Do you ever get a totally random idea and know you have to go through with it? That’s what happened for me with these pineapple protein smoothie popsicles!
I hate those protein shakes (because they usually taste gross and have all sorts of chemical additives), but I also know I need to makes sure I get enough protein in my diet, especially because I CrossFit, Zumba, paddleboard, rock climb, hike, etc. on a regular basis. I love popsicles and needed more protein, so I came up with the idea of a pineapple protein popsicle.
These healthy and delicious pineapple popsicles are such a delicious treat after a workout or day of fun in the fun!
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Clearly they can be enjoyed any time, not just after a workout, but they seem like the perfect way to cool down and rebuild!
You can add extra fruit, if you’d like, but I’m staying the summer in Hawaii and have fresh, ripe pineapple practically following me home from the store.
You can use fresh, frozen, or canned pineapple (but of course fresher is better!)
Depending on the size of your molds, this recipe should make 6-8 popsicles.
When I first made these, I was a little afraid afraid the texture would be strange. I quickly discovered that, as long as you blend the smoothie well, the texture is amazing!
Adding in some orange juice, bits of mango, or other tropical fruits is an easy way to change up the flavor so you can make batch after batch without feeling like you’re always eating the same thing.
I recommend looking for a cottage cheese with a lower sodium content – some cottage cheeses are really salty!
I like to choose Organic Valley brand cottage cheese. No, this post isn’t sponsored by them – I just think they’re the best!
Unlike some companies that mislead you with photographs of happy dairy cows in front of red barns to disguise their cow and farmer mistreating corporate practices, Organic Valley is United States’ largest dairy cooperative and is comprised of many family-scale farmers. I’ve never been disappointed by their products and they consistently receive high marks from independent agricultural monitoring organizations.
No matter which brand of cottage cheese you buy or what fruits you use, you’re going to need some popsicle molds!
I currently own two different sets of plastic molds, but I have my eye on these silicone molds.
- Reliable Quality Popsicle Molds:Our molds are made of food grade silicone-FDA approved -BPA free, ice pop molds make 4 different tastes at one time....
- Reusable and Non-Sliding: Each Popsicle Mold come with 4 reusable sticks.A pliable silicone provides a soft touch to you, while stay upright bottom...
- Eco-Friendly, Easy Release: Reusable ice pop maker' sticks help you cut down on buying wooden sticks, while abrasive surface give more grip to sticks...
2019 update: They also make stainless popsicle molds now, which is awesome! In the time since I originally wrote this post, I’ve become much more conscious of the potentially harmful chemicals in plastic and focused one reducing my family’s waste. When my daughter is old enough for popsicles, I will definitely be investing in a set of these!
- Made from 18/8 stainless steel, BPA-Free
- Makes 6 Paddle Style Ice Pops
- Designed so that one ice pop can be removed (or re-filled) at a time
- 3/4 cup of cottage cheese
- 1 1/2 cup of pineapple, chopped or crushed
- 1 tablespoon of lime juice
Whether you enjoy these after a workout or just on a busy afternoon, I hope you enjoy these pineapple protein popsicles!
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