Healthy, Yummy Summer Cool Downs

By Elizabeth Hazard
Posted On Jul 07, 2015

We all enjoy a cool, refreshing treat on a sweltering summer day. Whether you’re go-to icy treat is a popsicle, ice cream, gelato or slushy drink, we all know that some of these cool-downs come with added sugar and calories. But take shade because we’ve got some great options for your summer sweet tooth that will cool you down while keeping you in sizzling swimsuit shape. We’ve gathered up a few recipes for you here.

What’s more refreshing than watermelon on a hot day? Frozen watermelon! Try it out here in the form of these easy-to-make watermelon popsicles from The Kitchn.com 

So….Sorbet that is. Peaches are ripe for the picking in the summer months, so what better way to make use of them than with this Peach-Basil sorbet. Top it all off with fresh raspberries for optimal refreshment. CookingLight.com

We’re talking fro-yo now. And no, not the kind that you pay for by the ounce. This homemade Berry Coconut Frozen Yogurt recipe will have you craving seconds, maybe even thirds. Not to mention it’s a great way to make use of the season’s abundance of berries. WellPlated.com 

If you prefer the creaminess of ice cream over frozen yogurt, this Coconut Bliss Ice Cream will fulfill your coconut flake-filled fantasies. With frozen bananas serving as the ice cream’s base, the recipe packs a punch of potassium too, making it an all-around healthy option for a hot night. Prevention.com 

If you’re looking to sip on a boozy cocktail to cool you down, we couldn’t resist Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s take on lemonade with this Vodka Basil Lemonade. Unlike most lemonades that are packed with sugar, this cocktail is sweetened up with just the right amount of light agave. WellandGood.com