There is no doubt about it – sometimes a woman NEEDS some guilt-free chocolate in her life! I have a great popsicle recipe to share with you, one that I used even as I was in the midst of a mission to get rid of some extra pounds!
First, I’m so excited to share that today is my final day in the 30-day Beach Body Fitness Challenge that I committed to at the end of August! I’m very proud of myself for sticking with it. In the past 30 days, I’ve regained strength and muscle tone, lost 12 pounds and 9-1/2 total inches, and learned some valuable lessons about eating and food.
But this success didn’t come without dealing with some challenges. When it comes to weight loss (or maintenance) and fitness, I have two major weaknesses to overcome. My biggest hurdle is the monthly hormones with accompanying pain and fatigue that elevate comfort food cravings and drop my determination to work out into ‘park’ mode – as in park my lounge-pants-wearing butt on the couch with a big bowl of chocolate ice cream. My second challenge is adhering to calorie-reducing guidelines without throwing my mission of ‘one family/one meal’ completely out the window. We all know how difficult it can seem to keep ourselves satisfied when we’re on a “diet” – combine that with the challenge that constantly comes with keeping kids happy at mealtime, and it’s tempting to give up before you even start. For me, the desire to shape up without abandoning my mission provided motivation to develop more Challenge-friendly recipes and make some little tweaks to some of my family’s favorites so that I could keep my calories in check without sacrificing the flavor and simplicity of our meals together.
This recipe is decadent enough to serve as a family dessert or even the solution to a ‘that-time-of-the-month’ chocolate compulsion from which there seems to be no escape. It’s also a healthy after-school snack or toddler midday goodie, sweet soother for teething babies, and a perfectly cool and refreshing post-workout snack that’s packed with protein (to help build muscle) and potassium (which helps minimize muscle cramping) and uses healthy fats to keep you feeling satisfied until mealtime.
Be on the lookout for more family-friendly recipes (geared toward weight-loss for mommy) in the near future. There are some great recipes for lower-calorie, super nutritious snacks, meals, and even desserts on this site already! The best way to stay updated on new releases is to connect with Leah Borski Wellness on Facebook or subscribe to my email list here.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt Pops
YIELD| 8 popsicles
PREP| 5-8 minutes
FREEZE| Minimum 4 hours
2 large bananas
1/2 c. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 c. chunky natural peanut butter
2 tbsp. chocolate syrup, naturally sweetened (Nesquik and Hershey’s Simply Syrup have no high-fructose corn syrup)
1. In a medium bowl, mash bananas.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
3. Divide mixture between 8 popsicle moulds.
4. Freeze 4 hours or until firm.
|8-11 MONTHS| Use whole milk yogurt in popsicles for baby.
Omit peanut butter due to allergy concerns.
Omit chocolate sauce (babies this age don’t need the extra sweet).
12-24 MONTHS| Use whole milk yogurt in pops for baby.
Substitute creamy peanut butter if concern for choking with chunky.
Omit chocolate syrup if not ready to introduce baby to sugary sweets just yet – the banana makes it sweet enough for baby.
Per popsicle: 146 calories, 6 g protein, 8 g fat (mostly healthy unsaturated fat from peanuts), 9 g sugars (mostly naturally-occurring sugars in bananas and yogurt)
COMPARE| One leading brand chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar contains 250 calories, only 3 g of protein, 16 g of fat (10 g of which are saturated fat, making that 50% of your recommended saturated fat for the day), and 21 g of sugars (highly processed, high-glycemic index)
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