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.

Tony

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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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