As a child I had a terrible sweet tooth, oh hell who am I kidding? I have a terrible sweet tooth! However, I also have far too many pounds that are testament to a long and sordid history with food. I, of course, don’t want to blame myself so instead I blame my Grandpa Meiners who doted on me as the first grandchild and the apple of his eye. He came from a background of deprivation as did many from then. His and my grammas story would make a good post for another day. Suffice it to say they raised a family during The Great Depression and were not able to give their children many of the “niceties” of life. So when I came along two decades later he lavished on me everything he could. What stands out in my mind the most was of course food! The Easter baskets he gave me as a kid in the 1950’s were wondrous to behold and the start of my lifelong love/hate relationship with food.
So here I am six and a half decades later still trying to resolve the issue of comfort foods when I saw a post on spontaneous tomato about Thai Ice Tea popsicles. I never really “got” the idea of lumps in my drink so I don’t care for it, but it got me thinking about my favorite popsicles as a kid. I absolutely loved Creamsicles and could eat them to sickness (which I often did). But now with my need to have a healthier diet I have become a fan of greek-style yogurt. So I decided to experiment a bit, perhaps the longer I played with my food the less of it I would eat!
I don’t have exact measurements here-just whatever works for the size container you have. But very simple greek yogurt and frozen concentrated orange juice. Yes, I know that I could use fresh squeezed but geez Louise I can’t change everything all at once! If you want fresh squeezed go ahead, after all the idea is for you to make what you like. I find though that I don’t need to add any sugar/sweetner since the concentrate already has enough. Mix it to taste with the greek yogurt ( I keep the honey yogurt on hand) to the proportions you want. The fun part is tasting to see if you got it right. That’s it! Then you just spoon it into your popsicle holder thingy and you’re set. I like the holders Allison has because when they drip you have a built-in straw, but I found my bunny ears for a buck. Besides in some small way it reminds me of the gigantic (solid!) rabbits grandpa would stuff in those Easter baskets!
So have fun, play with your food and find new healthy ways of eating. After all Paula Deen isn’t the only one who needs to watch her diet!