The summer is finally here, which means it is time to make the most of the sunshine and warm temperatures. Not only does this mean you're sure to be spending more time outside over the next few months, it also allows you to make the most of other things that aren't so suited to the cooler seasons.
One of the things you can really enjoy while the summer lasts is frozen treats, which serve as the perfect snack option when you need something cold and refreshing. However, many frozen snacks contain high levels of sugar, which means they are far from healthy.
Rather than purchasing sugary ice creams or frozen lollies, make your own frozen treats this summer for healthier snacks that are just as tasty.
Frozen yogurt pops
Ice cream is usually full of fat and sugar, which means it is one of the most unhealthy snacks of the summer. Instead of filling your freezer with different types of ice cream, create your own frozen yogurt pops for a healthier alternative. yogurt pops for a healthier alternative.
These are really easy to make and are also very cheap, so they are likely to become a firm family favourite.
Simply blend together fresh fruit and low-fat yogurt – you can use natural or Greek-style varieties – until smooth. Then just pour the yoghurt mix into ice lolly moulds and pop sticks in before putting in the freezer overnight.yogurt – you can use natural or Greek-style varieties – until smooth. Then just pour the yoghurt mix into ice lolly moulds and pop sticks in before putting in the freezer overnight.
If you want to add a bit more sweetness to your frozen yoghurt pops, stay away from cane sugar and instead add a teaspoon or two of honey or agave nectar. These are healthy alternatives that can help counteract any sour fruits you add to the mix.
Fresh fruit ice lollies
If you prefer classic ice lollies to creamy frozen yoghurt, you can create interesting varieties just with fresh fruit, water and honey. You can even layer different fruits up to create a striped ice lolly with a range of flavours.
All you need to do is puree your chosen fruit with a spoonful of honey and a splash of water until smooth. If the fruit has seeds, pass the puree through a sieve to remove them.
Then just pour into your mould and freeze overnight. If you are using different fruit layers, freeze the first layer for a couple of hours before adding the second and returning to the freezer.
Do this for each layer you want to add before freezing until all the fruit layers are completely frozen.
Banana ice cream
For a totally natural ice cream that contains no added sugar, all you need is some bananas. Pop these in the freezer overnight – be sure to leave the skins on – until completely frozen.
Peel off the skins and simply blend up your frozen bananas to create a creamy, soft-serve ice cream. The natural sugars of the bananas create a sweet dessert, while the texture is similar to soft ice cream but without the melting.
You can also add things like reduced-fat peanut butter, cocoa powder, chocolate chips or frozen berries to create different flavours. Just remember that some additives are going to increase the sugar and fat content of the ice cream so don't overdo it.