Renowned nutritionist, Keri Glassman, gives us a reason to love popsicles again. We chatted with the dietitian to find out how these tasty treats can fit right into a balanced lifestyle. Check out her delicious popsicle recipe that benefits skin and hair health.

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Popsicles and summer go hand in hand. Like peas and carrots, or peanut butter and jelly, or rice and beans. Only way cooler and yummier.

So, as we bid adieu to summer, it’s time to enjoy one last lick before all the popsicles melt onto fall’s leaf covered ground. Sigh.

Here are 3 reasons to love popsicles (as if you needed them!):

  1. Built in portion control. You know how you can open a pint of ice cream, and next thing you know you ate the whole thing? Well, that doesn’t happen when your ice cream comes on a stick. The food gods have figured out how to ONLY put one serving in your hand, and once it’s gone, it gone! The key is to eat (or lick) slowly, enjoy and toss that stick when you’re done without going back for more.
  1. They come in real flavors. So if fluorescent blue is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear “popsicle,” then it’s time to move beyond your six-year-old self. They now make ‘em in flavors like “Coconut Mango” and “Honey Vanilla” and “Strawberry Banana”. You know, like real words that are real, actual foods with real, actual benefits that your body needs. Sometimes they are white, sometimes berry pink, but never bright blue. Your days of looking hot with a blue tongue have passed, and that’s a good thing. You should think of a popsicle not as an indulgence in something you really shouldn’t be eating, but rather as just another place, or opportunity for a little nutrition. Think of it as a frozen smoothie instead of another form of ice cream. Then, follow through with that thought by having one that backs it up. Banana or Greek yogurt in your pop? Now, you’re on the right track.
  1. They crush cravings. Sometimes you just need ice cream. You gotta have it. The ice cream man is ringing his bell and you’re not afraid to go barefoot down the street. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Popsicles are a great way to have an ace in your pocket when this emergency ice cream craving comes on. Just knowing these little frozen angels on sticks are in your freezer, waiting patiently to help you through a tough time, is sometimes all you need to either bypass that ice cream craving or making a conscious indulgence in something that feels decadent but is actually real food, doing real nutrition work for you.

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If you want the perfect end-of-summer popsicle recipe, whip up a batch of my Greek Yogurt, Goat Cheese, and Honey Popsicles. Not only are they unique and delicious, they’ll also help begin the repair of any damage the sun has done to your hair and skin this summer.

  • Honey boosts the level of polyphenolic antioxidants in the blood, improving blood flow to the skin. The enzymes and amino acids in honey are good for treating acne and reducing redness and inflammation. Honey is also magnesium rich and linked to scalp circulation for healthy, shiny hair. Buh-bye beach hair!
  • The lactic acid in yogurt is known to be a skin savior. Lactic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps remove dead skin cells, moisturizes and gives your skin a smooth glow. You know, an actual copper tone.

Freeze, lick, glow! The perfect formula to take on fall…enjoy!

Keri’s Greek Yogurt, Goat Cheese, and Honey Popsicles

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

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Ingredients

– 2 cups Greek yogurt

– 1/4 cup goat cheese

– 4 tablespoons honey

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Instructions

1. Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

2. Spoon into popsicle molds or paper cups. Freeze until semi-firm.

3. Stick wooden sticks in.

4. Freeze until frozen.

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