7 Fun and Easy Recipes for the Summer!

watermelon slices
watermelon slices

Summer is finally here, let’s welcome the new season with some Summer-inspired recipes!

The sudden warm weather may cause a temptation to visit your local ice-cream stand or grab a nice cold (sugary) beverage. (Can we declare Summer the season of empty calories?)

No need to worry, these recipes are not just delicious; they are healthy, kid-friendly, and sure to satisfy everyone at the picnic table.

  1. Strawberry ‘Mice’
Flickr // mellow_stuff

 

Let’s make the most of the seasonal strawberries with these cute ‘mice’.

What you need:

-strawberries
-almonds or raisins
-mini dark chocolate chips
-mini marshmallows or mini white chocolate chips

What to do:

-remove leaves from strawberries
-cut the almonds or raisins in half. (flatten the raisin first)
-the tip of the strawberry will be the ‘nose’ so, add the cut almonds or raisins to the opposite side of the strawberry to create the mouse ‘ears’.
-take two dark chocolate chips and press them into the strawberry to make the mouse ‘eyes’.
-make a small hole at the tip of the strawberry so a mini marshmallow or white chocolate chip can fit. (this will make the mouse ‘nose’).

That’s it!

Feel free to put them in a cute cupcake liner (one Strawberry Mouse per cupcake liner) and Enjoy!

 

  1. Strawberry Lemonade
lifesambrosia.com

What you need:

-1/2 cup Truvia Sweetener
-1 cup chopped strawberries
-2 strips lemon zest
-2 cups of water
-2 cups of fresh lemon juice
-1/4 teaspoon vanilla
-2 cups water, chilled

What to do:

-place Truvia Sweetener, strawberries, lemon zest, and water in a half-gallon container with a lid.
– stir the ingredients until blended
-secure the lid and shake container a few times to continue mixing.
-pour the strawberry mixture through a strainer over a large pitcher.
-add the lemon juice, vanilla, and chilled water.
-stir and serve over ice.

Enjoy!

Recipe idea from Green Princess Cookbook

  1. Watermelon “Cupcakes”
gijonlinenews.com

This recipe is my absolute favorite recipe to make with kids. They get so excited at the sound of “cupcakes.” When I tell them we are making the cupcakes completely out of watermelon, they look at me in disbelief. It makes all the prepping mess worth it.

Watermelon is naturally sweet, so these “cupcakes” do not need any sugar!

What you need:

-1 watermelon
-round cookie-cutter
-1 can of coconut whipped cream (I used this one)
-cupcake liners
-edible sprinkles for garnish (optional)

What to do:

-slice 2 thick slices of watermelon (about 1 – 2 inches thick)
-use a round cookie-cutter to cut out circles
-place circle pieces in cupcake liners (two to prevent dripping)
-top with coconut whipped cream
-add the edible sprinkles if desired.

Enjoy!

 

  1. Banana Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream
thedolcediet.com

This recipe is great for people wanting to chill out without all the calories from added sugar ice-creams.

What you need:

-4 ripe bananas, sliced then frozen
-1/4 cup coconut milk (if you want a creamier taste)
-1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

What to do:

-once the bananas are frozen, put them and the coconut milk in a blender until smooth
-mix in the dark chocolate chips

That’s all! Keep unused portions in the freezer for up to a week.

Enjoy!

 

  1. Green Tea Ice-Cream
Twitter // shaniamarieann

This recipe only requires 2 ingredients and is the perfect portion!

What you need:

-2 bananas, sliced then frozen
-1.5 tsp matcha powder (I used this one)

What to do:

-blend frozen bananas until smooth
-add matcha powder and blend until just mixed

So easy. Enjoy!

 

  1. Chocolate Chip and Nut Ice-Cream!
blogs.luc.edu // ilweekly

This is my favorite ice-cream to make. I typically make this in-between meals as a protein booster. It fills me up and makes me feel nice and cool. (especially after a work-out!).

What you need:

-2 bananas, sliced, then frozen
-2 tbsp cocoa powder
-1/4 cup of your choice of nuts (you can use berries instead, if desired)

What to do:

-blend bananas in a blender until smooth
-add in the cocoa powder and blend until just mixed
-mix in the nuts of your choice

It’s all done! Enjoy.

 

  1.  Strawberry Pops!
momwifebusylife.com

This last recipe is great for younger kids. It requires little prep, and almost no mess!

What you need:

-1 cup of vegan vanilla yogurt (I like to use this one)
-10 fresh strawberries (stems removed)
-1/2 of chopped nuts, coconut, and edible sprinkles
-5 small bamboo sticks

What to do:

-lay a cookie sheet down
-scoop 1 cup of yogurt into a bowl
-insert 1 bamboo stick into the bottom of 2 strawberries
-dip strawberries into the bowl of yogurt (repeat for remaining strawberries)
-lay each strawberry pop on the prepared cookie sheet and decorate with the nuts, coconut, and edible sprinkles
-place in freezer for at least 2 hours

Recipe idea from Barbara Beery

There you go! Enjoy.