Mary Saph Tanaka by Mary Saph Tanaka

Beat the heat by cooling off with these easy-to-make treats featuring some of summer’s in-season produce! With sweet fruits like blueberries and honeydew melon along with cool veggies and herbs like cucumbers and mint, these simple recipes make for some special summer snacks that both you and your kids will love.

Tropical Creamsicles

  • 2 cups plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut in half
  • 1/2 cup mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Small paper cups
  • Popsicle sticks

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into paper cups and place a popsicle stick in the middle. Freeze overnight. To serve, peel the paper cups off of the popsicles and enjoy!

Minty Melon Balls

  • ½ medium-sized watermelon
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 1 lime
  • ½ cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup honey

Slice the honeydew melon and cantaloupe in half and scoop out the seeds.To create the melon balls, use a melon scooper (which can be found in the kitchen equipment aisle of most grocery stores) to scoop each of the melon halves into a large bowl.
In a separate small bowl, squeeze the juice of one lime. Mix the honey and chopped mint into the lime juice and stir well.  Drizzle over the melon balls and mix. Serve chilled.

Apricot Yogurt Bites

  • 4 ripe apricots
  • ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries (or dried fruit – blueberries, cranberries or cherries)

Slice each apricot in half, removing the seed from the middle. Place apricot halves on a plate with the pit side facing up. Spoon about 1 TBS of yogurt into the pitted area of the apricot half and repeat until all apricot halves are full. Lastly, top the yogurt with one blueberry (or whichever berry you choose) and serve.

Cool Cucumbers con Chili Limon

  • 1 English cucumber
  • ½ lemon
  • 1-2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

Cut the cucumber into 1/8 inch slices. Squeeze lemon over the cucumber slices, and then sprinkle with salt and chili powder.

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