Well it’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but we’re (finally) settling in nicely. I’m so glad that summer is here in full swing.
So, my inspiration for this post came from my recent trip to the local market, where I saw a bag of fresh key limes. Immediately my mouth began to water as I imagined a cool, creamy key lime pie (which is one of my all-time favorite dessert flavors). However, at six weeks post-partum, I just received the “okay” to start exercising and finally working towards my goal of fitting into my pre-pregnancy jeans. Obviously making (and eating) key lime pie isn’t exactly a step in the right direction! However, I recently stumbled on a recipe for Lemon-Buttermilk ice pops and thought “What if I can tweak this a little to taste more like the key lime pie I’ve been craving and make it a little (or a lot) more healthy?”
Now I know what you’re thinking, Buttermilk? In an ice pop? Weird. But stick with me here. I’m not one of those people who enjoy a nice cold glass of buttermilk. In fact, it has always tasted a little like spoiled milk to me (but I love to cook with it!). So when I ran across this recipe I was intrigued. Well, after a few adjustments (including some good ol’ French Vanilla Designer Whey), it’s now one of my (and my daughters’) favorite summer time treats! Buttermilk provides a creaminess and tang that balances the key lime flavor perfectly, without adding a heavy amount of fat and calories. It just works! These ice pops are not only super delicious and refreshing, but a cinch to whip up. I also feel confident letting my girls make this with only minimal help (and mess!). Not to mention I love having a homemade dessert in the house that is healthy, too.
Somehow I have a feeling that “Key Lime Ice Pops” will be enjoyed in our house a lot this summer… hopefully in yours, too!
Till next time!
Key Lime Ice Pops (Adapted from Whipped)
2/3 cup Stevia-in-the-Raw
5 TBSP fresh key lime juice
2 TBSP key lime zest
Pinch of salt
1 scoop Designer Whey French Vanilla Protein Powder
1 2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
Whisk Stevia, lime juice, lime zest, salt and protein powder in 4-cup measuring cup until sugar dissolves. Whisk in buttermilk.
Divide mixture among ice pop molds and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 5 days. (Yields 6-8 ice pops, depending on mold)
Total nutritionals for entire recipe: 278 Calories; 32g Protein, 0g Fiber, 6g Fat, 25g Carbs, 22g Sugar.
Per popsicle (Yield 6): 46 Calories, 5.3g Protein, 0g Fiber, 4.16g Carbs, 3.6g Sugar.