Healthier Frozen Treats: Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt & More!

Publish Date April 2, 2024 3 Minute Read
Author Kroger Health Registered Dietitians

What could be better than enjoying something sweet and cool under the hot summer sun? While ice cream will always be a summer staple, there are plenty of frozen treats that are not only delicious, but also nutritious.

Whether you’re looking to make a splash by the pool, impress at your next barbecue or looking to stay hydrated, here are some healthier alternatives that will keep you cool all summer.

Ready-to-Eat Frozen Desserts

Ready-to-enjoy frozen dessert options like ice pops, frozen yogurt treats, and fruit bars are widely available to keep you cool. These are convenient options to stay satisfy your sweet tooth during warmer months. Outshine Sugar Free Fruit Bars and Kroger® Fruit No Sugar Added Bars are made with real fruit, high in vitamin C and are free from added sugar.

If you’re craving chocolate, try Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars. These indulgent treats provide 5g of protein per serving, helping to keep you fueled through all your summer adventures. Other chocolate options are KIND Frozen Dark Chocolate Plant Based Desserts. These frozen treats offer a whopping 7g of fiber and only 7g added sugar per serving, making them a good choice for a sweet frozen treat.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Water doesn’t have to be boring! Elevate plain water by adding cucumber, fruit or mint. Try this colorful fruit-infused ice cubes recipe. Flavored seltzer water is another way to stay cool. If you’re active, choosing drinks that include electrolytes can help you replace important minerals lost from sweat, like potassium and sodium. Look for drinks that have zero added sugar like Gatorade Zero Sugar.

Healthier Recipes for a Cool Summer

Making your own healthier frozen treats at home can be a fun family activity. You can check out our favorites below and personalize them with your favorite flavors.

  • Ice Cream Alternatives: Have you heard of “nice cream”? Nice cream is a no-sugar-added, often dairy-free sweet treat made from frozen fruit, like bananas. The next time you’re craving something sweet, try this Protein Nice Cream recipe.
  • Ice Pops: Looking for something to eat on the go? Try a fruit ice pop. These Rainbow Fruit Ice Pops are made with kiwis, raspberries, mangos and blackberries. Not only are they filled with flavor, but they contain antioxidants and fiber to create a nutrient-dense, refreshing dessert perfect for a warm summer evening.
  • Sorbet and Sherbet: These lighter frozen options are easy to make and require only a blender. Get creative with mixing and matching your favorite fruits. Pro tip: use seasonal fruits for the best taste and lower cost.
  • Frozen Yogurt Treats: Yogurt-based frozen treats are creamy and sweet like ice cream, but they are often lower in fat and calories. Some frozen yogurt options may contain probiotics, which are bacteria that can be beneficial for your health. Look for options made with Greek yogurt for increased protein, such as this Frozen Yogurt Bark with Berries recipe.

Whether you make a frozen treat at home or grab a convenient store-bought option, these healthier frozen options will keep you cool, hydrated, and satisfied all summer long. For more healthy ideas, schedule an appointment with one of our registered dietitian nutritionists today.

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and is not meant to provide healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

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