5 Skinny Summer Treats

By on 09/16/2019 3:21 PM

Source: MedicineNet Health News

No, you're not imaging it. It's hotter than usual this summer in many parts of the U.S. High temps mean you'll be hanging out poolside and you'll want to look your best. How do you beat the heat while still looking great in your swimsuit? Here are 5 treats to beat the heat that are under all under 100 calories.

1. Frozen Grapes – Grapes are rich in flavonoids, resveratrol, and antioxidants, which may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Pop grapes in the freezer for a refreshing, frozen treat. You can enjoy a whole cup of frozen grapes for just 100 calories.

2. Peach Sorbet – Instead of ice cream, whip up some low-calorie sorbet. Pop two 15-ounce cans of peaches in 100 percent fruit juice into the freezer for 3 hours. Place contents in the blender and add a banana if you like to create a satisfying frozen treat. A half cup of homemade peach sorbet is just 53 calories.

3. Refreshing Watermelon – What's a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium on a hot day? Look no further than hydrating watermelon. You can enjoy two whole cups of cubed watermelon for under 100 calories.

4. Orange Yogurt Ice Pop – Get a good dose of vitamin C and calcium with this homemade treat. Mix 6 ounces of thawed from orange juice concentrate with 2 cups of low-fat vanilla yogurt until blended. Poor into mini ice pop molds or 12 paper cups and freeze. Each ice pop has just 1 gram of fat and 42 calories.

Fruit Smoothies – Blend 6 strawberries, 1 cup of pineapple, 1 banana, 4 ice cubes, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract in a blender to make a tropical fruit smoothie. The recipe makes 3 servings each under 100 calories. You can add a cup of nonfat yogurt if you like, but it will up the calorie count a bit.

See? You really can have your sweet treats and your slim waistline, too!

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MedicineNet (https://www.medicinenet.com/nutrition/article.htm);
Weather.com (https://weather.com/forecast/national/news/2019-04-17-2019-summer-temperature-outlook-forecast);
USDA: (https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/09132); (https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/fruit-sorbet); (https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide/watermelon); (https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/yogurt-popsicles);
NIH: (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2728695/); (https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/eat-right/summer-breeze-smoothie.htm)