Healthy Living: Fruit pops

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Beth Peralta, Registered & Licensed Dietician with the U of I Extension Office joins us to talk about a healthy frozen treat. 

Three Ideas Today: Freeze your fruit. Fruit is naturally sweet and is a great nutritious treat when frozen. Frozen grapes are easy to make and are a smart summertime snack. (For older kids and adults only due to choking risk). Other fruits that taste great frozen include cubed watermelon Swap traditional sweets. Greek yogurt is cool, creamy, and delicious. ½ cup nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt has half the calories, three times more protein, and no saturated fat compared to the same amount of ice cream. Put a blended container of yogurt in the fridge (not the type with fruit on the bottom) and freeze to enjoy later. Make your own sweet treats at home. These sweet treats are easy to make and healthier than the store bought versions! Plus, they are fun for kids and adults to make together at home. Strawberry Banana “Nice Cream”: Throw sliced bananas in the freezer overnight, then the next day blend them in a food processor with several strawberries until they are the consistency of ice cream. Red, White, and Blue Yogurt Pops Ingredients: 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt 1 cup blueberries, chopped 1 cup strawberries, chopped ½ tsp. vanilla extract 1 Tbsp. honey 8 whole strawberries Supplies: – 8 small cups – 8 popsicle sticks or candy sticks Instructions: 1. Stir together all ingredients through honey. 2. Take the whole strawberries and remove the leaves. Place a strawberry at the bottom of each cup, with the flat side down. Insert a popsicle stick or candy stick into the strawberry. (This will reduce the stick moving during the freezing process). 3. Spoon mixture into small cups, evenly distributing the berries. Re-center stick, if needed. 4. Freeze for at least 3-4 hours before serving

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