Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than an icy, cool drink. Unfortunately, so many of our favorites are full of refined sugar, fat, and artificial dyes that are far from healthy. As an avid juicer and natural foods fan, I’m always looking for ways to update my favorite foods in a way that allows them to fit into my plan and lifestyle. Below are a few of these recipes and I promise that they’ll leave you feeling nostalgic for your childhood, while doing your body some serious good.
Is there anything yummier than a Frosty? In case you’ve been living under a rock, this soft-serve esque dessert found in certain fast food restaurant tastes like a rich and creamy milkshake and has just a hint of chocolate. I used to BEG my mom for a Frosty when temps rose but knowing what I know now (that they are full of chemicals and refined sweeteners), I’m much happier making this alternative below.
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 large banana
- ½ tsp vanilla extract (do yourself a favor and buy legit vanilla extract, not that weird brown stuff at traditional grocery stores)
- 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
- 15 ice cubes
Blend up all ingredients in your blender and enjoy.
Who doesn’t love a slurpee? Cool and refreshing, these icy drinks are essentially sugar, water, and wildly artificial colors and flavoring. My favorite used to be blue raspberry. Blue raspberry? What is that even? It’s certainly not a flavor found in nature! Ditch the traditional slurpee and make a granita that is just as icy but healthy to boot.
- ½ of large seedless watermelon
- 1 cup water
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp natural sweetener (i.e. Stevia)
Blend up all the ingredients in your blender and pour into a large, fairly shallow container. Place into the freezer. Once frozen, use a fork to ‘shave’ the watermelon concoction into a slushee like consistency.
When I was a teenager, I always felt SO cool ordering a “Virgin Daiquiri, please.” Um, little did I know that this seemingly innocent concoction was actually made from a mix that was anything but natural and healthy. Try my updated version below and if you’re feeling a little frisky, omit ½ cup of the strawberries and sub in ¾ cup of coconut flavored rum.
- 3 cups of frozen organic strawberries
- 3 tbsp of raw sugar or agave nectar
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- Enough ice/water to get a thick consistency
Blend all ingredients and serve in a large pitcher.
Photo credit: Ramzi Hashisho