It’s tempting to reach for the ice cream when you want a cool, tasty treat on a hot summer day. While the occasional ice cream cone won’t hurt, there are healthier options out there for cool treats. Here are some ideas.
Who doesn’t love popsicles? Making healthy ones is good for grown-ups and kids alike. A popsicle mold may be your best purchase!
Home-made popsicles are a great way to get fresh fruits and fruit juices into your kids – you can even sneak in a few veggies. You can freeze commercial veggie/fruit juice into popsicles, or blend carrots or some greens into your favorite fruit juice. Fruit purees can be frozen as popsicles as well.
Try pureeing fruit, yogurt, vanilla, and honey to freeze into creamsicles.
Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches
Frozen yogurt is lower in fat than ice cream, and often contains dormant cultures that will become active in your body. Soften some of your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt, then dollop some between two whole-grain graham crackers. Freeze for a few hours or overnight and enjoy. (The longer they’re frozen, the softer the crackers will become.)
Make a refreshing granite by boiling together 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup evaporated cane juice for 5 minutes. While it’s cooling, puree 2 cups of frozen strawberries. When the syrup is cool, add the pureed berries. Stir, pour into a metal cake pan, and freeze. Scrape or “fluff” the granite periodically with a fork as it freezes. You can make granites in all kinds of flavors, from coffee to chocolate to lemon.
It’s important to stay hydrated in the summer months, and kids can easily forget to drink enough. And if your kids drink the wrong kind of drink, it can do more harm than good. Here are some tips on keeping your children healthy and hydrated in the hot summer months. 1. Fluids Drinking water is very important. […]
Children are always on the go, and as much as we want them to eat healthy, sometimes it can be hard to keep up with them. Snacking is important for children because it provides them the energy that they need. Unhealthy eating can pave the way for bad eating habits later on. Parents then need […]
Holidays are a great time for families and friends to get together to celebrate. Unfortunately, more and more families are affected by alcohol abuse these days. Rather than just offering alcoholic beverages, try one or more of these home-made non-alcoholic and delicious cocktails. Peach Julius (Makes one serving) Ingredients: 1 cup frozen or fresh peach juice 2 ounces milk […]
Growing up, I LOVED eating ice cream. Especially in the summer. I remember as a child, my mother would make us these 4th of July popsicle sticks. She made them only for the 4th of July, however. If you’ve got some time, try to make some for your 4th of July […]
A well-prepared Christmas dinner won’t be complete without drinks to match them. A bottle of wine or a bowl of cocktail punch is traditionally served but those are laced with alcohol. Children and pregnant women are not allowed to have it. Additionally, some family members might want their aperitif or digestif alcohol-free. Non-alcoholic drinks are more […]