Healthy Summer Treats

Move Over Smoothie – it’s time for some fresh, healthy Summer treats: slurpees, fudgesicles, and popsicles!

After a long winter and most of our spring spent diligently sipping smoothies, it’s time to switch it up.  Now, I’m not saying to give up on smoothies all together, not when one well formulated smoothie can pack a whole day’s nutrients in it, like my favorite stand-by:

Spinach PowHER!

2 cups tightly packed baby spinach

1 date

1 banana

¼ cup frozen blueberries

water

 

 

 

We don’t want to give up on smoothies all together, because as we all know they are:

·         an inexpensive and tasty  way to get your veggies down;

·         a great source of long-lasting energy;

·         quick to make and  consume so you can get on with your day.

 

But it’s summer, and smoothies can move over because there’s something even better – Slurpees!  Remember the long, hot summer walks to your local corner store slurpee machine, the mixing of flavours, and the ‘brain-freeze’ on the way home? Slurpees are just as enjoyable now as they were then, but now we have the ability to avoid the brain-freeze and all that unnecessary corn syrup and food colouring.

 

Pineapple not only looks and tastes like summer, it packs a nutritional punch that could fuel your whole summer.

Pineapple is loaded with vitamin C, which is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, protecting your eyes, bones, and digestive tract and reducing inflammation all over the body.  It’s also high in manganese and thiamin, which are essential in your cells mitochondrial energy production.

To top it off, pineapples contain bromelain, which is a protein-digesting enzyme that helps in the breakdown and absorption of foods and reduces the ever-evil inflammation.

Pineapple Slurpee

2 cups fresh chopped pineapple

1 cup ice cubes

water for desired consistency

blend

Of course the options are endless – mint, mango, berries, melon…

 

And while we’re at it, we could make something that will keep the kids out of our hair while we enjoy our afternoon snack:

Chocolate Fudgesicles

2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
1/2 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
2 small, very-ripe bananas (200g)
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
sweetener of choice to taste cane sugar, coconut nectar, stevia, etc. (frozen things taste less sweet so adding sweetener helps)

 

 

Berry Pops

½ cup each of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, kiwis or whatever fruit you have on hand

1 -1/2 cups organic grape juice

puree until smooth and freeze in popsicle mold.

 

 

And here’s one for the grown ups:

Boozy Mojito Popsicles

1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
2 1/2 cups club soda
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
1 lemon, peeled and cut into wedges
3 limes, peeled and cut into wedges
1 teaspoon liquid Stevia

4 tablespoons light rum

 

Enjoy these healthy summer treats, and stay hydrated!

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