A hot summer day often calls for an icy cold treat. While ice cream and popsicles are both adult and kid favorites, they're typically loaded with added sugars and sometimes fat. Luckily, there are numerous frozen snacks that are kid-friendly, healthy, and so simple to make!
Stock your fridge and freezer with a variety of fruits and yogurts, and you'll have about all you need to make a delicious frozen treat that won't even make you miss the ice cream. For instance, simply freezing washed grapes brings a whole new excitement to the red or green fruit. Try it with chopped watermelon cubes, too! But if this doesn't impress you, bump up the flavors of frozen fruit by adding yogurt. Blueberries covered in blueberry, strawberry or vanilla yogurt (Greek or regular) and then froze are amazingly addicting.
You don't have to be a kid to enjoy a good frozen pop. But many commercial brands have added sugars in them. Try making your own by blending fruit with low-fat milk, yogurt, or 100% juice and then pouring them into molds. For a less fruity and more ice-cream-like treat, you must try a frozen banana pop. There can be many variations to the recipe below: dip the banana in strawberry yogurt and roll in chopped pretzels, or dip the banana in warm natural peanut butter and roll in mini chocolate chips. Is an ice cream sandwich more your style? Make your own healthy version by spreading thawed fat-free whipped topping between two reduced-fat chocolate graham crackers. After 2 or 3 days, they soften into a frozen "ice cream" sandwich!
There are many healthy treats to cool off with during the summer. Go try these before the summer is over!
Frozen Banana Pops (Printable PDF)
1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large bananas
½ cup lightly salted peanuts, chopped
4 wooden craft sticks
In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. Peel bananas and cut in half, crosswise, making 4 banana halves. Insert each craft stick into the end (cut side) of each banana half. Dip the banana in the yogurt mixture and then roll in chopped nuts. Lay the bananas on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for at least 45 minutes.
Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional analysis per serving: 220 calories, 10 grams fat, 5 milligrams cholesterol, 20 milligrams sodium, 25 grams total carbohydrate, 4 grams dietary fiber, 12 grams protein