Yogurt Parfait Breakfast Popsicles

One of my clients passed this recipe on to me the other day.  I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but it looks super yummy and easy to make!  Enjoy 🙂

Yogurt Parfait Breakfast Popsicles

Makes 6 popsicles

1 1/2 pints strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped (around 3 cups chopped)
1/4 cup sugar (or honey)
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
2 to 3 tablespoons honey
3/4 cups granola

Combine the strawberries and sugar (or honey) in a small saucepan and stir gently to combine. Let the berries macerate on the counter for at least 10 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and syrupy.

Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a rapid simmer. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until the strawberries are thick and jammy. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. You should have about 1 cup of jammy fruit. (At this point, the strawberries can be refrigerated for up to a week.)

When ready to assemble the popsicles, whisk together the yogurt, 1/4 cup of the milk, and 2 tablespoons of honey. The yogurt should be thick, but pourable (roughly the consistency of regular yogurt). If needed, whisk in a little more milk. Taste and add more honey if desired.

Scoop out 1/4 cup of the yogurt mixture and stir it into the granola. This will help the granola freeze into the popsicles.

Arrange 6 popsicle molds (1/2 cup capacity) on your work surface. Pour a generous spoonful of yogurt into the bottom of each mold. Add a scoop of granola and then a spoonful or two of strawberries. Continue layering yogurt, granola, and strawberries until the molds are filled. Tap the molds lightly agains the counter or use a popsicle stick to work out any air bubbles between the layers.

Insert popsicle sticks into each mold and place the popsicles in the freezer. Freeze until solid, at least 6 hours.

To unmold, run the popsicle molds under hot running water for a few seconds and gently easy the popsicles out of the molds. Popsicles will keep in the freezer for several weeks.

Recipe Notes

  • You can substitute 1 1/4 cups of regular yogurt for the Greek yogurt. As long as it’s pourable, there’s no need to thin the yogurt any further.
  • The strawberries can be replaced with an equal amount of any other fruit.
  • You can also substitute 1 cup any flavor of jam or fruit preserves for the berries. Skip the jam-making step and proceed with assembling the popsicles.
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Cold vs. Heat

I often get asked the question during a massage treatment, do I use cold or heat for this?  In order to answer that question, we must first consider what types of situations that cold or heat would be used.

Cold or Cryotherapy

Cold therapy is used primarily when there is inflammation in an area.  The cold helps to suppress the pain and also to reduce swelling in the tissues by causing a decrease in blood flow.  After an acute injury, usually within 24-48 hours, cold is used.  If you are sore and tender after a massage, cold can help to reduce this tenderness. Massage therapists will sometimes use ice during a treatment while performing frictions to breakdown scar tissue.  Ice packs are the most common form of cold therapy but you could also use a cold compress, a bag of frozen peas, or submerse the body part in an ice bath.  Cold therapy is very effective at lessening the pain associated with menstrual cramps.  A typical application of cold would be 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, and so on as often as needed.  Always be sure to wrap the ice pack in a cloth so it is not touching your skin directly to avoid frostbite.

Heat

Heat therapy is used to loosen up tight or stiff muscles, increase blood flow to an area, and decrease pain.  You should never apply heat to an acute injury (within 48 hours) as it will increase the bleeding and swelling.  Heat therapy would be typically used when a more chronic or long standing condition is present.  There are many forms of heat therapy including hot water bottles, wheat bags, warm compresses, thermophores (electric moist-heat pad), or hot baths.  An application of heat would be anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the type of application being used.  Sometimes massage therapists will apply heat to a patient prior to treatment to help to soften the tissue and to increase relaxation.

No matter which form you use, hydrotherapy can be a very effective way of reducing pain and tenderness.