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Food 101: Mouth-Watering Treats For This Summer

With summer just a couple of weeks away, staying cool is bumped up on our priority list. Most people reach for a sugary popsicle or ice cream cones, but there are healthy alternatives that are surprisingly underappreciated.

1. Frozen Grapes

Possibly one of the tastiest and easiest snacks out there and is definitely a go-to recipe for candy lovers who are looking for a healthier alternative. Grapes contain an abundance of vitamin K and B and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and selenium, which are vital in our systems.

You will need:

  • Seedless green grapes (for those who love a sour punch) or seedless red grapes (for a less sour but equally tasty snack)
  • A freezer
  • A Ziploc Bag

All that is needed is to wash the grapes, seal them in the Ziploc bag and pop them in the freezer. In around 2-3 hours, take them out to unveil scrumptious frozen grapes to enjoy on any hot summer day! Best part: they’re only 62 calories a cup.

2. Homemade Fruit Popsicle

When the temperature rises, it takes a lot of effort not to grab your favourite chocolate cone that is, undoubtedly, loaded in calories. Instead, try  homemade fruit popsicle recipes like this one for Raspberry-Banana-Yogurt Freezer Pops.

3. Strawberry-Greek Yogurt Bites

Love frozen yogurt? Try making these healthy Strawberry-Greek Yogurt Bites that only take 30 minutes to prepare. With only 23.7 calories per serving, you can feast without any regrets.

You will need:

  • Strawberries
  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • A freezer

Dip your strawberries (halved or whole) in your thick Greek yogurt and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment or wax paper. Stick them in your freezer for approximately 3-4 hours before serving. It’s a big hit all year round, that’s for sure!

4. Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream

For an aperitif dessert, try grilling peaches before topping them off with some vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. With plenty of heath benefits and vitamins such as vitamin A and C, you can’t go wrong with peaches. This treat is simple, delicious and only 100 calories!

5. Watermelon Granita

This snack features nothing but fresh, juicy watermelon, lime rind, sugar and lime juice, a fantastic combination. This icy treat is sure to be a big hit when you need to cool down. Find the Watermelon Granita recipe here.

6. Homemade Sorbet

A dairy-free sweet treat that couldn’t be easier to prepare! Simply add frozen water or juice and fresh fruit to make this low-calorie alternative to regular ice cream. At only 78 calories per serving, this Lemonade Ice Tea Sorbet sounds unbelievable.

7. Mango-Lime Ice

Undeniably healthy and naturally fat-free, sweet mango-ice is a source of both vitamin A and C to benefit our health. It’s sure that Martha Stewart’s Mango-Lime Ice recipe is worth it.

Bonus: Vanilla-Ginger Ale Float

Though this one isn’t the healthiest option, there’s no denying that it’s one of the fastest and best desserts out there. This recipe is perfect for parties or get-togethers and serves 4 people.

You will need:

  • 2 (12 ounce) ginger ale bottles
  • 4 cups of vanilla ice cream

Scoop one cup of the vanilla ice cream into individual sundae glasses and pour as much ginger ale brew as desired – you can even fill it to the top. Enjoy immediately. No regrets.

So kick back, relax, and try some of these fantastic foods this summer. You’ve earned it!

About micky089 (9 Articles)
Michaela is a high school student who thoroughly enjoys the arts. Writing has always been a hobby of hers since the sixth grade, and hopes to contribute more in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys TV shows such as Sherlock (BBC), Supernatural and 24, and hopes to one day pursue a career in acting.

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