When It’s Too Dang Hot to Cook! We Chill…

If it gets any hotter, we will all sit down as a family and talk about the benefits of temporarily relocating to the North Pole (Christmas in July never hurt anyone).

So when the outside temperature is set to BROIL, the last thing we want to do is heat up the oven, slave over a hot stove, or fire up the grill! We are already paying higher electric bills to keep this A/C kicking, and when Chris grills, that heat swarms around the back patio and makes it completely unbearable!

Well, hold the heat because I have two fun, quick, no-bake recipes that are sure to keep you cooler than school this summer!

First up, these amazing Rainbow Greek Yogurt Popsicles!! Not only do they look like a work of art, they are cold, refreshing, and a super healthy option that you AND the kids will love! Greek yogurt is high in protein, and berries have incredible antioxidant properties. The best-kept secret is in the green though (wink, wink). Spinach has a very mild (if any!) taste when combined with fruits and yogurt, so you can feel good about sneaking more veggies into your kids’ day!

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This recipe is amazing, and think of all the other popsicle possibilities… Or, should I say, the “pop-sibilities” (had to). They are endless! All you need to get started are some popsicle molds and the fruits and liquids of your choice. Maybe even have a contest to see who can come up with the most delicious and creative blend! Have fun with it!

Here’s the exact recipe we used…

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Rainbow Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Ingredients:

¾ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
¼ cup blueberries
4 large strawberries
½ banana
1 cup spinach
Splash pineapple juice
¼ cup pineapple
½ teaspoon stevia

Directions:

1. In blender, puree blueberries with ¼ teaspoon stevia, set aside.
2. In a blender, puree 3 strawberries with the remaining stevia, set aside.
3. In a blender, puree the banana, spinach, pineapple, and pineapple juice, set aside.
4. Dice the remaining strawberry into small pieces, set aside.
5. In 3 separate bowls, divide the Greek yogurt so there is ¼ cup in each bowl.
6. In one bowl, combine the yogurt and strawberry puree til mixed well. Mix another bowl of yogurt with the blueberry puree, and the last bowl with the banana, pineapple, and spinach puree.
7. In a popsicle mold, evenly distribute the strawberry yogurt mixture, fill about a 1/3 of the mold. Top with a few pieces of strawberries. Follow this pattern with each of the purees, topping off with one of the purees.
8. Freeze for 3-4 hours til set. Enjoy!

Makes 6 popsicles

Nutritional information: 42 cals; 0 fat; 8g carb; 3g protein

Now on to another one of my faves…

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For those of you (like me) who love savory every now and then…even when it’s hot as hell, here’s a flavor and protein-packed chilled salad recipe that is sure to make mouths water and bellies happy.

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Chicken Summer Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1 14 ounce bag mixed greens salad
1 can low-sodium garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup red onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes
½ cup peas
1 small avocado, diced
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 1/3 cups plain nonfat Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
1 packet low-sodium ranch seasoning

Directions:

1.In a large bowl, layer all the ingredients except for the Greek yogurt and ranch seasoning. Chill til ready to serve.
2. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, milk, and ranch seasoning til mixed well.
3. Serve salad with 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt ranch and enjoy!

Makes 6 servings

Nutritional information: 340 cal; 17g fat; 22g carb; 26g protein

For those of you carb cycling and curious how it fits, this recipe—as is—is more of a Clean Cheat with the amount of fat and carbs we are combining. To make a low carb meal, simply remove the beans and peas in the recipe. To make a high carb meal, remove the avocado and egg yolks. Easy peasy!

If you have any great popsicle creations, refreshing salad recipes, or any other no-bake ideas for summer, be sure to post them on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tag me!! I’d love to see what you come up with!

Beat the heat and stay cool,

Love, Heidi

Related reading:

Chocolate Raspberry Greek Yogurt Pops
4th of July Berry Cream Parfaits
Corn and Black Bean Salsa
Healthy Summer Popsicles
Guilt-Free Banana Ice Cream


16 Comments

  1. Amanda Ramirez - October 28, 2016

    These look ggeat will have to try woth my kids!

  2. Beth - August 22, 2016

    I’m allergic to tree nuts. Can fat free milk be substituted for the almond milk, or is there another substitute you recommend? Thanks.

  3. isabelle villin - June 29, 2016

    I live in Paris and I decided to start 1rst of july your program. I bought your book. I’ve got a question about fruit. At what time and what day is it better to eat 1 or 2 ? I can’t find the information in your book or blog.
    Thanks for the answer

    • Team Powell - June 29, 2016

      Hi Isabelle: Welcome to carb cycling! Fruit is a carb in carb cycling, and one portion can be the carb portion of any high carb meal or breakfast also. 🙂

  4. Shannon - June 28, 2016

    Not a fan of stevia, what would you recommend as an alternative?
    Thanks!

  5. Rita - June 27, 2016

    Hi Heidi, I just wanted to say how incredibly amazing you and chris are !! The motivation and inspiration that you guys instill in people is unbelievable. I have made the choice to take control back of my weight and life . I am trying to stay motivated but sometimes it’s hard . I am having so much trouble with keeping a routine when it comes to my eating schedule. I am a pharmacy technician and my hours are always different. So i try to stay away from all carbs and trying to get as much as protein and vegetables in as well as some fruits and dairy. When it comes to my excercise i am on my feet all day so when i get home in exhausted, i just joined a local gym its kinda like a planet fitness , i am from montreal so we don’t have the actual planet fitness but sometimes similar. I would love to loose at least a 100 lbs , i now weigh 265lbs. I am lucky to have the support of my amazing boyfriend and family but sometimes they become a little to much, i know they just want to see me healthy and happy. I don’t want to let them or myself down. I want to succeed so much this time at getting to my goal 🙂 If you have any diet or excersice types for a beginner I would be so honoured! 🙂 🙂

    • Team Powell - June 28, 2016

      Hi Rita: We have some great tips for you! Check out Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. It contains all the tools you need to achieve your transformation goals! You can do this!

  6. Alexis - June 27, 2016

    Do you have any vegetarian ideas ? Thank you

    • Hollie - June 27, 2016

      You could omit the chicken? Add more beans if you like for protein.

    • Team Powell - June 28, 2016

      Yes! You can use tempeh, tofu, hemp, bean, and pea proteins. Hope that helps!

  7. Leslie Trewhella - June 27, 2016

    These recipes sound so good and easy! Will definitely be trying them. Thank you.

  8. Tiffany - June 27, 2016

    Thanks Heidi! We live in Tucson & feel your pain! Also have a 9 y/o son, so the Popsicle recipe is perfect! ?

  9. Jaime - June 25, 2016

    Hi Heidi, can you tell me what the difference between whey protein and organic plant based protein powder is? Thanks so much! Love your blog!

    • Team Powell - June 26, 2016

      Hi Jaime: You’ll need to compare labels to compare any macro information, but whey protein powder contains dairy, and plant based powder would not have dairy included, so it’s a great vegan option. Chris and Heidi recommend low fat, low carb powders with around 20 grams of protein per serving. Hope that helps!

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