Lemon Froyo Protein Pops

Lemon Froyo Protein Pops

  • Yield:8 servings
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Time:10 minutes

Here’s a fun way to get a nice amount of protein and a decent amount of vitamin c into a small package!!

If you are feeling the need for something cold and citrusy to remind you of summer, here ya go. This winter has been way too long for my tastes, and I am looking to squeeze a little summer into my life any way I can. For those in warm climates, these pops will give you a cool and refreshing way to ‘protein’ yourselves up! As I write this, I’m totally craving one!

Some people like things more lemony and some people like just a hint of lemon. I am one of those who likes a hint of lemon. These bars came out a bit too lemony for my tastes but they are still mouthwatering! Next time, I would make them with about half the amount of lemon. The Greek yogurt also adds to the creamy tanginess of the bars.

There are merits to using the actual fruit of the lemon rather than lemon or even lemon juice. The fruit of the lemon makes it taste more real and 3D; honestly, that’s the only way I can describe it! It lends a different quality I can’t quite put my finger on, so I will go with what is more tangible. Besides being loaded with vitamin c, lemons are a mild diuretic, lemon juice aids in detoxification, they help digestion by tricking the liver into producing bile, they help regulate blood sugar by slowing down nutrient absorption, they contain pectin which helps you lose weight and feel fuller for longer, and they give you energy by releasing negative ions into your digestive tract. What the heck are negative ions? You know that fresh feeling in the air after a good rain? You are feeling negatively charged ions, which are beneficial to your health. The scent of lemons also has an effect on the limbic system of the brain (your emotional centers) inducing happiness. The rinds also made the garbage disposal smell amazing for about 3 days!

Ingredients:

  • 3 scoops of EFX Sports vanilla Pure Whey, Isolate, or Protein 6 (nutrition calculated with EFX Pure Whey)
  • 1 ½ cups nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 packets of stevia sweetener
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼- ½ tsp. turmeric ½ – 1 lemon (I used one and that was yummy, but ½ would have been better in my opinion)
  • Ice pop mold
  • Ice cream sticks

Directions:

Wash the lemons well and remove the stickers. Remove the rinds and the seeds. Keep the rinds but throw the seeds away. Chop the rinds up into really small pieces. Put all of the ingredients into the blender, except the lemon, and blend. Add ¼- ½ the amount of lemon you have (both the lemon ‘meat’ and the peel). Blend for a couple minutes, and then taste it. If you want more lemon, add it bit by bit until it’s perfect for your taste buds.

Pour through a strainer into a pitcher so you won’t get chunks in your bars—to make the mixture go through the strainer faster, take a spoon and mix it around until you have a bunch of leftover dry pulp. Put that down your garbage disposal and it will smell great for days! Pour the yogurt mixture into the pop mold, set the sticks in, and put them in the freezer for 4-6 hours. If they are difficult to remove from the mold, immerse the mold almost up to the top in hot water for a few seconds and wiggle them out. Store them for a few days in a freezer safe container, preferably on their thin-sides so they will be easier to remove. They like to stick to the container they are stored in.

Nutrition:

Calories: 78.5
Protein: 11.78 g
Fat: .86 g
Carbs: 6.86 g

References: https://draxe.com/benefits-of-lemon-water/