Can we talk about vices for a minute? In the book I’m currently reading, one of the characters mentions to another that they seem to be smoking more often, and he’s concerned. He’s not particularly concerned about her smoking itself, but more because smoking is supposed to be her vice and thus should be enjoyed. By his logic, if you’re using your vice to relieve stress, it’s no longer a vice it’s a crutch. That didn’t make me want to run out and pick up a pack of cigarettes, but I do love the concept. A vice is an indulgence that should be enjoyed.
I can think of many vices I enjoy: a good gin cocktail, a tall glass of red wine, reeeeeeeeeeeeeally stinky cheese (sorry, I love it!) But my absolute favorite vice is ice cream. Leave me alone with a container of Haagen Daas or Ben & Jerry’s and don’t even think about talking me into sharing! This is mostly while I avoid it now, because ice cream (and sugar in general, for me) becomes a crutch. Most of the time this suits my lifestyle just find.
Every once in a while though a sweet and creamy frozen treat is nice, especially now that it is getting hotter and our evening workouts are getting sweatier. Last week I was jonesing for something refreshing and decided I deserved some vice-like indulging. But when it came right down to it, I didn’t really want a pint of ice cream to hoard all to myself. I wanted something a little healthier, but still with that delicious vice-like quality, you know?
I took the popsicle inspiration that is running rampant on Pinterest, and make it work for my own lifestyle. Thus, the Paleo Peach Pie Popsicle was hatched.
I mixed up a version of a Peach Pie Protein Shake, added a few little extras, and then poured it into 4 popsicle molds. Then I let it freeze for a few hours and voila! A slightly healthier frozen treat that we’ve been enjoying all week long (I made a tropical fruit batch that I’ll share next week!) It couldn’t be easier.
Paleo Peach Pie Popsicles
Adapted from I Eat Grass
8 oz of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
5 oz of Frozen Organic Peaches
1 Frozen Banana (I keep them frozen on hand for green smoothies)
1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 TBS Agave Nectar or Honey
Cinnamon to Taste (I used probably 1/2 tsp. which I thought was awesome, Garrett liked it better with 1 tsp.)
1. Add All Ingredients to the blender and let ‘er rip!
2. Pour into popsicle molds
3. Freeze 3-5 hours