Beat The Heat: Sweet And Frosty Treats
Tuesday, January 2015In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s getting HOT! Now is the perfect time to indulge in a fresh and fruity homemade icy pole. Nothing says summer quite like a cold sweet treat in front of the fan – and the best part is, these icy poles will fit in beautifully with your healthy eating habits! Feel free to enjoy one of these in front of the fan after a hot training session… you’ve earned it, right?
Got some ripe mangoes on hand? This one’s for you! Mangoes are so affordable across Australia right now, and these refreshing lassi-cles take full advantage of that fact. You’ll need:
- 1 ½ cups fresh mango pulp (blend your mango flesh to achieve this first)
- 1 cup low-fat greek yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of ground cardamom
Place all ingredients in blender, and blend well! Freeze in icy pole containers for a few hours, and enjoy the icy cold fruits of your labour. Makes 8 lassi-cles.
Watermelon-Lime Icy Poles
We are a HUGE fan of watermelon as a hot summers day snack (OK, really it’s an any kind of day snack!) here at SiL HQ! Grab that big chunk of watermelon in your fridge and get ready for some frosty fun. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 cups watermelon, diced
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (1-2 limes)
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1/4 cup agave syrup (most major supermarkets stock this now)
Place all of your delicious ingredients in a blender, and blend until pureed. Pour into your icy pole molds – or you could even use a regular ice-cube trays. Freeze for at least hours overnight, and then get ready to taste some sweet and fruity relief from the heat. Makes 6 icy poles.
Lean Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Icy Poles
Get ready to have your tastebuds blown away. These dreamy and oh-so-creamy bad boys probably count as more ice-cream than icy pole! They taste just like frozen vanilla cheesecake, but are just 536 kilojoules/128 calories each. Amazing! Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- 225 grams light cream cheese
- 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 2/3 cup icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
Scrape the seeds from inside the vanilla bean into the blender, alongside all of the other ingredients. Pulse your blender until all ingredients are completely combined. Pour into your molds, and ta-da! 4-6 hours later you’ll have your lean vanilla bean cheese cake “icy poles”, without any calorie-laden guilt. Recipe makes 8!
What are your favourite summer snacks to keep cool with? Do you have a favourite homemade icy pole recipe? Let us know in the comments below!