Summer Is Upon Us: Homemade Smoothie Pops

Hi all! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I know I did. It’s been a beautiful past few days – summer is upon us! Finally!

My weekend consisted of a fun night out with friends on Friday, a relaxed Saturday and a sunny, active Sunday.

On Sunday morning I made the most amazing – not to mention beautiful – bowl of oatmeal.

I'm a big fan of chocolate at breakfast.
I’m a big fan of chocolate at breakfast.

Isn’t it pretty? This attractive bowl of oats was a bit of a breakfast treat but it was oh so worth it. I love having oats for breakfast. Oatmeal is so filling, low cal, and full of fibre. I never really liked oatmeal up until this year because I thought it was pretty gross (not to mention boring) by itself. Then one of my roommates showed me how she made hers with tasty, nutritious toppings and my oatmeal addiction was born. Just in case you’d like to make a bowl of oatmeal like this, you’ll need:

1/2 cup rolled oats – 1/2 cup almond milk – 1 banana – 2 large strawberries – small handful of almonds – 1 tsp raisins – 1 tbsp almond butter – 3 squares Cadbury dark chocolate – sprinkle of granola

All you have to do is cook the oatmeal and almond milk for 2 minutes in the microwave. Take out and stir at the 1 minute mark. Once its finished, add all the yummy toppings and enjoy! Simple as that.

Sunday afternoon was warm & sunny so I spent the afternoon at the park with my boyfriend, my sister & Bella (my dog). We had so much fun being active and enjoying the gorgeous weather. When we returned home we were all tired out. Especially Bella.

Sunday afternoon snooze
Sunday afternoon snooze

While Bella was enjoying her nap, I was in need of a cold summer treat. I bought some popsicle molds last summer but had yet to put them to use. Well, there’s no time like the present. I wanted to make a healthy version of popsicles without all the sugar and artificial flavourings. An easy way to make your own homemade popsicles is to make a smoothie and freeze it into the popsicle molds. It worked great! This is how they turned out:

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I made mine mango-banana flavoured, but you can really use any smoothie you want. These guys are low cal, low fat, and all-natural. Ya can’t beat it!

Homemade Mango-Banana Smoothie Pops:

1 mango – 1/2 banana – 1/4 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt – 1/2 cup 100% pure orange juice

Blend ingredients in a blender and pour into molds. Freeze overnight.

I like to enjoy these popsicles as a refreshing, mid-afternoon snack.

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I hope you like them!

I’ve got a busy week of work and school registration ahead of me (yay for transferring universities). I’m ready to make it a productive one!

Bye for now!

Hannah

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