Hot Enough Yet?
Ah, it feels like the hazy days of Summer are upon us. With the heat, we often look to cool treats to refresh us on a hot day. Many of the store bought varieties are packed with sugar and artificial ingredients. I am here to the rescue with a few healthy & tasty ideas to keep you cool!
Hot Days & Cool Treats
Banana Ice Cream – Peel & freeze 4-5 very ripe bananas. In a large blender, combine about a 1/4 cup milk or dairy alternative per frozen banana. Blend until smooth. You can also add a handful of frozen berries or a tablespoon of cocoa powder to switch up the flavour. Serve immediately as a soft serve or pop into the freezer to let it firm up a bit before enjoying. My kids are totally into this right now!
Smoothies – Now is the perfect time to make delicious smoothies as a breakfast, snack or an evening treat. You can enjoy right away pour into a popsicle mold and make your own healthy individual frozen treats. Make sure to use a variety of fruit, throw in some greens and a little healthy fat to get the most out of your smoothie. Try my strawberry spinach smoothie here.
Frozen Fruit – Grapes, sliced strawberries, blueberries & mango all make for a refreshing treat eaten right out of the freezer. Wash and slice fruit as needed. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you want, you can even add popsicle sticks to bananas & roll them in hemp hearts for added protein & a little crunch. Pop into the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, put fruit into separate sealed containers to prevent freezer burn. Alternatively, purchase frozen fruit from the grocery store. Frozen produce is harvested at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen making it a great way to get your daily veggies & fruit.
Iced Tea – Experiment with various flavours of tea to make your own iced drink. Steep the tea of your choice, but in a large batch. Add a little honey to sweeten if you wish. Allow the tea to cool for an hour on the counter, then place in the fridge. The length of steeping will depend on how strong you want the flavour. Use 1 teabag for every 2 cups of water. You can add fresh lemon slices, berries or a little mint. Try fruit herbal teas to enjoy the flavours without any caffeine. Click here for some more fun inspiration from Thirsty of Tea.
Wishing you a refreshing season ahead!