I just want my frozen yogurt treat. Grrr.

Okay. I need to time travel back in history to about 2 ½ weeks ago. I hope I don’t offend anyone with what I am about to tell you. If you have a weak constitution, you may want to visit one of the blogs on my sidebar instead of reading on. I got sick. Make your acquaintance with the porcelain altar for it will become your best friend for days sort of sick. After I was feeling a little better, I felt sure that I needed to eat some food that would help the good guys in the battle raging for my GI tract. I could tell they were losing the battle big time.

I felt better enough to risk leaving the house. I went to our gourmet/health food store to buy some relief. I immediately thought Kefir would be a good thing to have. I could drink it like a shake instead of having to actually eat something like yogurt. I went to grab some Kefir but my favorite, Nancy’s, was nowhere to be found. In it’s place were commercial looking brands with labels that screamed “now with NutraFlora!”. WTF?! I don’t know what this stuff is and I am in no mood to figure it out. From what I can tell, it is some sort of fiber and the last thing I need is kefir that has been fortified with fiber. After the previous few days, the last thing I need to think about is being regular. I completed the shopping trip of desperation with a shopping cart full of yogurt, kombucha tea, amazake and a big bottle of acidophilus. I got better and life went on. For the time being, I completely forgot about NutraFlora.

                                            

I don’t eat a ton of packaged foods but there are certain things I don’t make from scratch that I enjoy a lot. Frozen desserts are part of that category. I went to Costco last week and saw that they were selling huge boxes of Julie’s frozen yogurt bars. I passed on them last week because they weren’t blackberry flavor. They were strawberry. Julie’s makes the most delicious blackberry ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet and these blackberry ice cream bars covered in dark, dark chocolate. Ohhhhhh. If those bars had been blackberry, I wouldn’t have made it to the check stand without eating them. But… they were strawberry. I left them where they sat. I went back to Costco today and saw the Julie’s frozen yogurt bars. They said “Hi Mimi. We are twelve delicious bars for $8.49. Please take us home”. I said, “Okay, please come home with me”. They were in my hand, on their way to my shopping cart when what did my eyes see? “Now with NutraFlora!” I turned the box over and didn’t see NutraFlora on the ingredients list. Just an item called fructin. Grrr. I put them back in the freezer.

I came home and started looking for information on this new ingredient that seemed to be making it’s way into all of the healthy seeming organic food. It turns out that NutraFlora is a prebiotic, meaning that it is a carbohydrate that is indestructible enough to make it to where your intestinal flora (fauna?) live. It feeds them and makes them healthy. According to the makers of NutriFlora, it is present in fruits and veggies but if you didn’t have “one serving of NutriFlora-enriched yogurt, you would have to eat about 22 bananas, 15 onions, 16 tomatoes, or 383 cloves of garlic“. Maybe this stuff is good for us, but I tend to be skeptical when they remove something from food and then enrich food that doesn’t contain it naturally with said nutrient. I am more of a whole foods gal, and I would rather eat the bananas, onions, tomatoes and garlic. It is my reasoning that if I do, I’ll get so much more nutrition than from my cup of yogurt, glass of kefir or frozen yogurt bar.

So, I made my own frozen yogurt bars and they were good. I could identify all three ingredients in the recipe.

Blueberry frozen yogurt bars

1 1/3 cups nonfat plain yogurt

1 1/3 cups frozen wild blueberries*

2 2/3 tbsp honey

Place all ingredients into a blender. Puree until smooth. Pour smoothie into ¼ cup capacity popsicle molds. Freeze until solid.

* I used frozen wild blueberries which are a small variety of blueberry. This recipe has not been tested using a larger berry. If you use a larger berry, taste the mixture before you freeze it (this is a good idea anyway since my idea of sweet may not be yours). Adjust to add more fruit and/or honey to taste. If making a change to the recipe creates more yogurt mixture than will fit in your molds, just drink it, this is essentially a thin berry smoothie.

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10 Comments

  1. Chai Chai said,

    June 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I have a love hate relationship with you webpage Mimi. I love reading and drooling over the great recipes and cooking advice that you provide, but I hate to think of how many extra calories I take in after visiting here. Ow well, I have no will power left, please please please keep them coming.

    • Mimi said,

      June 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      If it makes you feel any better, at least the recipes are healthy for you. Just think of all the extra vitamins you are ingesting which helps you run after goats and chickens!! 😀

  2. June 11, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Sick I understand – and I’m so glad the good guys won – but bananas, onions, tomatoes and garlic … together in a frozen bar … I’m sure I would loose that one. BUT I DO very much like the blueberry frozen bar! You’ve made me realize, it’s summer and that’s time to get out that mold, so we can be kids again.

    On the kitchen-sink pizza: Delightful Mimi, it’s that disagreement place that brings out the “variety is the spice of life” divergence. Do you really put pineapple on a pizza? That’s one I’ve never been able to get to;0)

    The peel to the stone … that’s always the part that makes me hold my breath even when a lot less than five pounds!

    • Mimi said,

      June 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

      The key to pineapple on pizza is that it has to be present with pork. You want ham, canadian bacon or prosciutto on the ingredients list. Otherwise, it doesn’t really work.

  3. Joanne said,

    June 12, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I always feel weird about seeing food with tons of extra random “nutrients” stuck in it. It just seems unnatural. These homemade yogurt bars – SO natural! Love em!

  4. hobbybaker said,

    June 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    LOL, I came home with a box of Julie’s from Costco too! And yes, those chocolate covered ones are incredibly dangerous. My girls love frozen pops, I’ll have to see if these will work in my quick pop maker.

  5. drfugawe said,

    June 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Sev years ago, when I had heart surgery, the surgeon told me that since they had killed all the good bacteria in my intestines, I should go down to the health food store and pick up a bottle of Primadophilus Bifidus (a probiotic). I’ve been using this stuff ever since – I suspect it teams with that stuff you found.

    Did you know that Ken Kesey’s family owns Nancys?

  6. chelsl said,

    June 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I hate eating things that I don’t know what they are! Your frozen treats look delicious, and there is a lot to be said for knowing what went into them 🙂

  7. bergamot said,

    June 21, 2010 at 7:39 am

    I love the colors of this frozen treats. Popsicles are my favourite and I just learnt that yoghurt fruits popsicles are so easy to make.

  8. July 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Goodness, I really hope that I remember this recipe. Last night, I was contemplating freezing some yogurt just to see whether it’d become some nice frozen yogurt treats for me to eat ;]


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