Healthy and homemade summer frozen treats

By: Health Local Staff Jul 16, 2014
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Homemade Popsicles

Looking for healthy frozen summer treats the family will love? Try these nutritious, fresh and frozen treats.

Homemade Orange and Pineapple Pops

This recipe is great for summer barbecues, picnics or afternoons lying by the pool. They can be made with fresh fruit and a splash of honey, making them sweet, healthy and nutritious.

Ingredients include:

  • 2 cups of fresh oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups of fresh pineapple, chopped or sliced
  • 3 tablespoons of lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1-3 tablespoons of organic honey (local is best)

Directions:

In a large bowl mix up all of the above ingredients together. Move the contents to a food processor or blender to mix until the ingredients are smooth and ready to pour. For the easiest method, pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze approximately 24 hours. Once the popsicles are frozen they are ready to serve. 

Calories:

55-80 calories each popsicle

Light and Frozen Strawberry Sorbet

A quart of fruit and a dash of sugar make this sweet sorbet a family favourite. Strawberries can be swapped for citrus to change the flavour.

Ingredients included:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 quart of fresh, organic strawberries
  • Optional: if using citrus, grate the rind of one large orange

Directions:

Combine rind and sugar in a small pan and bring to a boil. Dissolve the sugar at high heat. Allow the contents to cool. To speed up the process, place the contents in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Wash the berries and place in a blender or food processor. Add the sugar mixture and mix. Pour the contents into an ice-cream canister. Freeze according to directions by the canister manufacturer. Once frozen, the sorbet is ready to serve. Garnish with fresh mint and a sliced strawberry or orange.

Calories:

165 calories per cup-sized serving

Frozen Chocolate and Banana Chunks

A tasty summer treat that is completely vegan, natural and satisfying. The entire family will adore this frozen fruit idea.

Ingredients included:

  • 2-4 large bananas
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (any kind will do)
  • 1/3 cup natural and organic peanut butter (your preference)
  • Optional: unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

Cover a large platter or bowl with parchment or wax paper. Slice the bananas into large chunks. Each banana should yield four to six pieces. In a small saucepan, heat the peanut butter and chocolate. For a quick melt, place the chips and peanut butter in a bowl and put in the microwave until mixture is melted.

Dip the banana chunks in the melted mixture until fully covered. Lay the covered banana pieces on the way paper. Sprinkle with coconut before cooling. Place the bananas into the freezer overnight. Once frozen, the fruit is ready to serve.

Calories:

60-80 calories per chunk

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