Sweets and Treats for End of Summer

Sloane Souther, Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County, Dietetic Student Intern
Love summer, but hate the heat? These treats will keep you and your kids happy and healthy in this Texas heat! With summer coming to an end, here are a few more sweet treats to try before fall sets in.
1. Fill a popsicle mold with sugar-free fruit juice of your choice and bits of fruit pieces. Stick it in the freezer until frozen, and enjoy a delicious fruit popsicle without the added sugar. Plus, it’s a great way to add more vitamins and minerals to your diet! Berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are good sources of vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and fiber.
2. Get creative with watermelon! Since this fruit is 90% water, it’s great to rehydrate you from the heat. Plus, it’s a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A! Watermelon’s not just a fun Fourth of July snack, it can be incorporated into dinner meals also! Add watermelon into your dinner recipes, such as watermelon salsa, watermelon kabobs with shrimp (or any protein source of your choice!), a watermelon feta balsamic salad, or even grilled watermelon steak!
3. Swap your traditional dessert for homemade frozen yogurt! Personally, I am a huge fan of frozen yogurt. It’s a great alternative to ice cream or gelato, and it can even be made at home. All you need is frozen fruit, honey or agave nectar, and Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and calcium! Just mix the ingredients in a food processor or blender and freeze overnight. Just like that, you have a nutritious dessert for summer picnics or days by the pool.

Stay hydrated while satisfying your sweet tooth this summer with these tasty recipes to beat the Texas heat!