does your body good. Cantaloupes contain carotenoids, which is the yellow, orange or reddish pigment synthesized by plants. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two forms of carotenoids that are needed for the proper function of your eyes. So, eating foods like cantaloupe could protect you from macular generation and cataracts. They’re also a good source of vitamin C, folate and potassium.
This recipe is sure to please your taste buds — and it’s simple to make. Just place the popsicles in the freezer overnight, and it does all the work while you sleep. When you wake up, you’ll have a refreshing treat to beat the summer heat.
- ½ a cantaloupe, cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- ½ cup Chobani vanilla Greek yogurt
- ½ cup cherries, pitted and cut in half
- Remove the skin from the cantaloupe and cut flesh into cubes. Put cantaloupe pieces in the blender with the Greek yogurt, agave and lemon juice. Puree until smooth.
- Place a few cherries at the bottom of the popsicle mold. Pour cantaloupe purée into molds. Stir lightly with a spoon to suspend cherries in puree.
- Place stick in the mold and freeze overnight.
- Run hot water over the sides of the molds to remove popsicles, and enjoy!