Does the thought of a frozen treat make you feel like a kid again? Start a new warm-weather tradition with easy treats you can make and share with your friends and family.
Body - Performance Nutrition
Frozen sweets often contain excess calories and sugar, which can add to your daily calories, but it's easy to whip up healthy frozen treats to enjoy at home.
Service members have enjoyed frozen treats at least since World War II when the Army and Navy boosted morale by serving ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, and cones to the troops. Tradition holds that there was an Army–Navy rivalry for who served the best ice cream. The Navy borrowed a refrigerated concrete barge from the Army Transportation Corps in 1945 and transformed it into a floating ice cream parlour!
The following tried-and-true favorites will delight your "inner child" and still fit nicely into a healthy meal pattern. Many include fruits and dairy—which provide calcium, potassium, fiber, protein, and other nutrients—possibly MIA from your diet. They also can be made inexpensively, which is refreshing for your wallet!
Use skim milk to prepare your favorite pudding recipe or instant pudding mix.
Add chopped fruit such as bananas, peaches, or berries.
Freeze in popsicle molds or 4-oz paper cups for one hour.
Insert popsicle sticks and freeze 2 more hours.
Frozen yogurt sundae
Scoop ½ cup frozen yogurt into a dish.
Add a chopped banana and a handful of nuts.
Cut a banana in half and lay in a dish.
Add watermelon chunks and berries.
Top with ½ cup frozen yogurt (any flavor) and 1 Tbsp crunchy granola.
Insert a popsicle stick into a peeled, ripe banana.
Freeze 2 hours.
Place 1 tsp chocolate chips in the bottom corner of a small plastic bag. Melt in microwave for approximately 90 seconds. Cut off the corner of the bag and drizzle chocolate over frozen fruit.
Quickly press with 1 tsp crushed nuts. Eat now or freeze for later.
Portion canned fruit (in 100% juice) or fresh fruit (with juice) into 4-oz paper cups or an ice cube tray. Or use single-serving fruit cups.
Freeze one hour.
Insert popsicle sticks and then freeze 2 more hours.
Did you make too much smoothie? Freeze leftovers in an ice cube tray for 2 hours.
Pop cubes out of the tray and eat. Or keep cubes in the freezer to use in a future smoothie.
Ingredients and equipment
Skim or low-fat milk
Fresh or frozen fruit: blueberries, bananas, strawberries, etc.
Nuts: pecans, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.
Fruit cups or fruit juice
Paper cups (4 oz), ice cube tray, or popsicle molds