Guest Post by Alyssa Bauman, Nourished.ca
Summer, it’s synonymous with ice cream cones, milkshakes, gelato, slushes, and shaved ice. It’s the season of sugar!
Unfortunately, the bulk of these summer treats are high in sugar, dairy, artificial flavours and sweeteners which actually cause dehydration and are hard on digestion. While the family outing to the corner gelato shop is one of summer’s biggest pleasures and innocent treasures, it’s best to only enjoy these treats on occasion.
On every other day, when the temperatures are rising and you need a cool treat to keep your kid, well, cool, offer up a healthier version of these ‘Nourished Up’ summer classics. The key is to get these smoothies and treats really, really cold. Use frozen fruits, ice-cold liquids, and make sure to keep the ice flowing!
Tip: If your kids like it sweeter, double up on the fruit.
Here are four easy-to-make iced drink recipes to help keep your kids cool this summer:
1) ICED DRINK RECIPES: GREEN WATERMELON COOLER
This refreshing smoothie is the perfect pick for summer hydration on hot days (and I even get to sneak in some leafy greens). Loaded with electrolytes, magnesium, potassium, and even calcium and protein, I don’t think this drink could get any healthier – or tastier. This is awesome as a fast breakfast (throw in those hemp seeds), or that 4pm pre-hike pick-me-up or for the adults, just add a splash of spirits to make a fabulously healthy cocktail (sans hangover).
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 small organic cucumber
- 1 cup frozen watermelon
- 2-3 kale leaves, organic please
- 1/2 a lime
- 5 leaves of fresh mint
Blend all and serve. Add ice to boost coldness factor.
2) ICED DRINK RECIPES: NOURISHED PINA COLADA
Pineapple’s star enzyme bromelain aids in digestion and lowers inflammation, turmeric is the go-to anti-inflammatory root which also adds a bit of bite, while ginger’s zing and circulation boosting elements make this summertime sipper perfect for your hot weather obsession. Kids love the citrus factor of this one.
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 tsp organic coconut oil
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 inch fresh ginger
- 1 inch fresh turmeric
- 1/2 lime, peeled
Blend and enjoy. Top with a squeeze of lime.
3) ICED DRINK RECIPES: SOFT-SERVE REESE’S ICE CREAM
Say it isn’t so. Sweet, creamy and luxurious, this dairy-free, refined sugar-free soft serve ice cream is really divinity in a cup. Keep extra bananas in the freezer as I can guarantee you will be going threw them fast.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 tbls organic nut smooth butter (peanut or almond works)
- 2 tbls raw cacao powder
- 1 tbls maple syrup
- a splash of water (if needed)
Put all ingredients in a Vitamix or food processor and process until smooth. Add a little water if it is not breaking down quickly. Add ice if it is getting too soft too fast. It will be smooth and lump free when finished and look like soft serve. Serve immediately or store in the freezer.
4) ICED DRINK RECIPES: CHOCOLATE SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE
This is essentially called a chocolate milkshake in my house. Make sure this one is ice cold to have the same effects in your house. This deceptively healthy smoothie is loaded with iron, magnesium, potassium, protein, omega 3’s, fibre, and calcium – need I say more?
- 1 frozen banana
- 3 tbs cacao powder
- 3-4 dates, pitted (more if you want it sweeter)
- 1 tbs hemp seeds
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 1/2 cup organic unsweetened almond milk or non dairy beverage of choice
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- dash of cinnamon
- 1/3 cup kale (you won’t even taste it, trust me)
- Pinch of salt
Blend and watch it be devoured!
Be sure to bookmark these iced drink recipes and keep your kids cool all summer long.