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Pineapple Protein Post-Workout Smoothie Popsicle Recipe

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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.

Pineapple Protein Smoothie Popsicles

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.

pineapple protein popsicles

Pineapple Protein Post-Workout Smoothie Popsicle
Recipe type: popsicle
  • ¾ cup of cottage cheese
  • 1½ cup of pineapple, chopped or crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender, food processor, or by using an immersion blender. Add sugar or honey, if you'd like.
  2. 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.

Pineapple smoothie popsicle

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!



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  • marieken August 20, 2013, 07:11

    I like eating cottage cheese on a sandwich, with avocado or tomatoes. I never thought you can eat them like that!

    • natashalh August 20, 2013, 10:18

      Those are great ideas! I need to try them out. I have a strange fondness for cottage cheese. Thanks so much for stopping in!

  • Kathryn Stratford August 22, 2013, 17:39

    I love it! Refreshing, full of protein. I wouldn’t have thought to use cottage cheese, either, but it makes sense. Pineapple tastes awesome on top of cottage cheese, so I am sure they taste good together as a popsicle!
    I definitely want to try this sometime 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us, and have a great day!
    ~ Kathryn

    • natashalh August 22, 2013, 21:59

      Thank you for stopping by! I am really not sure where the idea came from, but it works really well. I want to make more, but I’m no longer in Hawaii (as of yesterday) and I feel like I should try using what’s fresh here and now locally.

  • Alexis AKA MOM August 28, 2013, 15:53

    I never would have thought of that. Great post work out treat. Stopping by from Velvet Moon Baker blog hop.

    • natashalh August 28, 2013, 15:54

      It was a pretty random though. I’m glad it turned out so well! Thank you for stopping by.

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