Sweet summer treats like ice cream and s'mores can easily get in the way of your healthy eating goals. The next time you're craving a sweet treat, try one of these lighter options the whole family will love:
Chocolate-dipped pretzel rods: Dip pretzel rods in dark chocolate and dress them up with optional add-ons like chopped nuts, sea salt or sprinkles. You can even arrange them in a decorated mason jar as a cute “bouquet" to let someone know you're thinking about them!
Chocolaty graham crackers: Dip reduced-fat graham crackers in dark chocolate for a sweet, simple treat with no campfire needed.
The classic fruit and chocolate combo: Chocolate-covered strawberries are always a favorite, but banana, apples or pineapple are tasty choices too. Roll in chopped nuts or coconut for extra flavor.
Dressed-up fruit skewers: If you’re not a chocolate fan, try fruit skewers sprinkled with dried coconut flakes or dipped in low-fat yogurt. For a chilly treat, try freezing them!
Pretty parfaits: Whip up a batch of homemade low-fat pudding or store-bought Greek yogurt and layer or decorate it with your favorite berries. Get the kids involved to create their own favorite combinations!
Perfectly shareable cake: If you love cake, aim for a fluffy angel food cake topped with strawberries, raspberries or blueberries and chocolate sauce drizzle.
Froyo: Top a small scoop of frozen yogurt with sprinkles, coconut flakes, fresh berries, nuts, or chocolate or low-sugar fruit drizzle.
Homemade frozen treats: Make your own frozen yogurt pops for more protein and less sugar. They're fun and easy to make with the whole family! See how: