This summer, try staying healthy and happy by treating yourself to some delicious, homemade frozen treats. You can beat the summer heat with these frozen creations that are loaded with numerous health benefits. Not only are these frozen treats good for you, they are also very easy to prepare.
1. Dark Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas
Try this decadent frozen treat to stay cool over the summer. The addition of the dark chocolate and mixed nuts adds a playful sweet and salty flavor that goes well with fruit flavor from the frozen banana.
- Freeze a banana in the freezer overnight.
- Melt the dark chocolate in a cooking pot.
- Dip the frozen banana into the melted dark chocolate.
- Sprinkle the nut mix over the chocolate before it hardens.
- Flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, can be found in the dark chocolate, and can help reduce the risk of cancer, diarrhea and cardiovascular disease.
- Bananas are an excellent source of potassium.
- The peanuts in this healthy frozen treat provide a significant amount of vitamin E, iron, vitamin B1, magnesium, vitamin B2, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin B9.
- Walnuts are an excellent source of omega 3.
2. Apricot Slush
Cool off with a frozen fruit drink that beats the sugar-filled, slushies' you would normally find at a convenience store or gas station.
- 3 frozen apricots
- 2 ounces of pineapple juice
- 1 ounce of orange juice
- 1 tablespoon of grenadine
- Ice (if apricots aren't frozen)
- Dice the frozen apricots after removing their pits. Toss the diced, frozen apricots into a blender.
- Add the pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine to the blender.
- Blend everything together until you have the desired consistency, then pour into a glass and serve.
- Apricots provide vitamin A, fiber, copper, beta-carotene, vitamin C and potassium.
- Apricots can reduce the "bad" LDL cholesterol, the risk of cancer, the risk of cataracts and the risk of macular degeneration.
- This frozen treat that is both healthy and delicious can help prevent cancers like colon cancer, stomach cancer and can also help prevent stomach ulcers.
3. Whole Grain Frozen Yogurt Fruit Cups
Non-fat, frozen yogurt provides plenty of health benefits on its own, but with the addition of fresh fruits and whole grain graham crackers, it's definitely a frozen treat that is packing tons of vitamins and nutrients.
- ½ cup of non-fat, frozen yogurt
- Assortment of sliced fruit
- Whole wheat graham crackers
- Pour an assortment of sliced fruits and mix them with ½ cup of non-fat, frozen yogurt.
- Get several whole wheat graham crackers and put them into a zipper plastic bag. With a rolling pin (or by hand), crush the graham crackers into crumbly bits.
- Sprinkle the whole wheat graham cracker bits all over your frozen yogurt fruit cup.
- Be sure to get frozen yogurt made with "live and active cultures" to get the healthy benefits of probiotics.
- Probiotics are good for the immune system and digestive tract.
- Great alternative to ice cream, especially for those who are lactose intolerant.
- Significant source of calcium and protein.
4. Strawberry Banana Frosty
This frosty is a great way to drink your daily dose of healthy fruits, and makes for a great frozen treat for the summer heat.
- Slice the frozen banana into pieces.
- Throw the frozen banana pieces, frozen strawberries and apple juice in a blender.
- Add the teaspoon of honey then blend the concoction until you reach the desired consistency.
- Significant source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin K and vitamin E.
- Can help improve the immune system's functionality.
- Natural energy booster.
- Can improve kidney function, provide a healthier stomach, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.
5. Homemade Orange Creamsicles
Make your own homemade orange creamsicles for a healthier take on this classic frozen treat.
- 1 cup of orange juice
- ½ cup of low-fat or non-fat of plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons of honey or ¼ cup of artificial sweetener
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Mix the orange juice, yogurt, honey and vanilla extract in a blender and blend the mix until it is smooth.
- Pour the mix into three ounce cups, filling each cup halfway.
- Place plastic wrap or foil over each cup.
- Poke through the center of the foil or plastic wrap with a popsicle stick.
- Freeze the creamsicle cups in the freezer.
- Tear the cups off of the orange creamsicles and serve.
- Significant source of vitamin B5, vitamin C, vitamin B12, zinc, vitamin B2, potassium, calcium, protein, vitamin A and vitamin D.
- Healthier alternative to store bought creamsicles.
- Can help protect the gastrointestinal tract.
- Good snack option for diabetics.
- Can help with osteoporosis due to the calcium and vitamin D content from the yogurt.