With summertime comes tasty treats.
Summertime brings us back to the days of our childhood. It takes us back to days of swimming, picnic lunches, and hiking trips – days of playing outside with our friends until the streetlights came on. Summer brings us back to days of the music of the ice cream truck or selecting summer treats at street fairs.
With summer come days of fresh, bright and colorful berries-and-cream toppings on shortcake and juicy nectarines and peaches. It brings us back to the days of ice cream sundaes and contests to see whose ice cream cone could last the longest.
Food has this way of pulling us back to a moment in time. Summer foods in particular tend to have a nostalgic way of reminding us of how things used to be. When it comes to selecting summer foods, it’s possible to choose treats that will satisfy your inner child that are also low in sugar and cavity friendly. Here’s a collection of healthy treats that are easy to make and fun for the entire family.
Winners for Our Top 10 (Mostly) Healthy Summer Treats List
1. Watermelon Lime Sorbet
Who doesn’t enjoy biting into juicy, red watermelon on a hot day? One plus about watermelon is that it is high in Vitamin C, which is an excellent vitamin for gum health. This watermelon lime sorbet is next-level delicious. It’s made from only two ingredients. If you’re looking for something easy to make and still new to try, check out the recipe here.
2. Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
Some banana ice cream recipes have a distinct and unfavorable texture, but when frozen banana chunks are paired with peanut butter, the result is a smooth, creamy, and tasty ice cream that you’d never guess was made from bananas. You can find this recipe for banana ice cream here.
3. Three-Ingredient Strawberry Banana Popsicles
You can use any smoothie mix to make a popsicle. Here’s a perfectly delicious smoothie recipe to get you started. The upside to this one is that it’s simple, and your kids may like these popsicles so much you may find them in the kitchen making them for themselves!
4. Healthier Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry shortcake is a light and somehow satisfying desert. There’s no need to load this classic summer treat with sugar, though. A simple shortcake that uses a little bit of honey for sweetening and whipped cream with reduced sugar is bound to satisfy your cravings. Check out the recipe here.
5. Healthy Fruit Pizza
Fruit pizza, like strawberry shortcake, is another dessert that tastes just as good (if not better!) when you cut back on the sugar. You can find this version of crowd-pleasing pizza here.
6. Creamy Yogurt Fruit Salad
This simple dessert or snack only contains a few healthy ingredients and you can customize how much honey you want to add. One of the ingredients is Greek yogurt, a food that naturally is high in calcium and protein. Fresh, sweet fruit combined with the tangy flavor and smooth texture of Greek yogurt is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without the added cavities. You can find the recipe for creamy yogurt fruit salad here.
7. 5 Minute Lemon Raspberry Frozen Yogurt
Frozen yogurt is another way to take advantage of the powerful health benefits of yogurt, in a tasty, delicious, summery way. This frozen yogurt is something you can make at home and add whatever toppings you like, making this zesty dessert even more fun.
8. Easy Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are a superfood, meaning that they’re loaded with nutrients. Some of the beneficial nutrients they include are omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. When soaked in liquid they take on a gel-like quantity, making them a fantastic ingredient in pudding. Chia seeds are also flavorless, so you can make essentially whatever flavor of pudding you like. Here’s a basic recipe for chia seed pudding. It’s best chilled and with fruit included, making it a hit for summer.
9. Lemon Blueberry Smoothie
Smoothies are a perfect treat on hot days. This lemon blueberry smoothie is tasty, tangy, low in sugar and is loaded with nutrient dense superfoods, such as chia seeds. Leftover smoothies can be frozen into popsicles as fun summer treats for kids and adults.
10. Healthy Raspberry Oat Bars
Healthy crisps and bars are a good way to round out dinner at the end of a summer day. Raspberries are naturally sweet, so using them in dessert makes sense. Try out these raspberry oat bars – they’re made with minimal added sugar, and as a bonus they’re gluten free.
Reach out to your dentist if you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity while eating something cold.
It’s delightful to bite into a luscious treat when you have excellent oral health! But if you find yourself experiencing tooth sensitivity while eating something cold, you should talk to your dentist about it. If you’re looking for a dentist located in Middletown, Ohio, we’re committed to serving you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.