Frozen treats remain a popular summer dessert for many families. There is no reason why seniors cannot indulge from time to time, especially when the treats are homemade and healthy. Here are a few simple recipes Sacramento at-home caregivers can prepare for their loved ones.
Banana Strawberry Ice Cream
Four large sliced and frozen bananas
Four cups of strawberries
Two tablespoons of sugar or Stevia powder
Sprinkle the sweetener over the strawberries in a bowl and combine. Microwave the mixture at 30-second intervals until the berries soften and the sweetener dissolves. Add the berry mixture and the banana slices to the blender. Puree until you get a creamy consistency. Serve as is or put the ice cream in a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm.
Banana Chocolate Ice Cream
Six ripe, sliced and frozen bananas
Three tablespoons of cocoa powdered
Put the frozen banana slices in the blender and puree them until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and blend until well mixed. Serve immediately or freeze for three to four hours until the mixture is firm. Serve with fresh banana slices or chocolate chips.
Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles
Two cups of blueberries
One tablespoon of honey
Three and a half cups of vanilla yogurt
In a bowl, combine the blueberries and the honey. Place the ingredients in a blender with 2 cups of the yogurt and puree. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds. Top the molds with the remaining yogurt. Freeze for up to 24 hours before serving.
Kiwi Pineapple Popsicles
One peeled, cored and chopped pineapple or the canned equivalent
Two tablespoons of honey
Six ripe kiwi-peeled and sliced
Combine the fruit and honey in the blender and process until you have a smooth consistency. Fill the popsicle molds with the concoction and freeze them for 12 to 24 hours.
Lemonade Berry Slushies
Two cups of frozen berries
The juice from two fresh lemons
A half cup of sugar or artificial sweetener equivalent
Two cups of ice cubes
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and process to the desired consistency. Serve in glasses with straws and spoons. Respite caregivers in Sacramento can also garnish the slushies with a little fruit for added flair.
To learn more about nutritious and refreshing snacks to give to your loved one this summer, reach out to Home Care Assistance in Sacramento, CA. We provide flexible live-in, hourly, and respite care that allows local seniors to age in place without compromising their independence. Our expertly trained caregivers help seniors adopt healthy lifestyle choices such as nutritious diet and regular exercise in order to boost longevity and wellbeing. Call 916.706.0169 today to learn more about our services from a trusted Care Manager and schedule a free in-home consultation.