Beat the Heat with Icy Treats

Indulge in a frozen dessert that'll not only help you keep your cool, but will also help you keep your swimsuit figure.

  • Granita
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Thomas J. Story

    Watermelon Granita

    Featuring fresh, summertime watermelon, the only other ingredients you need to complete this simple and stunning dessert is sugar, lime rind, watermelon, and lime juice.
  • Triple-Berry Popsicles
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Photo: Sunset

    Triple-Berry Popsicles

    Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are disease-fighting foods- high in antioxidants and fiber, low in fat. Even picky eaters will love these cool, icy, and vibrant red treats.
  • Spicy Mango Granita
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Spicy Mango Granita

    A sprinkle of red pepper adds a kick to this sweet frozen fruit dessert.
  • watermelon-tequila-lime-granita
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,

    Watermelon, Tequila and Lime Granita

    Five ingredients are all you need to prepare this cool dessert. Watermelon, tequila, and lime get along so well together in this boozy granita.
  • Fresh Orange Sorbet
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Photo: Iain Bagwell, Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Fresh Orange Sorbet

    This milk-free frozen treat is refreshing and easy to make. Fresh oranges are high in vitamin C, which helps improve the body's defense system against disease-causing free radicals.
  • Cherry-Merlot Granita
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Oxmoor House

    Cherry-Merlot Granita

    Orange rind, orange juice, sweet cherries, and merlot are sweetened with a simple syrup and then frozen to make the refreshing summer stable. Keep a batch in your freezer and scrape off some of the flavored ice whenever you need a cool treat.
  • Spiked Peach Limeade Granita
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Spiked Peach Limeade Granita

    If you prefer to serve this fruit, frozen dessert as a beverage, skip the freezing and scraping steps.
  • Basil-Lemon Granita
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, James Carrier

    Basil-Lemon Granita

    Only 3 ingredients needed for this company-friendly after-dinner treat. Fresh lemon zest and juice offer a tart flavor that pairs well with the sugar and fresh mint. This summery make-ahead dessert offers a healthy dose of antioxidants from the lemons and basil.
  • Frozen Iced Tea
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Frozen Iced Tea

    Tea is rich in polyphenols– nutrients that help protect cells against cancer and heart disease. This frozen-version of a Southern classic tastes great and promotes good health.
  • Basil Plum Granita
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris

    Basil Plum Granita

    Although complex black plums, with their winey flavor, taste and look spectacular in this refreshing granita, you can use most any variety.
  • Mexican Paletas
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, James Carrier

    Mexican Paletas

    Latin American fresh fruit popsicles are a great alternative to sugar-filled popsicles. Combining nutrient-rich fruit with water or milk is a great snack on a hot sunny day.
  • Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot

    Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops

    Boasting just 82 calories and a boatload of vitamin C, these double-decker popsicles feature a sweet-tart lemon layer topped with a minty watermelon layer. If you prefer one flavor over the other, double the amount of ingredients required for each layer and make single flavored pops.
  • Margarita Granita
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,

    Margarita Granita

    Turn your favorite festive drink into a frozen dessert by freezing the margarita contents for 8 hours then processing in the blender. Serve with a sugared rim to capitalize on the sweet flavor.
  • Strawberry Granita
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Strawberry Granita

    Glitzy and glamorous, granitas are prized for their slushy crystalline texture and ease of preparation. Richly-colored strawberries add antioxidants and vitamin C to this refreshing dessert.
  • <p>Cantaloupe and Lime Slushy</p>
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,

    Cantaloupe and Lime Slushy

    Just four ingredients give you this frozen treat, which is just as delicious whether you eat it with a spoon or a straw.
  • <p>Raspberry Sorbet</p>
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,

    Raspberry Sorbet

    For this vibrant sorbet, use the freshest raspberries you can get your hands on. Farmers' market berries are especially tasty this time of year.
  • Minted Watermelon Granita
    By: Kimberly Pettigrew,, Photo: Oxmoor House

    Minted Watermelon Granita

    Cool down with this refreshing frozen treat that has only 98 calories and 0.7 grams of fat per serving.
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