Get the Skinny on DIY Frozen Treats

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If the summertime heat has you looking for cool, refreshing treats, you’ve got to try these 3 easy do-it-yourself frozen treats that can be super-nutritious, and kid-friendly, as well!



Yonanas – $49.99 (Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy)


It’s simple: just add frozen fruit and Yonanas turns it into a frozen yogurt-like treat!


Most of the Yonanas recipes call for frozen bananas along with 3/4 to 1 cup of other frozen fruit, but we’ve used just frozen berries, as well as frozen berries plus a carton of lowfat plain Greek yogurt, frozen then slightly thawed.


Experiment with frozen fruits like berries, peaches, mango, pineapple, you can’t go wrong. And try adding fresh herbs and spices for an interesting twist, and Greek yogurt for a boost of hunger-curbing protein.


Other add-ins: nuts, nut butter, low-sugar chocolate nut butter (like Better ‘n Peanut Butter or Peanut Butter & Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams).



Chill Factor Slushy Maker$14.99 (Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond)


Add any cold drink (carbonated or non-carbonated: our faves include Vitaminwater Zero, La Croix, Zevia, and fruity herbal tea), freeze, squeeze, and you’ve got a refreshingly cool summertime treat.



Zipziclefreezer pops – $2.99 for pack of 12; available online or Cost Plus World Market.


Zipzicle makes zip-top freezer pop-style baggies. Fill them with pureed fruit or any beverage of choice, and freeze. Or boost the protein with one cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt, 1 ½ cups of fruit, and the juice of one lime. They’re just about 75 calories each, with the added bonus of seven grams of protein per freezer pop.


Our favorite combinations:


  • Mango + quarter-teaspoon of chipotle + lime juice


  • Pineapple + fresh cilantro + dash of sea salt + lime juice


  • Strawberries + fresh basil + lime juice