When you think of summer snacking, what foods come to mind? More than likely ice cream cones, sugary frozen drinks, and maybe even a sweet iced coffee. If you’re not careful, the calories and sugar content in those summer snacks can really add up! Try to combat the heat and cool yourself off with a few of our healthy summer treats! They’ll help you stick to your health goals while giving you a satisfying taste of summer.

 

01 Watermelon Lime Sorbet

Sorbet and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. Sorbet is cold, fruity, and a healthier alternative to ice cream! All you’ll do is chop some fresh fruit, stick it in the freezer to freeze overnight, then blend it and serve! This watermelon lime recipe is our favorite for summertime.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups watermelon, diced
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • raw honey to taste
  • ¼ cup warm water, as needed

Steps:

  1. Remove the rind from a seedless watermelon and dice into cubes.
  2. Lay the cubes on a ribbed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Freeze the watermelon cubes overnight, or until completely solid.
  4. Place the frozen watermelon into a blender or food processor, with freshly squeezed lime juice, and raw honey. (We went with 1 tsp).
  5. Blend until smooth. Add warm water as needed to help with the blending process.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Recipe Yields 5 Servings 
45 Calories, 0.1 g fat, 2mg Sodium, 11g Carbohydrates, 10g Sugar, 1g Protein

 

02 Dark Chocolate PB Banana Bites

This one’s for you, chocolate lovers! We’re taking fresh bananas, slicing them and adding a bit of nut butter, then freezing them and dipping them in melted dark chocolate. Need we say more? Dark chocolate has more health benefits than milk or white chocolate, it’s said to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol!  

Ingredients:

  • 3 large bananas, sliced
  • ½ cup natural nut butter
  • ½ cup dark chocolate, melted
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Steps:

  1. Place wax paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Slice bananas into ½-thick rounds.
  3. Spread a bit of nut butter on one slice of banana, then top with another slice to form a small sandwich.
  4. Lay sandwiches on the baking sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours.
  5. In a bowl, melt dark chocolate pieces and coconut oil.
  6. Remove the banana sandwiches from the freezer and dip the bites into the chocolate.
  7. Place the dipped sandwiches on the baking sheet and freeze for another hour.
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Recipe Yields 10 Servings
168 Calories, 10g Fat, 9mg Sodium, 15g Carbohydrates, 9g Sugar, 5g Protein

 

03 Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Pops

These fruity and cool ice pops are made for the hottest of summer days. All you’ll need is a little low-fat vanilla yogurt, which is packed with protein, fresh blueberries, that are packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants, and a bit of honey to add some sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 ½ cups low-fat vanilla yogurt

Steps:

  1. In a small bowl, combine blueberries and honey, stirring to coat.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the blueberry mixture and yogurt.
  3. Pour mixture into popsicle molds like these.
  4. Freeze overnight and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Recipe Yields 8 Servings
105 Calories, 1g Fat, 75mg Sodium, 15g Carbohydrates, 13g Sugar, 6g protein

 

04 Green Juice Pops

Have you ever considered sneaking veggies into your popsicles? We have! Trick the kiddos (or yourself) into getting an extra serving of veggies with these sweet (and very green) pops. Having a popsicle in the heat, while also getting your veggies in, makes them that much better! All you’ll need is a fresh and ripe honeydew, a cucumber, and some healthy green juice! We opted for V-8 Healthy Greens Juice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Small honeydew, peeled and seeded
  • 1 Large cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup green Juice (we used this one)

Steps:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor under smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
  3. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Recipe Yields 8 Servings
42 Calories, 0.1g Fat, 13mg Sodium, 10g Carbohydrates, 8g Sugar, 1g Protein 

 

05 Nectarine Ice Pops

If you’re a big fan of fresh fruit, you’ll love these pops. Nectarines are naturally sweet, so when you combine them with a little maple syrup and almond milk and pop them in the freezer you’re in for a real treat. They fresh chunks of nectarine add nice texture and flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups nectarines, roughly chopped
  • ¾ almond milk
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup nectarines, finely chopped

Steps:

  1. Place roughly chopped nectarines, almond milk, and maple syrup into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Divide the finely chopped nectarines among the bottoms of the popsicle molds and pour the mixture over, being careful it reaches the bottom of the mold.
  3. Freeze until solid.
  4. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Recipe Yields 8 Servings
77 Calories, 5g Fat, 4mg Sodium, 7g Carbohydrates, 6g Sugar, 1g Protein

 

06 Iced Coffee Popsicles

Instead of a drive-through, sugar-filled cup of iced joe, opt for these coffee pops, sweetened only with Stevia. It’s the perfect snack to cool you off while giving you a caffeine buzz! All you’ll need is coffee and milk (if you’re lactose intolerant, opt for almond or coconut milk), and are ready to prep.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • ¼ – ½ cup cold milk
  • ¼ – 1 tbsp Stevia (6-9 drops)

Steps:

  1. Whisk together coffee, milk, and Stevia. Taste and adjust to your liking.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
  3. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Recipe Yields 8 Servings
8 Calories, 0.3g Fat, 7mg Sodium, 1g Carbohydrates, 1g Sugar, 0.5g Protein

 

07 Frozen Greek Yogurt Covered Strawberries

Fresh strawberries are perfect for summer! One of our favorite things to do is dip them in low-fat Greek yogurt and pop them in the freezer for a low-calorie, low-sugar snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 container of strawberries
  • 1 or 2 low-fat vanilla yogurts

Steps:

  1. Rinse and dry strawberries.
  2. Hold the strawberries by the stem and dunk them into the low-fat yogurt, covering the berry to your liking.
  3. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Remove the berries from the freeze and repeat step 2 for another coat of yogurt.
  5. Freeze for another 1 ½  – 2 hours.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Recipe Yields 15 Servings
18 Calories, 0.3g Fat, 12mg Sodium, 3g Carbohydrates, 2g Sugar, 1g Protein

 

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