Cool Treats for the Summer

When it's hot outside, many people reach for something cold to help cool off.  A cool treat can be a healthy treat, too!  There are many ways to take some of the most common foods, and make them into a cold treat.  Cool treats are easy to prepare and budget friendly.  Your kids will love them, too! Try some of these cool treats this summer!

  • Frozen grapes -- Just pull the grapes from the vine and place in the freezer.  They make a quick and easy grab and go cool treat.
  • Fruit juice popsicles -- Pour 100% fruit juice into ice trays.  Allow them to begin to freeze and add popsicle sticks.  For an added treats, add some of your child's favorite fruits like strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, and peaches.
  • Frozen yogurt -- Put your favorite low-fat yogurt in the freezer for a few hours.  Take it out and eat!  Tastes just like ice cream but lower in fat.
  • Frozen banana bites -- Cut slices of banana and place on a cookie sheet.  Add a small amount of peanut butter on top and then drizzle with chocolate sauce.  Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
  • Ice cream in a bag -- A great idea to get the kids involved in helping make their own ice cream.  For the recipe, click here for the recipe.   
Try a new treat this summer.  You maybe surprised at how good they are ... and easy to fix!
Frozen Grapes
Frozen Banana Bites
Ice Cream in a Bag
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