When the sun is at its highest, your first thought might be to grab a soda or guzzle an ice cream cone. While you should do yourself a favor and get something deliciously cold, it can be healthy and good for you at the same time. Here’s some cold healthy treats to beat the heat that you’re sure to enjoy. You can start with banana ice cream, which has banana, but absolutely not milk…sugar…or any other ingredient. It’s really easy and extremely yummy. Just chop up a banana to one inch circles, place it on a cookie sheet keeping each slice separated and put it in the freezer. I mash my frozen bananas until it’s ice cream consistency. It’s yummy and delicious,, while also providing an ice cream alternative for anyone lactose intolerant.
Make delicious fruit sorbet.
Fruit sorbet can be made with almost any fruit, although some fruit is not nearly as sweet and may need the addition of other fruit. Cut up chunks of fresh fruit, place them on a cookie sheet to freeze and prevent them from sticking together in the process. Freeze them overnight and them put them in a blender that crushes ice. It won’t take long before they’re a smooth creamy sorbet. To get an extra shot of sugar to combine with less sweet fruit add these sweet fruits, persimmons bananas, grapes, mangosteen, papaya and jackfruit.
Fresh fruit popsicles will have the kids begging for some too.
You need a Popsicle mold and some sticks to make these, but the rest is a breeze. While this recipe contains strawberries, kiwis, blueberries and raspberries, experiment with all types of fruit. Cut one peach into ½ inch slices (this will make about a half cup.), add ½ cup each blueberries and raspberries, ¾ cup finely cut strawberries and 2 kiwis, peeled and cut into quarter inch slices. Mix the fruit well in a bowl and put it in the Popsicle mold. Pour in no-sugar-added 100% white grape juice to fill in the gaps, You’ll need about 2 cups of it. The last step is to add sticks and freeze. They come out beautiful to look at and yummy to eat.
Make fresh fruit and fruit juice slushies.
Making a slushie doesn’t require hardly any time, but it does require a lot of time but it does need a blender. Just throw in a cup of ice with a half cup of juice and blend away.
It’s ready to cool you down in just a minute. If you’re like me, you probably have some fresh fruit in the refrigerator, throw a handful in with the juice for a special treat. You can use almost any kind of juice and even substitute some of the ice with frozen fruit.
– Peel and chop cantaloupe into bitesize pieces or do the same with any other type of melon, including watermelon. Put it in a covered bowl in the refrigerator and grab a piece or two for a cool sweet treat when you want something sweet and refreshing.
– Keep bottled water ready to refresh you in the refrigerator. I love my water, so I diligently keep a container always ready in the refrigerator for a refreshing drink.
– Who says a treat has to be sweet. Chop celery and make a low cal veggie dip to have it ready in the refrigerator when you need a treat that is cold and low calorie.
– Peel and slice cucumber sticks and tomato wedges. Put them in the refrigerator. Drizzle a few with balsamic dressing when you’re ready to eat and it’s a low cal delicious snack.