When the weather heats up, it’s time to start reaching in the freezer for a cool summer treat. And I don’t mean for those plastic tubes of frozen colored sugar water. The Family Nutrition Program has plenty of tasty recipes for healthier popsicles and smoothies that your whole family will love.
When you make your own summer treats, you get to control the ingredients and can make healthier choices. These frozen goodies get their sweetness from fruit and yogurt, which provide vitamins and minerals that added sugar doesn’t. Most of these recipes are also made with low-fat dairy foods, which are good for bone health. For adventurous eaters, some of these recipes also have super-good-for-you dark leafy greens. Leafy greens are also great for bone health and can be lacking in many peoples’ diets.
Are you ready to break out the blender?
- Berry Purple Smoothie
- Cucumber-Lime Cooler
- Frozen Fruit Cups
- Frozen Fruit Pops
- Green Pineapple Banana Smoothie
- Green Smoothie
- Mighty Milk
- Orange Banana Frosty
- Orange Pineapple Banana Smoothie
You can also get creative and come up with your own favorite smoothie flavor combinations. Get inspired with this Basic Smoothie Recipe.
I’ve seen a lot of fun homemade popsicles online, too. The following Basic Popsicle Recipe is a fun way to get your kids excited about cooking. Help them combine their favorite fruits, juices, or dairy products. They’ll love taste testing their different creations. Make things more interesting by layering different flavors for rainbow colored popsicles. The hardest part of making popsicles at home is waiting until they’re frozen to eat them!
Note- If your family likes popsicles, it may be worth buying popsicle molds. It’s easier to remove the popsicles and they’re reusable. But you can also use paper cups with wooden sticks or plastic spoons or ice cube trays and toothpicks.
Does your family enjoy frozen treats in the summer? What are your favorite flavors?