Make-It-Yourself Frozen Treats
Cool off in a hurry with these easy homemade goodies
When the weather heats up, it's time to call in reinforcements! We need some
frozen treats to cool us down from the inside out, and we need them fast --
whether it's a steamy afternoon or an evening when the ceiling fan just doesn't
seem to be spinning fast enough.
You might think I'm kidding when I say frozen treats cool us off from the
inside out, but it's true. By eating or drinking something very cold, you help
to temporarily lower the temperature of your stomach, and there is some relief
What's the best way to cool your body down longer term? Go swimming in a
cool pool, or take a cool bath or shower. This will lower your core body
temperature and should help keep you feeling cooler for an hour or more after
you get out of the water (at least, that's what I've experienced).
OK, back to those frozen treats! First off, here are 10 tips for whipping up
fun frozen goodies:
1. Add a cool, crunchy element to your yogurt by stirring in frozen
raspberries or blackberries.
2. Make a banana popsicle by wrapping a peeled banana with plastic
wrap or a plastic bag. Place it in the freezer for 3 hours or more, until
3. Whip up a diet root beer float. Pour 1 cup of diet root beer into
a tall glass and add a couple of cookie dough scoops (1/8 cup each) of light
vanilla ice cream. The grand total for this refreshing treat is around 46
calories, with 1 g protein, 7.5 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fat, 0.9 g saturated fat,
5 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, and 70 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 27%.
4. Make a frozen s'more. Break a graham cracker in half and put both
halves on a small, microwave-safe plate. On one half, put a heaping teaspoon of
chocolate chips (spread out) or two small squares of Hershey chocolate bar. Top
the other half with a large marshmallow, cut in half (spread it out), or about
6 miniature marshmallows. Microwave on HIGH for about 30 seconds, watching
carefully. Press the halves together to make a s'more. Let cool, wrap in foil,
and keep in the freezer for a frozen treat.
5. Make a frozen yogurt fruit cup. In a blender or food processor,
blend 1 1/2 cups vanilla (or other flavor, as desired) yogurt with 1 1/2 cup
fresh or frozen fruit pieces (banana slices, raspberries, strawberry slices,
mandarin orange segments, pitted cherries, peach slices, etc.). Spoon into
about 3 Styrofoam (or similar) cups. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in
freezer a few hours, until frozen. Each serving has around 150 calories, 6 g
protein, 29 g carbohydrate, 1.6 g fat, 0.9 g saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol,
1.5 g fiber, 72 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 10%.