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 was reading a very informative article about protein sources and discovered that cottage cheese, of all things, has lots of protein. It has an average of 25 grams/cup, as opposed to Greek yogurt that usually has 17-23 grams per 8 ounce serving and ‘regular’ yogurt that has 10-12 grams/cup. 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.
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.
- ¾ cup of cottage cheese
- 1½ cup of pineapple, chopped or crushed
- 1 tablespoon of lime juice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, food processor, or by using an immersion blender. Add sugar or honey, if you'd like.
- Fill your popsicle molds, freeze overnight, and enjoy!
It’s pretty much the easiest thing ever, right?
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! I was honestly a little nervous about trying my own creation the first time, but they turned out great. 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 four molds, but I have my eye on these small silicone molds and this set of 6 from Tovolo. What’s your current popsicle mold situation? Do you have lots and lots of molds? Use paper cups and old fashioned popsicle sticks?
Whether you enjoy these after a workout or just on a busy afternoon, I hope you enjoy my pineapple protein popsicles!