Refreshing Paleo-friendly treats!

It’s the last day of April and finally starting to feel like spring! It’s currently 72 degrees outside and I plan on heading outdoors as soon as I finish this blog post. Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in the day? That’s how I’ve been feeling a lot lately. I wake up and before I know it I’m back in bed thinking “wasn’t I just here?” I need to prioritize my time better. Less time spent in front of the TV and computer and more time outdoors. 🙂

As the weather gets warmer you’re probably going to want healthy, refreshing treat options. I’ve got some ideas for you! I recently came across a frozen dessert that is both dairy-free and soy-free.

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So Delicious Frozen Coconut Milk has the same texture as ice cream and it comes in a lot of different flavors. I decided to try the classic vanilla bean and was pretty impressed! The coconut flavor is not overwhelming. I actually taste more of the vanilla flavor than the coconut. In case you’re wondering what’s in it, here are the ingredients:

Organic coconut milk (water, organic coconut cream), organic agave syrup, chicory root extract, carob bean gum, guar gum, vanilla extract, natural flavor, vanilla bean specks

For a frozen dessert, it has a pretty short list of ingredients. And it’s fairly high in fiber: 6 grams which is 24% of your daily value for just a 1/2 cup serving. I’m not crazy about it containing agave syrup though because the body processes it just like it would table sugar. The only up-side is that agave syrup may have a slightly lower glycemic index (it may not raise blood sugar as fast as table sugar), but I guess there’s still not enough evidence to conclude that as a fact.

I think it’s okay in moderation though. Also, if you want to add toppings, it pairs nicely with fruit, nuts, and dark chocolate. I like topping it with blueberries. 🙂

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Next up is my newest obsession: mango salsa! I recently bought some from Whole Foods but this would be easy enough to make at home.

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It’s just diced mango, sweet onion, red bell pepper, chile pepper, lime juice, and cilantro. I usually eat it with sweet potato tortilla chips or unsweetened banana chips. It’s a nice change-up from regular salsa.

And last is an easy homemade fruit smoothie.

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All you do is throw a frozen banana, frozen raspberries, black berries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and cinnamon in a blender (or any other fruit combination you’d like). I don’t add a lot of almond milk because I like my smoothies thick. I pretty much eat them with a spoon as if they were a sorbet.

Well, there are a few hot-weather treat options for you! What kinds of foods do you like to eat in the warm spring and summer months?

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