As the summer months are coming to an end now is the perfect time to take advantage of that last bit of summer heat! This means enjoying all the delicious cool summer snacks before the season changes and the weather gets colder. However, most of the popular summer treats on the market don’t really do much good for you other cool you down, as they are usually packed with added sugars. These may not be the best choice for your health in the long run, as many sweet snacks often contain refined sugars that lack nutritious value. They also may be connected to greater health concerns, as there is even a growing field of study exploring a potential connection between refined sugars, obesity and other complications.
It is still possible however to enjoy those cool sweet summer treats while looking out for your health! Here are 10 dietitian-approved recipes for healthy summer treats that’ll be sure to wrap up your summer in the most delicious way!
These Mini Nice Cream Snickers Bars are the perfect little treat for your chocolate-y cravings that beat the store bought kind as they are packed with great nutritious ingredients! The recipe can also easily be made vegan if that’s what you’d like.
Not only is it possible to cut down added sugars and still satisfy your sweet tooth with a cool treat, but it’s also possible to do so while getting in some other nutrients. This Mango Coconut Soft Serve is loaded with fibre, protein, vitamin C, and lots of deliciousness!
Making ice cream at home and making it healthy is a lot easier than you think, and Nutrition to Fit proves it with this amazing Almond Nice Cream Recipe. With zero added sugars yet still sweet enough to soothe your cravings, this recipe is definitely one to try before the summer ends.
Flavoured beverages like juices and iced teas can be packed with sugar that you may not have even been aware of, as the drinks usually taste light and refreshing. You don’t have to skip out completely on the cool drinks though – these iced tea recipes have cut down on the sugar and are still deliciously refreshing.
Any recipe that is healthy, easy and fun is perfect for the long summer days, and these simple one ingredient grape popsicles are a winner. With just one ingredient you can play around with what you prefer and add more ingredients however they’re great as they are for the whole family!
These Key Lime Frozen Cupcakes by Kansas City Dietitian are super quick and simple and as a bonus the recipe is very easy to alter to fit your preferred taste. These are cupcakes that do not require baking and are cool enough for a delicious summer treat.
If you think of refreshing summer treats its pretty common to think of both watermelon and popsicles! Mom’s Kitchen and Handbook combines the two in a delicious healthy and easy recipe that is super easy to make and provides added coolness and hydration on warmer days.
When you think of smores you may automatically think summer nights, campfires with friends, and gooey marshmallow and chocolate treats with loads of sugar. A vegan, healthier and tastier alternative is possible to the traditional summer treat that’ll make enjoying them even better!
Rocket popsicles may hold a special place in your childhood as well, as the bright colours and sweet coolness of the treat just describes the joyful feeling of summer. However healthy rocket popsicles with zero added sugar are an even better treat for yourself and your children!
Ice cream being a staple summer treat can add up in sugar, fat and calories when enjoyed too often. A healthy alternative that is simple and easy to make is the answer to your search for the perfect summer ice cream! This Healthy Caramel Chocolate Chip Ice Cream recipe with only 3 ingredients is packed with flavour and nutrients and leaves out the refined sugar.
Let me know your favourite healthy summer treat in the comments below. If you don’t have one yet, let me know which one you are excited to try!
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