Summer is THE best time of year for this Southern California girl. I love the bright blue Idaho skies, the warm weather, and sitting outside watching brilliant late night sunsets. I love gardening, digging in the dirt and planting flats full of flowers. I love playing tennis, hiking with our dog Cooper and white water river rafting with my family. I love fresh, naturally sweet fruits of the season. And nothing screams summer more than sweet watermelon.
As a young girl, my dad and I would place a big wedge of watermelon on a plate and with our spoons, carve our way in and around the wedge, creating caverns and tunnels. Of course we saved the “heart”, the center and sweetest part of the watermelon, for last. Watermelons are pure summer delight. When blended with sweet strawberries, fresh or frozen, it turns into a refreshing drink and if then frozen it produces popsicles everyone in the family loves. I add a scoop of strawberry protein powder to create a more nutritious pop for those who want even more nutrition.
Popsicle molds are the perfect purchase for summer frozen creations. You can purchase simple molds like these very inexpensively. This size is perfect for a small 2 ounce serving but larger molds are also available when you want the “big stick” size.
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- 2 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed
- 2 cups quartered strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup strawberry-flavored whey isolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup Splenda or 2 Tbsp Truvia (optional, if you desire more sweetness)
- Place all ingredients in a container of an electric blender. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until popsicles are frozen solid, about six hours. To remove popsicles, pull each popsicle from the mold with the handle attached. If stubborn, run under a little warm water.
Add at least six hours for freezing.
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