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Lighter Summer Treats

Posted by Integrative Medicine Team on Jun 12, 2020 10:33:21 AM


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 pleasure. 

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: 

 

Topics: Healthy Diet, Nutrition