This weekend is going to be a scorcher. Lured by the siren song of the ice cream truck, it will be hard to resist that choc-vanilla twist cone, or Rocket Pop. Then there’s always the convenience store on the corner for a Strawberry Shortcake or Freezie. Of course, after too many of these sweet treats, your bikini or swimming trunks have a snugger fit than you were hoping for while strutting your stuff on the boardwalk. You can thank the high fat and sugar content for that, not to mention the artificial additives and preservatives you may be getting with each mouthful. Not so much fun any more.
How about getting some fibre, potassium and vitamin C? Pick up an ice-lolly mold from IKEA or Loblaws (or just use paper cups with popsicle sticks) and you are set for the weekend. All-natural unsweetened juice, fruit puree (alternate two kinds for stripes) or your favorite yogurt and fruit smoothie turn into healthy, colourful popsicles. Maybe some frozen fruit dipped in dark chocolate, coconut and nuts—banana on a stick anyone? To impress your patio guests, you could whip up a fruit sorbet or granita: simply puree fruit, toss in the freezer and scrape around every few hours. Looks and tastes impressive, but is actually very simple to make.
To make things a little more interesting, you could add a splash of the hard stuff. Some are of the opinion that vodka and tequila can make juice taste even better. But please, remember to practice moderation—alcohol does not freeze well.
Photo by moonwire from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.