In the heat of summer, we often reach for a cold refreshing treat to cool us down. Whether it is store-bought or homemade, there are a lot of ways to keep your frozen snacks healthy.
Here are a few easy treats to make at home.
Greek Yogurt and Fruit Popsicles
These healthy popsicles are packed with protein and fruit. First make a puree by combing your favorite berries and two tablespoons honey. In a separate bowl combine 1.5 cups non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt with one tablespoon honey. Then alternate layers of yogurt and fruit puree in paper cups. Place a popsicle stick in the center of the cup, and put the pops in the freezer for a few hours. Remove from paper cup and enjoy!
Chocolate Banana Pops
Bananas are high in potassium and fiber. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler. Meanwhile cut a few bananas in half. Insert a popsicle stick into the center of each banana half. Dip the bananas into the melted chocolate until completely coated. If you want to get fancy, roll in chopped peanuts or sprinkles. Place on wax paper until chocolate hardens and eat immediately. To stay even cooler, wrap each banana pop in wax paper and freeze for up to two weeks.
Mix together 1/2 cup fruit juice, such as orange juice, cranberry juice, or grape juice, with 1 cup of ice cubes. Then blend all ingredients and serve right away. It’s even better for you if you use fresh fruit rather than juice. This is a great treat for a hot day, especially after a run.
Yogurt is high in protein and active cultures that keep our digestive tract healthy. Start with one cup of the yogurt of your choice. Top with frozen fruit; try blueberries, strawberries, or peaches. Finally throw on chopped almonds for some extra protein and fiber. This is a delicious treat that you can enjoy at any time of the day.
Store Bought Options
We don’t always have the time to make our own treats. Luckily, there are some very healthy store-bought options as well.
Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches: Ice cream sandwiches are a fun way to enjoy a cold treat. Skinny Cow offers several flavor options, such as chocolate peanut butter, mint, and cookies and cream. Each sandwich contains 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein. Skinny Cow also offers several other yummy treats.
Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars: These bars come in fun flavors such as Apple and Greens, Strawberry and Rhubarb, or Tangerine Medley. Each frozen bar is fat-free and contains only 60 calories.