When the weather outside heats up, it can be tempting to chase down your local ice cream man for a frozen indulgence. However, there are much healthier ways to satisfy a sweet tooth with some frozen confections made right in your kitchen. With a little prep work ahead of time, you can stay cool without adding extra inches to your bikini body. Here’s a look at some of the easy yet delicious summertime recipes that your whole family will enjoy to beat the heat.
Banana Not Quite Ice Cream
Food blogs have been swarming with recipes for “ice cream” made from little more than frozen bananas popped into the blender and mixed to smooth, creamy perfection. The natural sweetness of bananas along with a dose of potassium and fiber makes them ideal as an ice cream base. Plus, bananas will pair with all kinds of tasty mix-ins like chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla beans, or chocolate covered espresso beans.
Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day? To make this treat a little healthier, freeze your own yogurt and start with the unsweetened, low-fat variety. Add your own sugar and flavorings, since this will significantly cut down on calories when you compare your frozen yogurt to premade low-fat frozen yogurt, which is often packed with added sugar. Sandwich the yogurt between two cookies (thin, crispy varieties like ginger snaps work best), and freeze for at least 90 minutes.
Real Fruit Juice Pops
Popsicle molds are a low-cost investment that will pay off significantly over the course of the summer. Making popsicles is as easy as pouring in fruit juice and sticking the molds in the freezer. If you do want to get a little fancier, cut up whole pieces of fruit and place those inside before topping with your favorite juice.
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