It’s 90 degrees and 100% humidity outside and all we can think about is AC and a tall glass of sweet tea. Here are a few refreshing ideas to help you cool down:summer foods-grilled peaches

  • Undeniably sweet tea is delicious, but it’s a lot of sugary calories. For a slightly healthier version that offers sweetness from fruit, we like to add raspberries or peaches to our iced tea. This is a great way to use some of the over-ripened fruit, or even frozen berries, because you are going to crush them – or “muddle” them — to release all the juices throughout the drink. This works really well for lemonade, too!
  • Combine frozen 100% juice and berries, then freeze to make popsicles. No need to buy a fancy popsicle maker, you can use little Dixie cups with wooden popsicle sticks – the wax on the cups helps them slide right off.
  • Make a slushy with honeydew. Add a few cubes of ice, cubes of honeydew and a couple mint leaves to a blender for a refreshing drink.
  • Grilling? Try adding fruit on the grill – it caramelizes the sugar and makes it delicious. Watermelon, peaches and pineapple all work really well and make for a healthy dessert. We’ll even let you top it off with a little (low fat and/or low sugar) ice cream. Tip: you can use canned pineapple rings, just pat them dry a little first with a paper towel so they don’t drip all over the grill area and bring ants to the picnic!