Clean Eating Ice Lollies for our UK Heatwave
It is hot, hot, hot! As I type the temperature is hovering around 30°C, I can hear children splashing in their paddling pools and people mowing their lawns.
I always think that the clean eating lifestyle comes into its own in the summer. When it’s hot like this, natural treats can be so much more refreshing than anything you can buy in the shops.
I was planning to do some baking today, but I’m not insane enough to turn on the oven in this weather! Instead I’m making ice lollies for the children when they get home from school (and for me obviously).
First up are frozen banana ice lollies. These are so simple but are such a crowd pleaser! Try and find large, fairly straight bananas as these look better and are easier to get on the lolly sticks. Gently push the bananas onto the lolly sticks and freeze for a couple of hours. Once firmed up, you can coat the bananas in melted dark chocolate and sprinkle with any toppings you like. I used chopped almonds but you could use freeze dried raspberries, coconut flakes, roasted ground hazelnuts or pistachios, or anything else you can think of.
And that’s it! You can keep them in the freezer until you are ready to eat them. My children love these and although the dark chocolate does have some sugar in it, they also get a portion of nutritious fruit – sneaky!
Next, I made coconut and strawberry ice lollies. Again, these are so simple they’re not even really a recipe. In a blender, whizz up your strawberries with some coconut water – make sure your coconut water is pure and sugar-free. When strawberries are in season like they are now, you don’t need anything else for these lollies, simple freeze and then enjoy. They are so amazingly refreshing, and all natural!
I hope you all enjoy the hot weather because who knows what it will be next when I tap out my next blog, this is the UK after all …..
Sonia Nicholas, 19.06.17