Cool off this summer with these healthy frozen treats
Matthew Kadey, MSc, RD
When Mother Nature has turned up the dial, the only thing likely to satisfy the sweet teeth of everyone in the household is something pulled from the freezer. After all, summer heat waves leave little appetite for cranking up the oven to bake a batch of cookies. Leave those for sweater weather—not flip-flop season. While ice cream and the occasional freezie from the local corner store are a given, homemade frozen treats can give a family something more unique to cool off with. You don’t have to give classics such as popsicles the cold shoulder; you just need to reinvent them into more unique treats—guaranteed to up your Insta-game. You can do better than banana cream pie. And because these types of desserts are all freezer friendly, they lend themselves to making big batches so you have a stash in the freezer to help celebrate a summer full of sun-filled days. No ice cream maker? No problem. These creative and refreshing frosty treats are, dare we say, way better than air conditioning or a dip in a pool.
Use these ingredients to make sure your frosty treats are worthy of a nutritional pat-on-the-back.
|Avocado||high in hunger-quelling dietary fibre|
|citrus zest (e.g., orange)||a great way to add calorie-free fresh flavour|
|dried fruit (e.g., dates, cherries)||natural carbs to energize summer activities|
|Greek yogurt||provides a dose of gut-friendly bacteria|
|maple syrup||more antioxidants than refined sugar|
|nuts (e.g., almonds, peanuts, nut butters)||rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats|
|oat flakes||deliver cholesterol-busting beta-glucan fibre|
|Summer berries (e.g. blueberries)||good sources of health-hiking antioxidants|