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Healthier Summer Dessert Alternatives

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 11:28:11 AM by healtheo360

Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Deserts and snacks are packed with sugar and calories, but there are healthier summer dessert alternative options that not only cut the calories, it tastes great too!

Healthier Dessert Alternatives for Summer

Skip the cheesecake and ice cream and try these eight low sugar desserts that will keep you on track!

Healthier Summer Dessert Alternatives  #1- Chocolate-dipped Strawberries
Strawberries are low in sugar content and a good source of antioxidants that can reduce the risk of disease. Dip some strawberries in semi sweet chocolate or dark chocolate, to make a delicious healthier treat!

Healthier Summer Dessert Alternatives #2- Frozen Chocolate Bananas
Bananas are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and potassium. Peel, cut and freeze the banana until its solid. Then coat in melted dark chocolate and top with nuts, granola, or sprinkles. Let them set in freezer for an hour and you’ll have a nutritional treat!

Healthier Summer Dessert Alternatives #3- Choco-Nut Popcorn
Melt 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and drizzle on some natural popcorn; dust cocoa powder to finish. You can also use Nutella instead of peanut butter for a sweeter treat.

Healthier Summer Dessert Alternatives #4- Yogurt Parfait
Yogurt is a protein packed snack that is a good source of calcium. Select 1 cup of Greek yogurt and top with granola, nuts, and fruits for a healthier choice.

Healthier Summer Dessert Alternatives #5- Homemade Fruit Ice Pops
Cool off this summer with fruit ice pops! No added sugar and you can start with any fruit base you desire. Pop some fruits in a blender and puree; pour the mixture to ice pop molds or an ice tray and store in the freezer for 8 hours. Substitute sugar with agave syrup.

Healthier Summer Dessert Alternatives #6- Fruit with Cottage Cheese
This combination provides the perfect serving of protein and vitamins. Add some honey for additional sweetness.

Healthier Summer Dessert Alternatives #7- Fresh Fruits
The healthiest choice that will satisfy your sweet tooth and get your dose of fiber and vitamins! During the summer, watermelons will keep you hydrated! Place some in the freezer to make a cooling sweet treat.

Healthier Summer Dessert Alternatives #8- Smoothies
Made from a variety of fruits or greens, a healthy smoothie is perfect for snacks or desserts. Use some frozen fruits instead of ice for a thicker blend.

During the summer, eating tons of sugar can make you feel heavy. When those cravings hit, you can still be healthy and satisfy your sweet tooth by eating light sweets that will help you keep refreshed.

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