As the weather warms there's nothing quite like a refreshing frozen treat to beat the summer heat. Ice cream, lollies, and sorbets are beloved desserts enjoyed by people of all ages. While traditionally viewed as indulgent and high in sugar, there are now healthier alternatives available that offer a guilt-free way to enjoy these frozen delights. We take a look at a few, with some tested recipes.
Lower Calorie Content:
Looking for a healthier alternative to traditional high-calorie ice cream? Look no further! Healthy alternatives to ice cream are now available, utilising ingredients such as low-fat milk, natural sweeteners, and fruit purees. By incorporating these ingredients, the calorie content is significantly reduced, making them an excellent choice for individuals who are conscious of their weight or striving to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
When seeking a sweet and refreshing dessert without added sugars and artificial flavours, fruit-based ice creams are a fantastic option. You can easily create these delectable treats using fruits like bananas, strawberries, or mangos. Simply process or puree the fruit in a blender or food processor until it reaches a creamy and smooth consistency. For a creamier texture or a touch of added sweetness, you can include milk, yogurt, honey, or maple syrup and allow the mixture to freeze. The resulting ice cream is not only delicious but also highly nutritious, packed with fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Wheatgrass, pineapple and banana treat
You will need:
🌱Half a fresh pineapple cut into chunks
🌱2 bananas frozen
🌱2 Britt's Superfoods Wheatgrass juice sachets
Add all the ingredients to a blender to achieve a creamy consistency and enjoy, if not quite cool enough you can add the mix back to the freezer but the frozen banana should keep it cold enough.
Many healthy frozen treats incorporate nutrient-rich ingredients such as fruits, nuts, and seeds. These additions boost the nutritional value by providing essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. For example, fruit-based sorbets offer a natural dose of vitamins C and A, while nut-infused ice creams provide healthy fats, protein, and fibre.
Rhubarb, gooseberry and Elixir sorbet
This low calorie treat has no added sugar so relies on the fruit and Elixir for its sweetness, if you need to add sweetness try adding a little honey.
You will need:
🌱2 sachets Britt's Superfoods Elixir Vitality
🌱3 stalks of pink rhubarb
🌱2 handfuls of ripe gooseberries
Start by cooking the rhubarb and gooseberries in a little water until soft and then smash with a potato masher. Drain the liquid through a cloth until you have a lovely pink clear liquid. Add the Elixir vitality juice and freeze. This elegant sorbet is refreshing and healthy.
Dairy and Lactose-Free Options:
Traditional ice cream can be problematic for individuals with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies. However, the availability of dairy-free and vegan alternatives, featuring plant-based milks like almond, coconut, or soy, has expanded significantly. These alternatives offer a solution that allows everyone to indulge in a frozen treat without compromising their dietary preferences or restrictions.
If you're a vegan or lactose intolerant and seeking alternative options, coconut milk provides numerous benefits. With its creamy texture and richness in healthy fats, coconut milk serves as an excellent base for making dairy-free ice cream. You can customize your creation by combining it with your choice of nuts or fruits, resulting in a delicious and nutritious treat. For an extra burst of flavor, consider incorporating cocoa powder or vanilla essence to elevate the taste profile. With these alternatives, you can enjoy a satisfying and healthy frozen dessert that caters to your specific needs.
Wheatgrass, Pistachio & Avocado Ice Cream
You will need:
🥑 1 sachet of Britt's Superfoods wheatgrass juice
🥑 4 medium avocado
🥑1 cup pistachios
🥑1 cup coconut cream
🥑2 tablespoons agave syrup
1. In a blender, pulse the pistachios until they reach a flour-like consistency.
2. Cut open the avocados, remove the flesh, and add it to the pistachio flour.
3. Add the coconut cream, syrup and wheatgrass juice to the pistachios and avocados, and blend until you achieve a creamy mixture.
4. Serve the ice cream in cups or the avocado shells and place them in the freezer. Allow them to chill for at least 30-60 minutes to allow the cream to begin setting. Alternatively, you can leave them in the freezer overnight for a firmer consistency.
In addition to being dairy-free, many healthy frozen treats are also free from common allergens such as gluten, nuts, and soy. This ensures that people with specific allergies or dietary restrictions can find delicious frozen treats that suit their needs and preferences.
Vegan fruit lollies
You will need:
🌱fruit of your choice
🌱Britt's Superfood juice sachet
Start by blending your fruit of choice in a blender with a little water and superfood juice. Fill a lolly mould and wait until frozen; choose another fruit and repeat the same process. You can then enjoy a healthy, guilt-free cooling snack.
As the temperature rises, indulging in a healthy ice cream, lolly, or sorbet can be a delightful way to cool down. With lower calorie content, nutrient-rich ingredients, and allergen-friendly options, these healthy frozen treats offer a guilt-free alternative to traditional choices.
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