Ice-creams or ice popsicles are children's favourite food choice during hot summers. Most commercial ice-creams are loaded with sugar and with the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity and diabetes, it is best to avoid them. Here are some simple, delicious and nutritious home-made alternatives for your little ones.
- Fruit lollies:Loaded with nutrients, fruits popsicles are one of the healthiest alternatives for ice-cream this summer. Juice or pulp your child's favourite fruit, pour it in the ice-cube tray with an ice-cream stick, freeze and serve as ice-lollies. If the fruit pulp is very sour, you could add some sugar to the pulp before freezing.
- Homemade low-fat ice cream:Home-made fruit or nut ice-creams made using low-fat milk are better alternatives than commercially prepared ice-cream. Simply churn some low-fat milk with your child's favourite fruit or nuts and some sugar, freeze and serve. You could also make kulfi using low-fat milk.
- Chilled Fruit Raita:Protein is very important for your child's growth, especially during summers when there is a lot of wear and tear of muscles as children tend to play a lot during vacations. Fruit-raitas are great cooling alternatives to ice-creams. Strain some yoghurt or dahi and chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. Add chopped chilled cubes of watermelon or mango or pineapple and a dash of sugar to the chilled yoghurt and serve immediately. Packed with proteins and vitamins, fruit yoghurt is enjoyed by children and adults alike.
- Greek Frozen yoghurt:Greek frozen yoghurt is made using Greek yoghurt, sugar and seasonal fruits. This is another great protein and vitamin packed alternative for ice-creams this summer. Simply churn all the ingredients together, freeze overnight and serve as an ice-cream.
- Flavoured Ice-popsicles:The pleasure you get out of eating an ice-popsicle or Gola is incomparable. However, popsicles available on the roads is not safe as the source of water may not be good and the artificial flavours can cause allergies in children. Instead, make flavoured ice-popsicles easily at home by freezing flavoured water (lemon, raw-mango, rose or mint) in an ice-cube tray with an ice-cream stick. Your healthy ice-popsicles would be ready in no time.
- Frozen Amrass: During summers, leftover mango juice at my place was always packed in containers and left to freeze overnight. This was then served to us as ice-cream the next days. This is one of the most simple and delicious alternatives for ice-creams that you can make for your child this summer.
These are some of our favourite healthy alternatives for commercial ice-creams. If you have any interesting summer coolant recipe that you make for your child, please do share them with us.
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