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Beat The Heat With These Homemade Treats

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Beat the Heat

Summertime is just around the corner and you already know what is in store. With temperatures flaring, it’s a good idea to cool off with some refreshing homemade frozen delights. However, sweet treats like ice creams, milkshakes and puddings come with a load of calories and sugar. A healthier way to beat the heat is by substituting sugar with a sweetener that’s low on calories and low on the glycaemic index.

Tata NX Zero Sugar is a good alternative. It is made using natural ingredients like stevia herb extract, lactose and thaumatin which is a fruit extract. Stevia is a native South American herbal plant that has been used as a sweetener for centuries on account of its extremely sweet leaves. Using stevia instead of sugar will help you avoid unwanted calories and unnecessary sugar so you and your family can enjoy a guilt-free summer.

Sorbets

A refreshing and healthy alternative to ice cream is fruit sorbet. They are very simple to make and you only need a couple of ingredients. Watermelon comes into season during the summer months and is easily available at any fruit vendor. This low-calorie fruit is sweet and refreshing. It provides hydration along with essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is high in vitamin C and A as well.

Start preparing your sorbet by separating the watermelon from the rind, deseeding it and then dicing it into little cubes. Freeze the cubes for a minimum of 3-4 hours or until they are completely solid. Throw the frozen watermelon into a food processor or blender along with some freshly squeezed lime juice. Add some stevia sweetener as per your taste, usually, a teaspoon is more than enough, then blend the ingredients together. You could also pour in a little warm water and press the mixture down with a spatula to even it out. Once the mixture has a smooth consistency, you may scoop it out and serve it immediately or freeze it for some more time and dig into it later. Other fruits such as pineapple, strawberries and mango can be used to make excellent sorbets as well. If you’d like to give your sorbet an Indian twist, you can serve them as golas in a glass with a dash of a complementing syrup as a garnish.

Frozen Yogurt

A mango fruitsicle is basically frozen yogurt on a stick. Frozen yogurt is a lot more appealing to kids when served like a popsicle. Yogurt is nutritious in every form. It provides almost every nutrient that is needed by our body. It is high in calcium, B vitamins and trace minerals. Yogurt is also rich in protein and improves digestion.

To make this delicious treat you have to first freeze two cups of diced mango. Then add half a cup of yogurt along with one teaspoon vanilla extract and some chia seeds into your food processor. Blend them together. Keep adding in milk but just enough to loosen up the mixture so that your blender does not clog. After all the lumps have disappeared take the mixture out and spoon it into your ice cream moulds. Once you have filled your moulds, you may place in your ice cream sticks then freeze the yoghurt for about 2 hours after which it should be ready to serve.

Smoothies

The easiest way to ensure your kids get all the roughage they need is to sneak it into a yummy and healthy smoothie. No one can resist a creamy chocolate smoothie. Cocoa powder is a rich source of polyphenols. It contains abundant flavanols, which have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Rich in fibre and resistant starch, bananas are good for your digestive health. This commonly available, delicious fruit is also in high several antioxidants, which may help reduce damage from free radicals and lower your risk of some diseases.

In your blender, mix together one frozen banana, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, two cups of milk, a teaspoon of salted almond butter, and some ice. Blend all the ingredients until smooth. You may substitute milk with coconut or almond milk if you like and alter the amount of cocoa powder and sweetener according to your preference. Serve immediately.

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