Healthy Summer Desserts

Hot temperatures call for refreshing, cool treats.  The Eat Smart team is here to help you find alternatives to the classic summer ice cream.  Remember, sometimes foods like ice cream can be enjoyed during special occasions!

Enjoy these tasty ideas with your family and feel good about doing so, too!
  • Seasonal fruit salad.  Enjoy a mix of your favorite fresh summer fruits.  Apples, pears, raspberries, and watermelon are in season well into October.
  • 30-second fruit cobbler.  Impress your family by making a healthy dessert on the go.  Mix a sliced apple with a teaspoon of sugar and a dash of cinnamon, microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the fruit is soft.  Top each serving with a 1/4 cup of low-fat frozen yogurt.
  • Drinkable desserts.  Make a healthy smoothie or slushy with your favorite frozen fruit.  You do not need to add sugar as the fruits are sweet on their own.  Mix your fruits with milk for added calcium, Vitamin D and protein.  Use a small (8 oz.) cup for portion control.
  • Frozen fruit treats.  Freeze small chunks of larger fruits or  small fruits such as grapes.  Take the frozen fruit in a small, sealed plastic bag when running errands or out for the day.  By the time you are ready to snack (within 2 hours) your fruits will be soft and still cold.  Refreshing!
  • Open-faced choco-banana sandwiches.  If you're crunched on time, lightly spread a chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella) on a slice of whole wheat break and top with banana slices.

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