The weather is hot and everyone is looking for a cool treat. There is nothing better than a cold and refreshing frozen treat when it is hot outside. Unfortunately, ice cream and frozen margaritas aren’t the best option for everyone. Some people, such as those with diabetes or kidney disease, have to be a little more careful about what kind of treats they eat.
Luckily, there are plenty of options for people who are following a kidney safe diet. These healthier options are so delicious, everyone can enjoy them.
Try these kidney safe frozen treats this summer:
Frozen Grapes: You will be surprised just how delicious a treat you can make by simply freezing grapes. They are so easy. All you have to do is separate the grapes from the stem, rinse and pat dry, and then put them in a resealable baggie or container. Freeze overnight, and then take them anywhere for a delicious cool treat. As they thaw they will get softer, but even straight out of the freezer they are great to just suck on the cool sweetness.
Peach Slush: Better even than ice cream, you can make a sweet slush with fresh fruit like peaches. Start by choosing ripe peaches, then peel and slice into thin pieces. Freeze for a few hours, and then put them in a food processor. That is all you have to do for a delicious and fruity frozen treat.
Cranberry Ice: Do you love shaved ice? You can make a kidney friendly version right in your own home, and it is so easy too. Simply put some ice into a blender and push “crush” until the ice is just where you like it to be. Spoon it into a cup or bowl and then pour on a little cranberry juice.
Lemonade Freeze: Do you love the tartness of a margarita? Create your own non-alcoholic frozen drink by simply using lemonade. All you have to do is pour your favorite sugar free lemonade into ice cube trays, and then once it is frozen run it through the blender. You can also try this same thing with limeade for something closer to a margarita.
Icy Berry Bliss: If you are craving a deliciously sweet and tart frozen treat, try these simply berry ice pops. Simply puree your favorite berries, such as raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. You can use blackberries also, but be aware that the seeds can create a different taste and consistency. Pour the puree into ice pop molds, freeze, and enjoy.
These delicious frozen treats can help you enjoy your summer and stick to your kidney safe diet. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor about what foods are safe for your particular diet. You should also exercise caution and control, and maintain healthy portion sizes.
Also published on Medium.