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3 Guilt-Free, Cooling Summertime Treats

by Annaliisa Kapp from Annaliisa’s Organic Kitchen

Healthy Popsicles

 

Summertime is such a wonderful time. Whether you are spending some time with family and friends at the cottage or hanging in the city, it’s time to relax and take in the sunshine. This can also mean that some of your health habits have become less of a priority than usual. To keep energy levels high and avoid putting on extra pounds, it’s important to maintain your balance and stay on track.

Most summer treats, like ice cream, frozen drinks and cocktails, are loaded with sugar and laced with chemical additives. If you really want to treat yourself, choose water with lemon over sugary sports drinks and make your own smoothies instead of artificially flavoured milkshakes. These are loaded with calories and void of vital nutrients your body craves.

This doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on any yummy treats! You just need to be mindful and choose your treats wisely. Don’t pay attention to clever marketing ads – have a look at the ingredient list instead!

Here are three guilt-free, nutritious and delicious treats to keep you cool and balanced during the hot summer months:

 

Blueberry Banana Protein Popsicles

Ingredients:

1 banana

1 cup wild blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 cup vanilla almond milk (If using store bought almond milk, choose unsweetened)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior raw vegan vanilla protein)

1 tbsp coconut oil

½ tsp vanilla powder

3-4 drops of stevia (or ½ pack of powdered stevia)

2 tsp bee pollen (optional)

 

Method:

Combine all ingredients, except bee pollen, in a blender. Buzz until smooth.

Pour mixture into popsicle molds, put in the sticks and allow to freeze for 2-3 hours.

If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can also use little 2-3oz paper cups (preferably eco-friendly ones )  and a you can grab popsicles sticks from most craft stores.

Once popsicles are frozen and you’re ready to eat them, remove them from molds and dip in bee pollen for an extra energizing boost!

Makes 5-6 small popsicles.

 

Watermelon Margarita

 

healthy margarita

 

Ingredients:

4 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed

6 mint leaves, sliced

2 limes, juiced

10 ice cubes

 

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and buzz until smooth. To make it boozy, add 2oz tequila and 1oz triple sec!

Makes 2 servings.

 

Cool Raspberry and Mint Lime Sparkler

 

raspberry sparkler recipe

 

Ingredients:

½ cup frozen raspberries

½ lime, cut into wedges

2 fresh mint leaves

Stevia to taste

8oz sparkling water

Method:

Tear or cut the mint leaves into little strips. Add to pretty glass along with a couple of frozen raspberries and stevia. Crush with a spoon. Top with the rest of the raspberries, lime wedges, and sparking water. Enjoy!

Makes 1 serving.

 

Happy summer!

 

About the author:

Annaliisa Kapp is a holistic nutritionist and the woman behind Annaliisa’s Organic Kitchen, a wellness company that inspires people to take control of their own health. Annaliisa advocates for nutritious and delicious whole foods and their super healing powers. Check out Annaliisa’s current ethicalDeal for 67% off her online raw food and mood boosting nutritional workshops but don’t wait – the deal ends Saturday!


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