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Say Yes to Healthy Summer Treats

August 2, 2012

Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day everyone! 

Say whaaaat?! Yes, it’s true my friends. The dessert gods have looked down upon us and dedicated a whole day to celebrate one of my favourite indulgences. Ice cream! August 2nd may be the day to devour this classic summer treat but you don’t have to send your diet into a tailspin over this national day to still enjoy the sweet delights of this season.You can still indulge your sweet tooth this summer without veering so far off your healthy living journey. With a couple of nutritional swaps, a few cheats and embracing summer’s bounty of fresh harvest, you’ll be able to stay on track and guilt-free!


But first…

Be aware of what to stay away from this summer. A lot of summer treats we think are healthy are actually caloric pitfalls in disguise! Sugar is the main culprit ladies!
Don’t be fooled by…
Frozen yogurt – which can be loaded with over 20 grams of processed sugar in just ½ a cup! And all those beneficial live active cultures found in regular yogurt is null and void here because processed sugars disrupt your digestive system so much.
Iced and frozen coffee drinks – are packed with sugar. Add the caffeine to that and it creates an imbalance between insulin/glucose levels. Try making your own blend with coconut milk and ice with no sugar added.
Cocktails – those colourful margaritas, daiquiris and mixed drinks by the poolside should be limited since most summer cocktails are, again, loaded with sugar. Try diluting your cocktails with more club soda and stick to a few rather than a whole pitcher!
Try these!
Perhaps save National Ice Cream Sandwich Day for your cheat day. And for all those other times you’re basking in the sun, craving something sweet to eat and drink, try making these…
Banana “Ice Cream”
When blended, a frozen banana gets very creamy and like a custard ice cream.
Choose however many bananas you want, cut into small pieces and freeze on a plate for a couple hours. Then blend away! It’s that easy.If you have a couple extra whole bananas, dip those in some dark chocolate and shredded coconut, lay them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and freeze until frozen. Yum!
“Frozen Yogurt” drops
If my tip to stay away from frozen yogurt bummed you out, try these.
Take a container of your favourite yogurt (pick something with loads of fruit!), add 400 grams to a zip lock bag. Close the bag and snip off the end to act as a spout. Squeeze the yogurt into drops on a lined tray and place in the freezer for 3-4 hours. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Watermelon “Slushie”
Easy-peasy if you’re craving a frosty slush! Just whir up chunks of seedless watermelon with ice, lime juice, water and some raw honey and you’ll have a great take on a slurpee.


“Peach Pie” Smoothie
From Healthy Blender Recipes

2 cups of fresh or frozen peaches
2 cups coconut water or filtered water
2 cups ice (if using fresh peaches)
¼ cup of raw cashews (soaked)
¼ cup chopped pitted dates
1 chopped dried apricot
1 tsp non-alcoholic natural vanilla extract
Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Place all your ingredients in your blender or Vitamix and puree until smooth and creamy.
Tweak the flavours to taste depending on quality of your peaches.


What are some of your favourite healthy summer recipes? Do you find it hard to stay on track during these summer months? Any tips and tricks? Please share!


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