Do you find yourself feeling the most nostalgic over things that never really happened to you? I think that is a widespread element of the human condition: if we can’t remember the shortcomings of a particular experience, it sounds better to us. We miss it more. For example, the iconic Christmas song “White Christmas” was written by a Jew. I personally find I have the most romanic views of things that have never happened to me at all. I imagine skating on a frozen lake would have great sentimental value for me. But if I really ever tried that, I’d probably remember the bitter cold and how the ice seemed to be cracking and how many times I slipped and fell, more than I’d be sentimental about it.
It’s the same way with food: I’m not very nostalgic for some of the things I used to eat, such as fried fish sandwiches and French fries: why do people make such a big deal over the fried stuff anyway? I don’t find myself missing that as much as I would long for s’mores, handmade around a campfire – which I’ve never tried. Or Root Beer floats in an ice cream parlor, which I’ve never had either. This is probably why I end up making healthy versions of these things, even though I’ve never tried the unhealthy version.
Instead of a Root Beer float, this is an Izze float made with real fruit. The ice cream has been replaced with delicious vanilla bean frozen yogurt. Instead of some kind of fudge topping, I added a spoonful of Nutella on top. It looks just like melted chocolate, but has a smidgeon more nutritional value!
The liquid part of the float is tart, with the flavors of grapefruit and pineapple sweetened slightly by strawberry rhubarb jam. The sweetness comes from the frozen yogurt and of course the whole thing is made more worthwhile by the Nutella.
One thing I can be nostalgic about that I have actually experienced is summer. I love everything about the summertime, especially all the different fruits available at this time of year, so I tried to incorporate some of them into this healthy alternative to a Root Beer Float. Enjoy!
Izze and Frozen Yogurt Float
makes one large serving
- 1 bottle of Sparkling Grapefruit Izze
- 1/2 cup fresh sliced pineapple
- 1 tbl strawberry rhubarb jam (I used Jackie’s Jams brand)
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 1 large scoop (about one cup) Stonyfield Farms brand Vanilla Bean frozen yogurt
- 1 tbl Nutella
Directions: Pour Izze, pineapple, jam, and ice cubes into blender. Blend until well combined and frothy. Pour into tall glass. The glass should be on top of a small plate to catch any overflow.
Top with large scoop of frozen yogurt. Spoon Nutella on top of this. Pop a straw in there and get nostalgic!
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