It’s been a warm summer in Ontario (and pretty much everywhere else too) and everywhere I go, do you know what I see? Ice cream. And it’s killing me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a complete health nut, and I like to indulge from time to time, but there are so many healthier, more satisfying foods to feed the kiddies in the hot, hot heat.
Here are 3 ideas to get you to skip the ice cream in favour of your children’s health (and their taste-buds too)!
Real Fruit Popsicles – These delicious treats are super easy to make at home. You can make them as decadent or as simple as your children desire. Dump fruit into a blender and blend until nearly smooth. Repeat the process with different fruits until you have 2 or 3, or blend them all together. Take molds (or make some with tinfoil) and fill them with some of each blended fruit. Add a Popsicle stick at the bottom (you can find them at the dollar store) and place them in the fridge for at least two hours. They’re delicious and chalked full of nutrients. They’re also perfect for anyone who suffers from a dairy allergy. Although you can add yogurt to your fruit to make them more “creamy”; if you do, we’d recommend Greek yogurt, it’s thicker and packs a punch of protein!
Frozen Fondue – Fondue, although traditionally hot, is fantastic with frozen fruit. Freeze your strawberries, banana chunks, grapes and so on a few hours before you heat up your chocolate. The frozen fruit with the warm chocolate will cool you down fast, and what kid (or parent) doesn’t love chocolate? (Use dark chocolate if you’re trying to be healthy, it beautifully counteracts the sweetness of your frozen fruit!)
Frozen Bananas “bites” – They’re all the rage right now, and for good reason; you can add almost anything to them and they taste delicious. Cut the banana into half inch slices, then dip one side (or both if you’d like) in chocolate/caramel (or any other topping you’d like) and then into the nuts and freeze. They’re kind of like ice cold, sweet chips.