What’s more iconic than a selection of chilled treats on July 4th? The kids are hanging by the pool, everyone’s tummy is filled with burgers and baked beans, and the fireworks are about to start. It’s time to bring out something truly showstopping that everyone will love. Chocolate-Dipped Bananas, anyone? How about Red, White, and Blue Smoothies? Or Berry Blast Tea with fruit-filled ice cubes? Maybe Fruit Sparklers?
These treats are definitely not artificially flavored Bomb Pops. We’re talking about desserts free of refined sugar and full of nutrients. The recipes below are similar to Red, White, and Blue Berry Ice Cubes that are truly American while remaining deliciously healthful.
Luckily, there are plenty of natural red, white, and blue foods like berries, juice, and vegetables to make the occasion patriotic. With a little creativity, a diabetic-friendly 4th of July menu of chilled treats is completely possible.
Red, White, and Blue Smoothies
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 peeled and frozen bananas
- ½ cup coconut
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- Agave nectar
In a blender, combine strawberries, ¼ cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of almond milk and agave to taste. Blend well and pour mixture evenly into four clear cups.
Rinse the blender and combine bananas, coconut, ½ cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of almond milk and agave to taste. Blend. Pour evenly over the strawberry mixture.
Rinse the blender and combine blueberries, ¼ cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of almond milk and agave to taste. Blend, then pour over the banana coconut mixture. Garnish and serve!
Berry Blast Tea
- Tazo Blackberry Iced Tea bags
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- Purified water
- Ice cube tray
- Mint leaves
Brew tea according to instructions. Place in a pitcher and chill overnight or until cold.
Place one berry in each cube of the ice tray. Cover with purified water and freeze. Place ice cubes in a clear glass so the pretty ice cubes will be on display.
Pour the blackberry tea over the ice and garnish with mint.
- 4 peeled bananas
- 4 popsicle sticks
- 1 cup of dark melting chocolate
- Chopped pecans
- Shredded coconut
Insert popsicle sticks into the four bananas. Freeze.
When bananas are solid, melt the chocolate and immediately dip all bananas. Roll in nuts and coconut.
Lay on a baking sheet covered in wax paper and place in the freezer for 2 hours or until ready to serve.
- 15 halved fresh strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 small watermelon
- Wooden skewers
Slice the watermelon and create star shapes by hand or with a small, star cookie cutter.
Slide berries onto the skewers in preferred, alternating order. Place a watermelon star on top of each one.
Freeze and enjoy!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karyn Wofford is a type 1 diabetic who has been educating herself about health and wellness for 14 years. She has been an Emergency Medical Technician for 5 years and is now studying to become a Health and Wellness Specialist. Her aspiration in life is to bring helpful information to those seeking to be as healthy as they can be.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to take the place of medical advice. Always discuss any dietary or lifestyle changes with your doctor first.