Popsicles: Kid-pleasing and parent-approved
Editor's Note: It's summer and this year it's a hot one. Who can deprive their kids (or themselves) a cold, sweet treat on an 80-degree afternoon? But you don't have to hand out Otterpops — bolster the nutrition of a summer classic with this tofu twist that relies on the natural sweetness of fruit instead of a truckload of sugar.
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Fruity Protein Popsicles
These are a good way to sneak healthy protein and less sugar into what is usually a high-sugar treat.
Makes six Popsicles
1 cup strawberries or blueberries
14-ounce container silken tofu
1/2 cup orange or apple juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon mint extract (optional)
In a blender, mix all ingredients well. Pour mixture into Popsicle molds or small waxed paper cups. Add Popsicle sticks. Freeze until solid. Take out of freezer 20 minutes before serving for easier removal.
Recipe by Alicia Guy, PCC Cooks instructor