What is a Good Healthy Cold Treat for Hot Weather?

I love ice cream, but if you have read our any of our portion control items, you know that a single ‘serving’ of ice cream is a mere 66grams, or half the size of a baseball. It just doesn’t last very long. Also, ice cream isn’t really very healthy for you. It is one of those ’empty calorie’ treats nutritionists always rail against.

Small side detail. I have a little dog who is great fun and I take lots of pictures of her. I am a member of a website for photo-minded pet owners. I noticed lots of photos of dogs licking ice cream cones and thought that was a really bad habit to allow a dog to have. On the other hand, the dogs were clearly very happy with their ice cream.

I wondered what I could give my dog that was cold and tasty like ice cream, but good for her. I knew she loved yogurt and also peanut butter. What about combining them? That’s how I, Mr. Lazy Cook, created Yogurt Peanut Butter popsicles.

The recipe is as follows: Take two cups of plain yogurt and two tablespoons of peanut butter blend them together with a couple of teaspoons of honey (to taste), pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.

This recipe produces the following breakdown: 335 calories, 6 grams of fat, 1.6 grams saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 405 mg sodium, 110 mg carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber and 31.5 grams of protein. Honey adds a small amount of carbs. This recipe includes Skippy Super Chunky peanut butter, you may have a different breakdown with a different brand, but it will be available on the container. Also, my ice cube tray makes 16 cubes, so a ‘serving’ of my recipe would be a single cube which would amount to about 32 calories, etc. A very nice comparison with ice cream. Also, don’t forget the protein. You won’t find that in ice cream, either.

This recipe yields 16 cubes which are a tasty healthy treat that you can enjoy, share with the kids AND you dog will love it, too. Mine does.



Filed under calories, healthy eating, lazy cook, men and healthy eating, portion size, recipes, Weight

3 responses to “What is a Good Healthy Cold Treat for Hot Weather?

  1. Pingback: If You Must Eat Ice Cream … « Two Regular Guys Talking about Food, Exercise and Men's Health

  2. These sound tasty! We also like frozen grapes, and “Banana fro yo!”

    Thanks for the recipe 😀


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