This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Blue Diamond. I’ve been choosing Blue Diamond at my local markets for several years now, long before I became part of the Blue Diamond Tastemakers program.
Last month I was sharing a whole bunch about the new-to-me Blue Diamond deliciousness. Honestly, I have been really impressed with all the new products and flavors that Blue Diamond has been rolling out over the past several months. The flavors are bolder and better than I expect before tasting them, the protein content in the nut-thins hit my happy spot, and adding some coconut to the deliciousness of Almond Breeze is a flavor combo I’ll never complain about.
In terms of impressing me, the newest fresh-to-the-shelves product I’ve received to review has been no different: Hint of Honey Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk. It’s rich and creamy with a slight sweetness that rounds out the flavor perfectfully. I’ve tried it latte-style with the help of my Mr. Coffee Latte, to thin out my post-workout smoothies, and as a substitute for water in my morning oats. I’ve also used the honey-delicious-AlmondBreeze in an ice pops recipe I share below because I’m all about the cooling-down these days.
I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but here in the CDNY it seems that we’ve skipped right over spring and headed straight for early summer. We have one window unit air conditioner at the apartment, which we keep in the bedroom because sleeping well is a top priority for my overall health. This means all the other rooms of THS HQ can double as a hot yoga studio, even when the oven remains in the off position. [Let’s not talk about what it feels like when I dare to turn it to the on position, okay?]
All in all, though, it’s not THAT bad. Maybe it’s the several years spent on the gulf coast of Texas, but even the hottest days here in NY seem incredibly bearable, especially with all the best tools to my disposal. I keep a pitcher of water in the fridge so I can always cool down via hydration. The back porch is a fantastic spot to spend some time when the air near my computer feels stale. My go-to at-home summer wardrobe = a running skirt and a tank, hair in messy bun on top of my head, and occasionally a BAMR band.
Another cool-down tool I’m swearing by these days are treats coming from the freezer. I’ve been making smoothies more regularly than ever before in my life and recently realized that I could easily turn all my favorite smoothies into ice pops with the help of my dollar store plastic mold. The steps are SO EASY and the outcome is well worth the [very little] effort.
Destination Beach Vacation Ice Pops
I love island-flavor freezer pops for closing my eyes and imagining the heat I’m feeling is because I’m enjoying a moment of R&R on a beach vacation.
- 1/4 cup frozen mango
- 1/4 cup frozen banana slices
- 1/2 cup frozen diced pineapple [love the Pineapple Tidbits from Trader Joe’s]
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt of choice [my favorites for smoothie as of late: Stonyfield Plain Greek, Banilla, and Vanilla Bean Petite Crème]
- 1/4 cup flaked or shredded coconut [I like the Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Flaked Coconut best]
- 1/4 – 3/4 cups Hint of Honey Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk
The steps are simple:
- Fill a single serve [16 ounce] smoothie cup with frozen fruit, Greek yogurt and coconut. Slowly add Almond Breeze to fill line on cup.
- Blend into smoothie-like consistency.
- Pour or spoon into mold and add sticks or plastic holders.
- Freeze for several hours until firm.
Frozen Pops Recipes to Cool Down with This Summer
With the addition of honey in many of these recipes, I feel especially kitchen-confident subbing in the Hint of Honey Almond Breeze Almond Milk for my own freezer creations!
Lime Pina Colada Popsicles from Back to Her Roots. Another tropical vacation straight from my apartment freezer? Yes, please!
Vanilla Peach Pops from Love and Lemons. Who would turn down a classic flavor combo like peaches & cream?
Key Lime Pie Ice Pops from Freutcake. Pie turned pop? I can get down with that. I love the gram cracker outer crust on these beauties.
Papaya Coconut Popsicles from Floating Kitchen. I love the look of a layered freezer treat – so gorgeous! And papaya and coconut are another imagine-yourself-watching-the-waves flavor combination to embrace this summer.
Bumbleberry Chia Pops from The Healthy Everythingtarian. This advice from my girl Holly in this post pretty much sums up life for me: “Wherever you are at, be there. Push forward. Eat popsicles.”
Blueberry Lemon Popsicles from Try Anything Once Culinary. High School Heather fell for berry flavored lemonade at chain restaurants and I’ve never stopped being a fan of the partnership sweet berries and sour citrus. These pops make me dream of another favorite summertime treat, Lemon Ice from Culver’s. Yummmmmmmmmmmm.
Summertime Dessert Banana Berry Acai Popsicles from Lauren Lives Healthy. I totally agree with Lauren that the best way to beat the heat come summertime are frozen treats. These antioxidant boosted treats will totally do the job in my book.
Green Smoothie Protein Pops from Eating Bird Food. These seem like a great post-workout cool down treat if you ask me!
Almond Coconut Fudgesicles from Bliss N Balance. Almond + coconut + fudge = my favorite mini-candy bar treat – an Almond Joy! I’m digging this flavor combo!
Pineapple Mint Popsicles from Fitnessista. Pineapple Mojitos are one of my favorite hot weather cocktails, and these ice pops fall right in-line with those flavors.
Watermelon Whole Fruit Popsicles from Nutrition by Angelique. These freezer treats are made with 100% fruit, using puree, slices and chunks. What a great way to amp up your fruit servings during the hot summer months!