Summer Treats With a Healthy Twist
When you think of summer, often the next thought that comes to mind is bathing-suit season. If winter is the time for enjoying family and feasting on delicious foods, summer is the time to get back in shape and enjoy outside activities. The idea of getting back to a place where you feel comfortable in a swimsuit can be very daunting. Especially, when there are so many tempting summertime treats to indulge in.
Unfortunately, no magical potion will let you consume whatever you’d like and still maintain a bathing-suit-ready body. There are, however, some summer-time beverages and seasonal treats that will keep you looking and feeling body confident.
Protein Shake Ice Cream/Smoothie
As we all know, the quintessential summer treat is ice cream. There's nothing better on a hot summer day than a creamy ice-cold treat. An excellent alternative to a sugary dessert such as ice cream is a frozen protein shake. You can easily trick your sweet tooth into picking the healthier choice by adding some vanilla extract for flavor and using almond milk instead of regular dairy milk as your liquid base.
There is a vast selection of protein powders out there. Most of them already come in classic ice cream flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla. Look for a protein powder that includes carrageenan, as it creates a thicker, creamier consistency comparable to ice cream.
You may also consider adding in a few leaves of spinach, kale, or green superfood powder to your chilled protein shake for an added boost of iron. Though the color may be a little off-putting, when added to a smoothie you can barely taste the difference.
Purchasing a simple popsicle mold gives you the control over the nutrients that go into your body. Also, going as far as to squeeze your own juice such as orange juice or lemonade gives you the power to determine how much sugar is really necessary for you to enjoy the juice. Freshly squeezed orange juice is a fantastic source of vitamin c. Orange juice and other fresh fruit juices make the best healthy alternative to the average sugar-filled popsicle. You still get to enjoy a summertime staple with none of the guilt.
Fruit juice also freezes incredibly well in popsicle molds. After you have frozen your favorite fruit juice in the mold, directly run some warm water over the container and your popsicles are sure to pop right out!
Fruit, Fruit, and More Fruit
The best part of summer is that all the juiciest and sweetest fruit is finally in season. Nothing depicts the perfect summer experience better than biting into a ripe piece of watermelon while sitting on the beach or hanging out with friends and family. Melons, peaches, and strawberries thrive during the summertime, and they are often passed up for the more sugar-filled foods.
Instead of going for the sugar-coated drumsticks or the artificially flavored jello, try reaching for the fresh, seasonal fruit instead. The natural sugars provided in fruit will satisfy the sweet craving just as well as a processed dessert would.
Making better food choices is the simplest and most effective way to maintain a healthy weight and exceptional energy levels. Choosing the healthy alternative to processed foods and drinks is an imperative component to looking good and feeling confident during bathing suit season.
Any traditional summertime treat can be altered to benefit you in a health-conscious way. Many times, it’s the most straightforward tweak that can transform a basic dish or drink into a superfood. All it takes is a little creativity and the will to do better for yourself.