Ah, it feels like the hazy days of Summer are upon us. These hot days took a very long time in arriving – but I’m not complaining! With the heat, we often look to cool treats to refresh us on a steamy day. Many of the store-bought varieties are packed with sugar and artificial ingredients. I am here to rescue with a few healthy, tasty ideas to keep you cool!
Banana Ice Cream – Peel & freeze 4-5 very ripe bananas. In a large blender, combine about a 1/4 – 1/2 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 the mixture into the freezer to let it firm up a bit before enjoying. You can also pour into a popsicle mold and make your own healthy individual frozen treats.
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. 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, and then place it in the fridge. The length of steeping time 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 all the extra caffeine.
Wishing you a refreshing season ahead!
Amy Sonnenberg is a Nutritionist located in the Clock Tower Wellness Centre. Specializing in family nutrition & passionate about bringing the family back into the kitchen and around the dinner table. Visit her at www.DesignedForYouNutrition.com or call 519-503-7926 for more information.