Low Cal/ Low Fat Strawberry-Lemonade Swirl Yogurt Pops: Only 92 Calories!

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Phoebe is a tattle tale. Big time.
Soledad is a screamer. Like “I’m gonna rip your face off, if you don’t listen to me” type of screamer.
Bella. Oh Lordy, Bella. She’s a People Pleaser to a fault. And totally emotional with a capital EMOTIONAL.
Shelbi is the ruler of the universe. NOT the democratic type. The evil dictator ruler that will make you rot if you break just one tiny rule.
Warwick, well. . .he’s my husband. . .so he has a knack of looking the other way when horror is looming.
And me. . . .I’m a reality show addicted, always wondering why my hair looks crazy and won’t just look natural type of person.
It’s more a type of disorder than it is a personal trait.
And . . .I fear that while it has layed dormant for sometime, the condition is flairing up.
It’s because of  “Tia and Tamara.”
Two thirty something women who are twins and used to have a hit show (when they were teenagers) called Sister, Sister. Now they have a reality show all about their lives. One just got married. The other just had a kid.
Anyway, the show is okay.
But my real problem is their hair. Everytime I see their hair. . . . .  IT. LOOKS. SO. CUTE. 
And I KNOW. . .it’s TV. It’s not real. But it feels real.  It feels like they look like that ALL the time. Trust me, I know because I watch them for 60 minute intervals once a week.
Even though it makes me want to throw up.
Yet, still. I watch.
And its making my condition much more severe.  My neuroses are becoming red and inflamed.
Frankly, I feel a little arrogant, because I want to be cute as well.  And I think, I’m married. I should be cute for my husband. I have a kid. I HAVE FOUR. I should be cute for my kids.
And me.
I’m the one who has to look in the mirror everyday.
I want to be cute for that girl who looks back at me.
Is that okay to say? I feel like maybe its a little faux paux.
But whatever.
This is who I am.
I should just embrace it.
And then blame it on my kids, because it really is their fault anyway.
I cant have them going through life looking at their mother and thinking that sitting at a computer with ratty hair, a Whisky Langs T-shirt and underwear is what one should look like on a regular basis.
No. I want better for them.
So. . .
I’m trying to make my hair look better.
I’m trying out hairstyles daily. Weekly.
This is what reality TV has done to me. 
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On the bright side, I’m also a foodie.
And, reality shows also include cooking shows, which I watch the majority of the time.
And I’m also a writer.
With a blog.
Who would,  if given the opportunity, share with you every single thing I eat, everyday.

I’m eating sweet gherkin pickles right now.
Last night I had Spicy Sweet Spaghetti left over from my Mother in laws Vacation Bible School.
I was also going to eat a Pecan Pinwheel last night. But my husband fell asleep before he actually took the long walk from the bedroom to the kitchen pantry to get it for me.. . . .
In about 3 minutes when I finish this post I’m gonna eat Strawberry Lemondade Swirl Popsicles.
Which I am totally addicted to.
Unfortunately, I’m also addicted to that f’ing prick Gordan Ramsey.
And that British Bloke Jamie Oliver who rides the lifts eating crisps and crumpets.
Love you.
Hope you are just as weird as me.


Printed with permission from http://greenvalleyorganicslactose.com/
Makes 10, 3 oz. pops

Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade is served on a stick with our yogurt pop. Cool, creamy and satisfying, this pop is made with tummy soothing probiotics, no high fructose corn syrup, and less added sugar compared to purchased pops.

  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 (6 oz.) Strawberry Yogurts (I used Green Valley Organics)
  • 1/2 cup Plain Kefir (I used Green Valley Organics)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 Tbs. honey or agave nectar
  • 2 Tbs. warm water

  1. Peel the lemon, reserving the whole lemon for later use. Place the peel in a saucepan with water and sugar. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature. Strain and refrigerate until needed.

2.  Put yogurt and kefir in a blender; add chilled sugar syrup and blend until smooth. Pour into a liquid measuring cup.

3.  Rinse out blender, add strawberries, honey and water. Pulse until smooth.

4.  Pour the yogurt mixture into each of the molds, about two-thirds full.

5.  Top the molds off with the strawberry puree.
6.  Using a wooden skewer, poke the strawberry puree down into the yogurt mixture, swirling as you move the stick up, down, and around in the mold. *

7.  Tap mold gently to release any air bubbles.

8.  If using a conventional mold, place the top on the pops and insert sticks. Freeze until solid, about 3 to 4 hours. If using cups, glasses or unconventional molds, freeze until pops just begin to set, then insert the sticks, and freeze until solid.

 * No popsicle molds? No worries! Just use small paper cups (pictured above) cover with aluminum foil and poke your popsicle stick right on through. Easy peasy!


Tips for the Perfect Frozen Pop

  • Buy a traditional mold (there are lots on the market these days; we used Norpro, available on Amazon)) or get eco-creative and come up with some unique options of your own. Here are a few that we like: juice or shot glasses, tall skinny glasses, “Dixie cups”, yogurt cups (this can be a little big, so just fill them 2/3 full), muffin tins.
  • Stock up on sticks from your local craft store.
  • Straight sticks: To keep frozen pop sticks straight, especially with thinner pop mixtures, soak the sticks in water before inserting and/or straighten the sticks as the pops freeze. Thicker mixtures, like yogurt, usually don’t need adjustment.
  • To unmold one or two pops, run hot water over the outside of the individual mold for a few seconds. Pull gently to release the pop. If you’re unmolding the whole batch, carefully dip the mold into a sink filled with warm water.
  • While it’s best to keep pops in the mold until just before eating or serving, if you need your mold to make more pops, store each pop in its own unbleached natural wax paper bag. Enjoy pops within a week
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