Cool Treats for Non-Foodies

coffeebanana2This past week, we experienced an early bout of summer in southern Ontario. As the Humidex soared, I found myself spending more time in air-conditioned comfort and less time preparing meals.

Not such a bad thing for a non-foodie, but I do have to eat and maintain optimum energy levels, especially when I’m in the writing and editing caves.

Here are some of my favorite go-to foods during the dog days of summer.


Super Easy

  • Start the day with a smoothie. Puree in a blender until smooth: one banana, 1 cup skim milk, 6 ice cubes, 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein (strawberry and vanilla also work) and 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds.
  • Place a scoop (or two) of cottage cheese on a luncheon plate. Surround with cut-up fruit. My favorites include cantaloupe, pineapple and strawberries.
  • Drop a Popsicle stick in a fresh cheese cup and freeze it for a cool snack.
  • Mix one-half cup of plain yogurt with one mashed ripe avocado, one diced tomato, and chili powder (to your taste). Serve as a dip for tortilla chips.
  • Pick your favorite berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.) and wash them carefully. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and place the berries in a single layer. Freeze the fruit and then store in freezer bags or airtight containers.
  • Add fresh grapes and toasted almonds to your favorite instant milk-based pudding.
  • Place a scoop of frozen yogurt between two graham cracker squares. Roll the edges in chocolate chips and freeze until firm.


Fruit and Ricotta Split


½ small banana

½ cup strawberries

½ cup low-fat ricotta cheese

Sweetener (to taste)


  1. Cut banana length-wise and open onto a plate.
  2. Top with ricotta cheese.
  3. Sweeten strawberries to taste and spoon over cheese.

Iced Coffee

  1. Brew a pot of fresh coffee using two tablespoons of dark-roasted ground coffee per cup. Add sugar or sweetener.
  2. Transfer the hot coffee to a carafe, and let it cool to room temperature.
  3. Refrigerate until cold, usually two to three hours.
  4. Pour the chilled coffee into glasses and stir.
  5. Optional: Add ½ cup of milk for increased calcium.
  6. Optional: Add crème de cacao or cinnamon schnapps for increased flavor.
  7. Note: I would not combine #5 and #6.

 Funky Monkey Coffee Drink

This extra-special treat is chock full of calcium, potassium, and of course, caffeine. I found the recipe in Joy’s Life Diet by Joy Bauer.


¾ cup cold coffee

½ peeled medium banana, sliced and frozen

1 tbsp chocolate syrup

¼ cup non-fat vanilla yogurt

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. Makes one serving.

Any other suggestions for cool treats…Please share!

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About Joanne Guidoccio

In 2008, Joanne retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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14 Responses to Cool Treats for Non-Foodies

  1. I love to try new recipes- they sound delicious! I’m a total foodie!!! I love to cook and eat!

  2. Beth Carter says:

    I like the sound of the Funky Monkey Coffee! I’ll have to try it. Lemonade is a good summer drink, as is water with sliced fruit. I’ve tried oranges, strawberries, and cucumbers (separately). All are refreshing and look so pretty in a glass pitcher!

  3. I’m a foodie, so I always appreciate a great recipe.
    Tema Merback
    Writing as Belle Ami

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  5. Couldn’t survive summer in Texas without iced coffee.

  6. Smoothies are my life blood for mornings. I can’t do any dairy – so many of the others are off my list. I add an Avocado to the smoothie as well as a teaspoon of Tumeric, frozen berries, almond milk, my Vit C and D crushed up and I open 3 pro-Biotic caps and dump in the contents.
    For another cool treat – keep a couple of bananas peeled and frozen. Put in a whizzer of some type, add just a splash of almond milk and Vanilla flavoring. whip them up; layer in a tall dessert cup with Reese’s peanut butter and chocolate spread! My guests always love it.

  7. kathybryson says:

    Great list! I can’t stand turning on the oven in Florida in the summer! 😉

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