In the sweltering summer heat, it can be tempting to reach for that chocolate milkshake, ice cream sandwich, or sugary slush drink. Thankfully, cooling down on a hot day doesn’t have to mean taking in all that added sugar and unnecessary calories.
Instead, here are 4 healthy frozen treats that will satisfy your craving for something ice-cold and tasty this summer:
Nothing beats the classic combination of chocolate and banana. Simply skewer a few bananas with popsicle sticks and place them in the freezer for a few hours until they are solid. Next, dip them in dark chocolate and roll them in some crushed nuts of your choice. You can even make these in bulk and refreeze them for up to 2 weeks.
Banana “Ice Cream”
This is a great substitute for traditional ice cream, as just one serving of bananas has about 3 g of dietary fiber, 9 mg of vitamin C, and 450 mg of potassium. For deliciously creamy banana “ice cream,” simply freeze 2 or 3 bananas for a few hours and toss them into a food processor or blender. Blend or pulse until the bananas reach a smooth, soft-serve consistency. You can add a pinch of salt, a tablespoon of dairy-free milk, or even a bit of protein-loaded nut butter to enhance the flavor and healthiness even further.
Frozen Yogurt Balls
As another great ice cream alternative, you can freeze your favorite healthy yogurt for a simple, tasty treat that’s low on fat and full of calcium and protein.
For these fun and bite-sized frozen yogurt balls, use a 1 ounce cookie scoop and scoop out the yogurt onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer overnight for best results. When they’re finished, place them in a sealed plastic container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Homemade Juice Pops
With just a few cups of your favorite fruit juice and a popsicle mold, you can have homemade juice pops that beat the store-bought brands in freshness and flavor.
To start, you’ll need a popsicle mold. If you’re looking for a simple fruit juice popsicle, you’ll want to use a brand that is 100% juice and not loaded with added sugar. A few great fruit juice flavors for these pops are apple, grape, and orange, as these juices tend to have a great frozen texture and melt a bit more slowly.
Instead of using fruit juice, you can also puree any combination fruit in a blender and freeze it in your mold. This will give you a slightly chunkier texture when compared to a popsicle made of pure fruit juice. For a creamier popsicle, blend a bit of yogurt or unsweetened coconut milk with your fruit juice or fruit puree for an even more decadent yet nutrient-filled treat.