By: Jessica Lee
I’ve just spent the day at the pool in the 90 degree sun. After drinking my entire water bottle in the first twenty minutes, I needed something refreshing. For the remainder of my time at the pool, I daydreamed about ice cream. Birthday cake ice cream with the sprinkles inside it, or maybe a caramel flavored ice cream with chocolates swirled through it. But as the summer days get increasingly warmer, I realize that I can’t have ice cream every time I need something refreshing.
Not only does dairy often cause bloating, but ice cream is packed with sugar and, often times, processed ingredients and dyes. And while summer is the best time for ice cream (so many local shops are only open in the summer!), and I indulged in some Rocky Road only a few nights ago, I have some suggestions for some other summery, refreshing treats.
1. Smoothie Bowls
I know it’s a trend, but smoothie bowls are so healthy for you! All that is in them is fruit, vegetables, and maybe some coconut water. You can try different flavors and different toppings to mix it up! I just had one yesterday at the beach – strawberry and banana smoothie, topped with strawberries, coconut flakes, some chocolate chips, and Nutella drizzle.
2. Homemade Popsicles
You can buy popsicle molds for ten dollars and fill them with juice and fresh fruit slices, or even yogurt to get a more creamy texture! The possibilities are endless and this is a great way to use up any leftover fruit you may have from fruit picking or a fruit salad. Kids can participate in this by adding their own ingredients to make their very own popsicle.
3. Iced Coffee/Iced Tea
Coffee and tea are diuretics, which means you are more likely to get dehydrated if this is all you drink. But if you make sure you are drinking plenty of water, indulge in an iced coffee or iced tea. Switch up your normal drive-thru iced coffee with a house recipe from a local café. Those are almost always better as they have unique ingredients such as cinnamon or agave nectar in them! Iced teas are fun in the summer because you can add mint leaves or fresh fruit to get a new taste!
4. Fresh Fruit
A lot of cultures use fruit as their desserts, which is such a good habit to get into! If you’re having a dinner party, instead of worrying about baking cookies or cake, cut up a watermelon, or buy some berries and top with whipped cream. Kick it up a notch and grill some pineapple or peach slices!
5. Chocolate Covered Bananas
I remember eating one of these in Disney World and it was so perfect -refreshing and healthy yet sweet and indulgent. Put a popsicle stick through a banana and dip in melted chocolate. Top with…anything! Nuts, sprinkles, white chocolate drizzle, coconut flakes, peanut butter chips, anything you have in your pantry! Freeze and eat! Yum!
The best part is, that all of these ideas are cheap, easy, and don’t require you to stand over a stove in this hot weather! Let us know what non-ice cream tasty treats you love to enjoy in the summer!