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Refreshing Desserts to Cool You Off

By Ashley Camuso

This summer has shown some record highs, but that isn’t stopping us from taking advantage of the outdoors. Hiking, swimming, biking — there are so many ways we can get out and be active, even if it’s socially distant. While we are out enjoying the beautiful, albeit hot, weather, it’s important to stay hydrated. Sipping on water and munching on hydrating foods like watermelon and cucumber will help, but there are other sweet treats that can cool you off, too.

We found some delicious and refreshing desserts that give you a little energy, and even have some added nutrient benefits. Try one of these easy-to-make recipes to help you cool off.

Mango Avocado Vanilla Gelato

Given its simplicity, this Mango Avocado Vanilla Gelato dairy free/gluten free gelato is sure to become your summer staple. Juicy mangoes are an essential summer fruit, providing a daily dose of vitamin C in just one cup. They also contain vitamin A, which means they’ll cool your body all the while calming your skin. Mangoes are just one of the many refreshing ingredients in this tasty treat. Between the avocado and coconut healthy fats, one cup of this scrumptiousness is sure to leave you feeling satiated. 

Orange Banana Smoothie Pops

When the summer heat gets the best of you, reach for the freezer. It doesn’t get any simpler— or tastier— than Orange Banana Smoothie Pops you can make in 10-minutes. Plain yogurt alone is 85 to 88 percent water and the added bonus of high potassium can replenish those electrolytes that your dehydrated body needs. Throw bananas, oranges, and limes into the mix and you have a vitamin-packed dessert bursting with tropical flavor.

Creamy Watermelon Coconut Milkshake

This Creamy Watermelon Coconut Milkshake is dairy free, gluten free, and vegan, offering all of the flavor you’ve been craving. Coconut milk and water-rich watermelon will keep you hydrated and energized, while the chocolate will add a punch of fun to the fruity concoction. Pro tip: opt for unsweetened dark chocolate. The antioxidants increase hydration and skin density, helping you stay protected under the hot summer sun, says Healthline experts. A milkshake has never been so beneficial!

Aperol Spritz Trifle

On especially hot days, there’s nothing more refreshing than your favorite cocktail. So why not make it into a dessert? Enjoy happy hour and dessert all in one with this Aperol Spritz Trifle.  Orange zest atop chilled custard? The thought of it alone is cooling. This recipe is full of vitamin C-packed oranges  that contain half a cup of water in just one serving. Serve this rejuvenating treat at any outdoor gathering and your praises will surely be sung. 

Banana Pops

These healthy Banana Pops combine dark chocolate, which is rich in heart-healthy flavonoids, with bananas, a great source of potassium and fiber. Add some nuts and you’ve got a crunch and some healthy fats. Plus, these classic treats get bonus points for also being easy to make, kid-friendly, and healthy. If you’ve got freezer space, you can also make a big batch of them and have them ready for unexpected play dates.

— By Ashley Camuso

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