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ERIN SULLEY: Beat the heat with a yoghurt stick

Full disclosure: this was a tricky picture to take. Posing with frozen treats on a hot summer morning. You want one now don’t you? – Paul Pickett photo
Full disclosure: this was a tricky picture to take. Posing with frozen treats on a hot summer morning. You want one now don’t you? – Paul Pickett photo - Contributed

I want to introduce you to the perfect summertime breakfast treat. A treat you can eat anytime of the day. I like it best for breakfast as a quick get up and go meal on a hot humid day.

A meal that tricks the brains and makes you think that you’re cheating because it feels more like eating dessert than a healthy breakfast. A great cheat meal is when it feels like you’re cheating when you’re really not. The best!

It’s called yoghurt on a stick and it’s made of heavenly goodness. Have I sold you yet?

“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy frozen yoghurt and that’s kind the same thing.” — Unknown

I have to admit, I have fallen into the same ol’ same ol’ breakfast regime like my grandfather. The only difference is what we have each morning. My typical morning consists of yoghurt, berries, granola and nuts for breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sad about it. I love the combination. It’s easy, healthy, super simple and delicious.
Same ol’ same ol’ with a twist or rather a stick. A recipe that’s also passes the healthy, super simple and delicious test.

There are countless combinations of ingredients to use in your yoghurt stick. You can use regular yoghurt or Greek yogurt. It really comes down to personal preference. I prefer Greek for the thickness. You can use plain yoghurt but nothing says you can’t have the addition of flavoured yoghurt. The only stipulation, you need to use individual yoghurt packages.

Get creative with your yoghurt stick holder. This is the top of a container that I repurposed. You can also purchase popsicle molds that have the dipper savers build in – game changer.
Get creative with your yoghurt stick holder. This is the top of a container that I repurposed. You can also purchase popsicle molds that have the dipper savers build in – game changer.

More on why in a bit.

You can use any type of fruit your taste buds desire — strawberry, raspberry, blueberry or a combination of all. My all-time favorite with yoghurt and granola is cantaloupe. So yummy!

First things first, chop up your berries or fruit into bite size pieces. Then, take your small container of yoghurt, drain the excess liquid. Add in your fruit pieces. I’d stir it a little to mix the fruit throughout the yoghurt. Last by not least, top it off with your granola, nuts, or raisins. Again, it’s all about personal preference and making it to your liking. When adding the granola, nuts or raisins, make sure you press it down a little so it sticks to the yoghurt and fruit.

Oops! I lied. That’s not the last part. #sorrynotsorry

You’re going to need popsicle sticks. Why? Well, this is the part that makes it a super cool grab and go breakfast. Take the popsicle stick and poke it down through the middle of the yoghurt. There we go – now we’re complete.

“The older I get, the more often I find that frozen yoghurt fixes most things.” – Whitney Myer

The yoghurt I’m using for this column is the foil peel back, which is fine, however, it’s not going to prevent the drips. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the worst while eating any frozen treat. But, there’s an easy solution. Buy the small yoghurt cups with the plastic tops. Ugh! I know, plastic is the devil but if you have to buy it you may as well try to put it to good use. Or you can use the endless types of molds that are available for popsicles.

Get creative with your yoghurt stick holder. This is the top of a container that I repurposed. You can also purchase popsicle molds that have the dipper savers build in – game changer.
Get creative with your yoghurt stick holder. This is the top of a container that I repurposed. You can also purchase popsicle molds that have the dipper savers build in – game changer.

“I go to great pains to find the best yoghurt and granola.” – Ezra Koenig

Nothing says you can’t buy the plastic lid packages once and reuse them. See, instant reuse and recycle. Gosh, this really is the most amazing recipe. Oops, there I go with a detour.

OK, back on track. Cut a small slit in the middle of the cover and stick the popsicle stick through. Once complete, place in the freezer for five hours.

When they’re ready to eat, dip the yoghurt cup in a bowl of warm water or hold over the tap to break the mold away and lift the yoghurt stick out. Remember to keep the lid on, this will catch those messy sticky drippings.

This is especially good for kids so you don’t have to follow behind with a cloth. It’s also great for adults so you don’t get it all over your hands and clothes when trying to grab a quick bite before heading out to work on a beautiful summer morning.

Yoghurt sticks are definitely fit to eat. Betcha go back for seconds in a matter of minutes. Enjoy!

Erin Sulley is a self-confessed foodie who lives in Mount Pearl. Email erinmsulley@gmail.comTwitter: @ErinSulley Instagram: @erinsulley


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