Satisfying Your Summer Sweet Tooth by Jessica Horgan Nutrition

 
The weather is warmer and in order to help us cool down and stay hydrated, obviously water is my go-to recommendation. I know water can be the last thing on your mind sometimes, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me, so I’ve compiled a few ideas for you to try this summer to get you feeling refreshed and also satisfying your sweet cravings! 

 

FLAVOURED WATER

The good ole’ H2O can be made a bit more appealing, by using various fruit or even some vegetables to give it some flavour. My favourite is adding some fresh sliced lemon and lime with some mint leaves. Alternatively, you can try berries, mint alone or even cucumber! Nowadays you can even buy infuser bottles which keep your flavour foods separate to the water itself, but still giving you the fresh delicious taste.

 

HOMEMADE ICE LOLS

The little ice pop moulds that seem to pop everywhere over the summer months can come in really handy to have around to help you make your own delicious ice lollies. If you’re looking for a low-calorie alternative to the regular ice lollies, try making a diluted drink with mostly water and a little squash of your choice and freeze until ready to enjoy. Just be careful to read the label first, and maybe choosing a sugar-free or no added sugar brand. You can also freeze leftover smoothie in the moulds which is higher calorie but if made with yogurt and fruit, can give you plenty of micronutrients and protein.

 

MINI ICE-CREAMS

If you’re out and about, or even just want a nice treat to help you cool down, there are plenty of ice-creams and ice pops available in shops that are under 100 calories. My favourite are mini ‘Twister’ ice creams, which are available in a box of 8 and each approx. 50 calories. The full size ones are only approx. 80 calories too! For a chocolate-lover, mini ice-cream cones are fab too.. I generally purchase a box of mini chocolate cones in Aldi, again under the 100 calorie mark and give you a nice refreshing treat. Lastly, back to basics and an ice-cream sandwich can’t be beaten. Pick yourself up a packet of wafers and a block of raspberry ripple for a good old fashioned creamy treat! There are plenty of other options which I haven’t mentioned, just have a look at the labels before making your choice and you would be surprised by the difference in calories alone, many of the well-known brands consist of.

 

HOMEMADE “NICE-CREAM”

This one is for the adventurous ones and even the vegans too… homemade nice-cream. As an ice-cream alternative, freezing sliced banana and then blending it with whichever flavours you enjoy, can lead to a yummy yet healthy dessert. Try adding berries, nuts, cacao, chocolate etc. and enjoy!

 

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