Healthy Summer Treats For Beating The Heat

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The heat is on! While nothing beats chasing down the ice cream truck on a hot summer day, we all need a few healthier, less sugar-laden options to keep our cool.

Here are a few snacks to keep on hand when the sun’s out!

Frozen Watermelon Slices

Watermelon is practically the mascot of summer. It’s hard to go wrong with the cool, refreshing sweetness of watermelon, but it goes the extra mile when you freeze little slices for later. Bonus, it’s a slighty less messy way for little ones to enjoy it and it makes it easy to pick the seeds out ahead of time.

Ants on a Log

Don’t forget your own childhood favorite. This super easy snack delivers a jolt of cool, refreshing celery that’s totally portable for summertime adventures.

DIY Popsicles

Fewer things are most happiness-inducing than grabbing a homemade popsicle from the freezer. Popsicle molds are perfect for using up odd bits of juice and fruit, even cucumbers, beets, and avocado. Plus, pureeing some spinach into a popsicle is a great way to sneak in some greens for a kid going through a “no vegetables” phase.

Roasted Rhubarb Coconut Yogurt Parfait

This gluten and dairy free treat is a delightful mix of sweet and tangy with a nod of tropical tart. It’s a great make-ahead chilly treat, especially in the northern states where rhubarb is in season and ready to harvest for almost the whole summer.

Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt

Are those trips to the frozen yogurt shop adding up? How is it always so much more than you think it’s going to be? Skip the cost and the go for a healthier DIY alternative with this super easy five ingredient recipe. No special machines required.

Virgin Daiquiri

Think of all the reasons you love a daiquiri on a hot day. By just skipping the rum, kids can get in on all the frozen fun with this healthy modified recipe. Perfect for poolside, even if it’s the kiddie pool in the backyard.

Summer Fruit Terrine

While there’s still quite a bit of sugar in this terrine, it does give a healthy dose of real fruit as a more natural alternative to Jell-O snacks. The boiling process will cook out the alcohol of the rosè but you can just as easily substitute sparkling apple cider.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

A rich, chocolate dessert that’s almost as sweet and richly satisfying as ice cream, frozen bananas are easy make-ahead treats that are perfect for using up odd bits of cereal, granola, nuts, and shredded coconut.

 

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