Runner’s Plate: 5 Nutritious and Delicious Frozen Summer Treats

Frozen banana and pbDuring the hot summer months, there are few foods that I crave more than ice cream.  In the summer I could pretty much live on salads, fresh fruit, iced coffee, and frozen yogurt/ice cream.  But since ice cream is really an occasional treat, rather than an every day food, I satisfy my craving for a frozen treat with these nutrient-filled, lower calorie alternatives. No need for all of the processed low-cal desserts with ingredient-lists that take an entire side of a box. Try these real foods with natural sweetness! They make a great snack or dessert, or even a frozen breakfast-on-the-go after a sweaty morning run. All take less than 10 minutes to prepare.

  1. PB & Banana stacks: Slice 2 bananas into ½ inch round pieces. Top half the pieces with nut butter, and Frozen Grapesthen cover with the remaining pieces to make mini “sandwiches.” Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and freeze for 60-90 minutes. I use a mix of chocolate peanut butter, almond butter, regular peanut butter, and sunflower seed butter for variety! Watch out – these are addicting!
  2. Frozen grapes – wash, freeze, enjoy! I’ve also been buying Trader Joes frozen mango chunks and eating them for dessert.
  3. Homemade Greek yogurt popsicle. Basic recipe idea here – but get creative and use any mix of fruit, yogurt, nut butter, or other ingredients that sound good to you!
  4. Frozen yogurt covered berry bites. Mix it up with blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, or any other fruit you like!
  5. Frozen chocolate covered strawberries. Use these basic directions, and freeze them for a cold summer treat!

What’s your favorite frozen treat? Do you have a different favorite treat per season? Does it help your training?

– Sarah

(Sarah is a nutrition communication specialist,  future registered dietitian, and believer in eating healthful for life, not as a quick fix.  She is a certified spin instructor, a triathlete, and an avid runner who regularly participates in road races from 5k to  1/2 marathons. Follow her on Twitter @SpinnerSarah and at her personal blog Food and Fitness Friend.)

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