Summer is in full swing, and although Chicago hasn’t been sweltering, there’s still nothing that says “summa time” better than an ice-cold treat (other than a Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff song, of course.) But before you reach into the freezer, remember that many of your store-bought favorites are loaded with added sugars, fat, and artificial colors and flavors. While these options are fine when eaten in moderation (not everyday) and in the appropriate serving sizes (½ cup for ice cream), many of us don’t have the willpower to do so. Check out these healthy DIY recipes – not only are they delicious, but they’re high in fiber, full of vitamins, and contain all natural ingredients.
Banana Blender Ice Cream
Mix up a frozen banana in a food processor or blender and you get this wonderful, creamy ice cream! One cup has 1/4th the calories of regular ice cream and zero added sugars and fat. This ice cream is great by itself, but it can also be enjoyed with mix-ins like peanut butter, cocoa powder, or spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger). Get the full recipe at The Kitchn.
Chocolate Kiwi Popsicles
Packed with more vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange, kiwis are a great choice for a summertime treat. For this recipe, thick slices of kiwi are dipped into a decadent mixture of chocolate and coconut oil.
Bananas make the list again, but this time transformed into popsicles. Bananas provide some good nutrients and are full of fiber, vitamin C, B6, potassium, and magnesium. Get creative with different flavors and topping ideas (yogurt/Graham Cracker crumbs or peanut butter and oats).
Watermelon Whole Fruit Popsicles
Nothing is more refreshing than a fruit bar on a hot summer day! Try out this recipe that’s made with all fruit and nothing else!
Simply Frozen Fruit
Want to keep it simple? Freezing fruits are the easiest way to create a frozen snack. Just pick your favorite fruits (at the peak of ripeness), wash and prep them as usual and then pop them in the freezer. Some of my favorites are blueberries, grapes, and cherries (pitted).