You know you have a serious problem when you dodge hail pellets the size of golf balls just to get a cup of frozen yogurt.
It's called an addiction.
The other day I was downtown because my tempermental phone needed a checkup at the Verizon store. After nearly two hours of troubleshooting with a technician, I'd grown tired and cranky and needed some sugar. I knew just where to go.
Problem: A HUGE storm had rolled into town and it was raining cats and dogs. Really. The sky was shooting bullets. I was wearing a sundress and sandals. No umbrella.
I decided to wait out the storm for a bit, but after standing in the doorway of Starbucks for 20 minutes, I couldn't ignore my craving any longer. I took off in the hail (those pellets HURT!), and beelined for Pinkberry, which was about 10 blocks away.
They recently unveiled their new flavor!
I was skeptical, but the guy behind the counter insisted it was tasty. He forced me to try it with chocolate. 😉
And he didn't stop there…next up was watermelon + original. Then coconut + lychee.
Bless his soul.
I think the Pinkberry employees were bored because the store was completely empty. Apparently nobody else is crazy enough to walk to Pinkberry in the middle of a raging hail storm.
By the time I ordered, I'd tried every flavor!
As I was enjoying my treat, I starting thinking about the amount of money I've spent on frozen yogurt during my lifetime. I'm guessing thousands of dollars. In college, I'd buy a pint every day. I'm serious, guys. And I'd eat the entire thing in a couple of hours.
Fortunately I've learned to practice moderation, but I could save a lot of money if I started making my own frozen yogurt…
And that's just what I did last night!
I found these ring pop molds at Whole Foods, and couldn't resist.
Yes, I'm five years-old.
A few days ago I saw a Bethenny Frankel recipe in Health magazine for yogurt pops. I remember it called for Greek yogurt, sugar and not much else.
I sweetened one cup of Chobani plain yogurt with stevia and added raspberries…
…Mashed it all together, scooped it into the molds…
Ring pop candy (remember those?!) have NOTHING on my ring pop froyo!
**Frozen Yogurt Ring Pops** (or bars)
1-2 cups nonfat Greek yogurt (plain or your favorite flavor)
Stevia (or any sweetener. Not necessary if you use sweetened yogurt!)
Mix-ins (Next I'm going to try banana and peanut butter!)
1. Simply mix your yogurt and scoop into molds. You can also use muffin tins lined with wax paper!
2. Freeze for 1-2 hours
These make a perfect protein-rich snack on a hot day! I ate all six within an hour…
I think this means another addiction is in the works!
Did you love ring pops as a child as much as I did?
What's your favorite summer treat?