It’s summertime, and the heat is in full effect. This summer, both parents and kids are going to be looking for tasty frozen treats to help them cool off. Although there are plenty of options available in the grocery store that are loaded with sugar, you can make some treats at home that are much better for their teeth and their overall health. Here are a few ideas that are sure to be a hit during the hot summer months.
This one’s a favorite among adults and children alike. It can be made with nonfat yogurt for extra tooth-friendly protein or almond milk for a more vegan-friendly version. Use a cup of blueberries, one or two frozen bananas, a cup of spinach leaves and 1½ cups of ice and blend until it’s smooth. As long as you load up on the antioxidant-rich blueberries, your kid will never realize that this chilly treat contains any leafy greens at all.
Frozen Watermelon Pops
This is a really simple recipe that just requires a little cutting and a handful of popsicle sticks. Once you have your watermelon, cut it into disc-shaped slices and remove the rind. Once you’re there, cut the discs into long strips that you can stick the popsicle sticks into. You can adjust the size until it’s just the right amount for your child and is a good shape for a “pop.” Place them on a tray and freeze for a couple hours for a 100% fruit treat!
5-minute Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
For this one, you’ll need four large frozen bananas, four cups of frozen strawberries and two tablespoons of honey. Place the strawberries in a bowl, sprinkle with honey and then microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the strawberries soften a bit. Place the strawberry mixture and bananas into the blender and mix until they have a creamy consistency. This should take about 2-3 minutes. You can either serve right away or put some away in the freezer for later. Just be aware that it’ll freeze solid since it has no preservatives, so just pull it out for a few minutes before serving.
Sticking to these chilly treats with no added sugar are a great way for your kids to cool down while protecting their teeth. As always, be sure they stick to their great dental habits and brush at least twice a day.