I scream, you scream, we all scream.

It’s ice cream season.

We all know it’s bad for us but we eat it anyway. Same goes for high-calorie, sugar-filled frozen drinks. Iced cappuccinos. Frozen coffee drinks. They help us cool off and they taste really good.

Sometimes we try to make the better choice by buying low-fat or low-calorie options. But it’s still an uphill battle, and nobody is really providing any healthy alternatives. So I’ve tried to compile some.

FIVE ICE CREAM ALTERNATIVES (to help you cool off in a delicious and healthy way)

1. Frozen fruit.

You can freeze almost anything, and most fruit tastes much sweeter after it has been frozen. My personal favourite are frozen grapes. Just wash the grapes, stick them in the freezer, and when they’re hard you can pop them in your mouth like candy.

The first time I ate a frozen grape I was shocked at the difference in taste from the non-frozen version. They’re super sweet and very refreshing. Frozen grapes are only 62 calories/cup, and they’re easy to travel with.

Frozen watermelon is also great, and frozen bananas are out of this world. You can experiment with freezing different types of fruit.

2. Homemade Summer Smoothies.

I’m a big fan of the smoothie because you can stick a gazillion healthy things in there and it will still taste amazing. Although I love experimenting with different combinations of fruits and vegetables and powders, it always helps to have a recipe that you know will work.

Author and nutritionist Julie Daniluk has a great new article out in Vitality Magazine this month with the following healthy smoothie recipes:

  • Maca Pina Colada
  • Apple Detox Pie
  • Sprout to Life
  • Amazon Tour
  • Hippy Hippy Shake
  • Watermelon Pomegranate Chiller
  • Blueberry Booster
  • Power Station
  • Transit Breakfast
  • Detox Lightning
  • D’s Detox Dream
  • Mango Coco Loco

3. Chilled Soups.

And you thought soup was only for winter! These chilled soup recipes are not only rich in vitamins and minerals; they will also cool you down, fill you up, and satisfy your palate. They include:

  • Summer Fruit Gazpacho
  • Chilled Yogurt Soup
  • Chilled Celery & Beet Consommé
  • Tomato, Corn and Black Bean Gazpacho
  • Chilled Mango Soup
  • Chilled Cream of Green Tomato Soup

Below are some ice cream replacement suggestions from Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson M. Haas:

4. Frozen Juice Pops.

Preferably, use bottled, non-sugared, naturally pressed juices. Choices of juices: orange, papaya, orange-papaya mix, tropical punch, apple, or apple mix (such as apple boysenberry, apple grape, and so on). Some juices, such as grape, will work better diluted with a little water; in general, for less sweet juice pops, add some water to the juice. Pour the juice into ice cube containers, or any of the newer containers now available in various shapes, and freeze. A great summer treat!

5. Dr. Elson’s Nice Cream.

Frozen deserts made of fresh fruit can only be made in certain types of juicers or food processors. You can make “nice cream” in a Champion brand juicer, which is also good for nut butters. Use the hookup that pushes out everything that goes in. Freeze peeled bananas, then push whole bananas through the juicer; they will come out as creamy banana “nice cream,” a real tasty treat. Carob powder, carob chips, coconut pieces, or walnuts can also be run through with the bananas for a “nice cream” variation. Fresh frozen peaches, strawberries (trimmed), or other berries can also be used straight or mixed with bananas. Even frozen kiwis can be thrown in, peeled of course.

Really…. who needs ice cream??