A Popsicle just screams summer to me. Like everyone else, I grew up downing Freeze-E pops and chasing the ice cream truck. Today there are tons of healthy pops you can find in the grocery store that do not contain high fructose corn syrup or unnatural dyes. It can still be a little more fun to make your own sweat treat. I wonder how well muscle milk freezes? Tehe
A friend sent me this link via Facebook for an Avocado-Lime pop last week. I doctored it up and improvised with ingredients I already had at home. Here are the ingredients I used:
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 of a very ripe banana
- 1/4 cup of Warrior Whey Green Tea Protein Powder
- 1 cup of almond milk (could use coconut, soy, hemp, etc)
- 2-3 Tbsp of lime juice (1/2 lime)
- Throw all your ingredients in a blender and run until smooth
- Pour into a Popsicle mold and store in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours
I tried a pop after a very very hot and humid run with my good pal Amanda Bacon, who’s mom actually supplied the recipe. What would I do without Bacon women?It’s creamy, delicious and actually pretty filling. It tied me over until my dinner date at 8:00 pm. The healthy fats in the almond milk and avocado keep you satiated while the whey protein feeds your muscles after a hard workout. The potassium in the banana helps prevent cramping and adds sweetness. Every part of this recipe (my version) is wholesome and natural. The original recipe I referenced uses Stevia, which is a processed zero calorie sweetener that is advertised as all natural. However, Stevia is only all natural when you extract oil straight from the Stevia plant. The granulated Stevia you buy in the store has been spliced and processed to create another zero calorie product, which is why I added the banana for sweetness and omitted the Stevia.
As for the protein powder, I would have used vanilla if I had it. But I only had chocolate and a few samples of Warrior Whey’s special flavors, one of which was green tea. I will definitely make a variation of this Popsicle in the near future, or as soon as I finish all my Avocado Pops.
Have a safe and fun 4th of July weekend!