#FoodieFriday: Low-Calorie DIY Summer Treats

by Erika Bolado and Julie Tereshchuk on August 4, 2017 in Food, Wellness,

As temperatures continue to soar in Texas, try these fun cocktail and mocktail recipes. They’re perfect for those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle while still indulging in a delicious treat! In swimsuit season, who doesn’t love a low calorie anything?

Thanks to Sparkling Ice a lightly carbonated, zero-calorie beverage that combines sparkling water, fruit juice, vitamins, and antioxidants for these summer sipping ideas.

Sparkling Sweet Treat Pops

INGREDIENTS

Popsicle Mold

Popsicle sticks

1 bottle Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry

1 container of fresh raspberries, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Fill your trays or molds with Sparkling Ice, topping each with a scoop of chopped raspberries.  If using ice cube trays cover tray tightly with tin foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the foil into each cube.  If using an ice pop maker place the handle sticks into the molds.   Place in the freezer for about 2 hours or until frozen. This recipe works with any Sparkling Ice flavors and fresh fruit. Enjoy!

Fruity Sparkling Ice-icles

INGREDIENTS

1 bottle (17 oz) Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon

2-3 sliced strawberries

1 sliced kiwifruit

1/4 cup blueberries

DIRECTIONS

Pour about 2 oz of Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon into each popsicle mold. Add about 4 to 5 pieces of fruit per mold, making sure to keep the liquid below the fill line. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for 8 hours, or until completely frozen. Run popsicle mold under warm water to release popsicles and serve. To create a multi-colored ombre effect, choose 2-3 varieties of Sparkling Ice. Pour 1 oz of the first Sparkling Ice flavor into each popsicle mold and add 1-2 pieces fruit. Freeze for 90 minutes, remove from freezer and add 1 to 2 oz of the other Sparkling Ice flavors plus 1-2 more pieces of fruit. Freeze for another 6 hours, or until completely frozen.

Sparkling Sorbet

Girls’ Night Float

INGREDIENTS

6 oz Red Table Wine

Vanilla Ice Cream

Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade

Maraschino Cherries (garnish)

DIRECTIONS

Pour red wine into a chilled pint glass. Add 1-2 scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream. Top with a splash of Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade. Garnish with a cherry on top.

 

Sparkling Cherry Fro-Yo Float

Prep Time: 10 minutes Start to Finish: 10 minutes Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

1 bottle (17 oz) Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade

1/3 cup sugar

1 pack (.13 oz) fruit-flavored powdered drink mix

3 cups ice

2 cups frozen vanilla yogurt

Garnish: whipped topping, fresh cherries or limes

DIRECTIONS

In blender, combine Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade, sugar, powdered drink mix and ice; blend thoroughly until slushy. Divide slushy mixture between 4 glasses, about 3/4 cup each, and add 1/2 cup frozen yogurt to each glass. Top with whipped topping and maraschino cherry; serve immediately with a straw.

 

Bellini Mocktail

INGREDIENTS

Pineapple Sorbet:

2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into chunks

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple

Sorbet Bellini Mocktail:

1 1/2 cups Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple

2/3 cup pineapple sorbet

Garnish: fresh pineapple wedges, coconut flakes

DIRECTIONS

Pineapple Sorbet:

In blender, puree pineapple chunks with sugar and water until smooth. Chill pineapple mixture in refrigerator for 1 hour. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions and store tightly covered in freezer until ready to use. Makes about 2 ½ cups.

Sorbet Bellini Mocktail:

In two 12 oz glasses, add 3/4 cup Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple. Using small ice cream scoop, add 1/3 cup pineapple sorbet to each glass. Garnish with fresh pineapple wedge and coconut flakes, if desired.

Tip:

Pineapple sorbet can be made up to a few days ahead of time so it’s ready to go when you need it. For a special twist, coat top rim of glass with water or pineapple juice and dip in coconut flakes.