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Healthy Summer Treats
Summer celebrations and catch-ups with those closest to us mean that we are often in search of healthy sweet treats and snacks to share. The good news is that treats do not have to mean a complete calorie overload, rather it can be as simple as taking our favourite fresh fruits which are naturally sweet and teaming them with other nutrient rich foods such as nuts, dark chocolate and yoghurt, to create tempting yet nourishing treats to enjoy throughout summer.
Frozen fruit yoghurt pops
All you need is your favourite fresh fruits – banana, berries, grapes or mango, frozen with Greek or natural yoghurt, and made into individual protein rich ice blocks or yoghurt pots to enjoy as a light breakfast, afternoon snack or sweet dessert treat.
You do not need expensive protein powders and special powders to make your protein snack bites! Simply blend some nuts or nut spread (such as 100% peanut butter) with dates or oats, and some soft fruit like banana, and roll in nuts or coconut for your very own fibre rich protein bites.
If you’re looking for a lower calorie, lower sugar alternative to chocolate dessert, you can take strawberries or banana, skewer and dip these into dark chocolate, and freeze to make your very own frozen fruit dessert.
Forget deep-fried potato chips and wedges. Make your own healthy option by slicing a hard banana into 1/2 cm slices. Place on baking paper along with a drizzle of lemon juice and bake in the oven at 200°C for two to three hours until crispy. Drizzle with a little honey for some extra sweetness.
Banana Berry Smoothie
There are few things as refreshing as a fruit-based drink in summer and you cannot go wrong when you blend a banana with your favourite milk or yoghurt. An easy snack or light breakfast smoothie can be made when you blend a frozen banana, handful of spinach leaves and ½ cup of berries with a cup of your favourite milk and some ice cubes. A delicious icy treat!
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