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healthy dairy free ice cream recipeLadies, it’s mid-summer and it’s HOT out there!  The warm weather makes us crave cold, fruity, icy treats.  Things that have a fresh flavor, a tropical twist or just help cool us down.

Especially after a workout, it feels great to drink or eat something cold that will help replenish our body’s carbohydrate stores and bring down our body temperature.  The best post-workout snack will also contain a good portion of protein to help jumpstart the muscle rebuilding process.

On those scorching hot days, doesn’t a shake, popsicle or ice cream sound appetizing?  You may think that these treats are off the menu if you’re looking to eat healthy….but that doesn’t have to be the case!  It’s totally possible to make healthy versions of these delicious summer treats at home.

Let’s look at 7 great recipes for cold summer treats.  Some will be great for post-workout while others are true desserts, better suited for a cheat meal.  What each of these recipes has in common is that they’re all made of natural healthy ingredients.  Since you make them at home, you control what ingredients and sweeteners go in!

Rainbow Watermelon Fruitsicles by LowFatVeganChef.com

whole fruit popsicle recipeThese fruit pops are so beautiful, tasty and easy to make!  This blogger uses blended watermelon puree (could be cantaloupe if you prefer), a natural granulated sweetener (stevia works great), one mango, some cherries (could substitute raspberries) and some blueberries.  These work great in plastic popsicle moulds or even in Dixie cups!

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Honeydew Melon Granita by FullMeasureOfHappniess.com

honeydew melon granita recipeWith just 3 ingredients, melon, agave nectar and lemon juice, this granita is super easy to make and feels oh so refreshing on a hot summer day!  Honeydew can be swapped out for a different fruit if you prefer.  And a different liquid sweetener such as honey or stevia should work fine in lieu of the agave nectar.  These look so elegant when served in a wine or martini glass, so they’re great for entertaining too!

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Healthy Frozen Chunky Monkey Treats by KibbysBlendedLife.com

frozen chocolate banana pops recipeThese treats are made of all natural ingredients including banana chunks, walnuts, coconut oil, cacao powder, salt and a sweetener of your choice.  These are a great no-guilt dessert and are perfect for kids too!

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Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie by ThrivingHomeBlog.com

strawberry pina colada smoothieThis smoothie recipe uses coconut milk, ice, banana, strawberries and pineapple for a naturally sweet, healthy refreshing drink.  No additional sweeteners needed!  Tastes like you’re on the beach or lounging out in front of the pool!

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Healthy Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream by Paleoholic.com

healthy dairy free ice cream recipeAn ice cream recipe WITHOUT dairy and WITHOUT sugar?  It does exist and it tastes pretty amazing.  To make this ice cream use coconut milk, strawberries, shredded coconut, vanilla and just 1/3 cup of raw honey.  Yum!

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Coconut Lemon Frozen Yogurt by HealthyBodyGuru.com

healthy frozen yogurt recipeThis homemade frozen yogurt is actually a great post-workout treat because it contains high-protein Greek yogurt mixed with shredded coconut, coconut cream and homemade lemon curd.  There’s no white sugar in this recipe but it’s SOOOO tasty!

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Tropical Papaya Strawberry Avocado Shake by FamilyFreshCooking.com

tropical papaya strawberry smoothie recipeEnjoy some more amazing tropical flavors with this delicious shake, made with papaya, strawberries, avocado, lemon juice, almond milk, coconut milk, ice and some stevia drops.  You can even add some toppings to make it more of a breakfast smoothie bowl.  Feel free to add protein powder for an amazing post-workout snack!

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As you can see, it’s easy to enjoy healthier versions of some of our favorite summer treats by simply making them at home!  You don’t have to give up ice cream, popsicles and shakes…just make them better, and smarter!

At Athlean-XX for Women, we’re all about healthy nutrition because it helps us lose weight and have energy for our tough workouts!  Our nutrition plan recommends combining proteins and slow-burning carbohydrates at every meal and snack to help keep you feeling full.  In fact, the Athlean-XX for Women nutrition plan is anything but a diet – we actually recommend you eat more – 5 – 6 times per day!  This type of diet will help turn your metabolism into a fat burning machine – when combined with our killer 30 minute workouts.  Yes, with Athlean-XX for Women, eat more, exercise shorter but harder and weigh less!  Join us on Team Athlean to start your lifestyle makeover now!

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