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Summer Sensation

Very Berry Yogurt Pops

My go-to berries are a mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.  The lemon juice and berries create a tangy-sweet treat for hot summer days. Use your favourite berries and even try out flavoured yogurt!

2 cups fresh or frozen berries of your choice
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt

If using frozen berries, thaw in microwave (about 1 minute) or gently warm on the stovetop (5-10 minutes).

Combine the berries and sugar in a small bowl. Let stand about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The fruit will soften and become syrupy.

Pour the berries and syrup into a food processor or blender. Add the lemon juice and pulse a few times until the fruit is pureed.

Add yogurt into the berry mixture and blend. Pour into moulds and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight.

To remove, run hot water over the outside of the mould until you can gently pull the popsicles out.

Makes 6 popsicles (3-ounce moulds)

Five ways to make the most of summer produce

Mix it up: Experiment with your favourite recipes by swapping out ingredients for in-season items. Why not trade out chicken for eggplant for a summer twist on chicken parmesan?

Go green: Local leafy greens are in abundance through the summer months. Stay energized for fun in the sun by making hearty salads or adding greens to smoothies.

Try new things: Great deals on fruit and veggies provide an opportunity to try foods and flavours you may be unsure about trying out in the winter months. For every three veggies you pick up at the market, try to choose one new item that you haven’t tried before!

Save some for later: Freeze berries on baking sheets then transfer to freezer bags to stock up. Root veggies will last well into the fall if stored in a cool dark place.

Explore: Use hunting for the best summer eats as motivation to plan a weekend adventure or day trip. Visit a market in a new community!  

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