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Healthy Summer Desserts
Summer is upon us! Characterized by ice cold sweet tea and lemonade alongside deliciously sweet snacks, it can be easy to get carried away with the unhealthy calories bestowed on us. However there are quick and easy healthy alternatives to drinks loaded with sugar and their food counterparts. Fruits are in season and they provide loads of vitamins and other nutrients that leave you feeling fuller longer. Not only are they sweet but they are by far the freshest snack available: they can be incorporated into just about anything. Below are healthy summer dessert ideas that are the right alternative to drinks and desserts with high sugar and carb levels.
Smoothies are versatile in every aspect and they are super easy! You can throw just about anything in there, blend it up, and take it wherever you go. One of my favorites is the classic green smoothie. Although it is a perfect breakfast, it can be consumed at any time for a delicious fulfilling snack. Blend together spinach, pineapple and any other fruits of your choice. Flax seeds add fiber while protein power makes it even more filling. Add any other supplements for an extra kick. To bring it all together, add almond milk as an alternative to dairy.
- Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and protein. These seeds are also incredibly versatile in that they have no flavor on their own but soak up the flavor of whatever they are placed in. They also expand in liquids and are gluten and dairy free: they are perfect for any vegan or vegetarian looking for a protein boost. Our favorite chia seed recipe are seeds soaked in vanilla almond milk with raspberries soaked in a container overnight. Feel free to substitute other fruits and/or dairy milk. For an even sweeter taste, add stevia or agave nectar.
Popsicles are like smoothies: you get out what you put in, literally. You can combine any fruits with any juice for endless colorful and delicious varieties. One of my favorites combines kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, and orange juice in a blender for a few seconds to mash up the fruit. Then the puree can be poured into plastic cups with Popsicle sticks then placed in the freezer. Feel free to replace and substitute any other fruits or juices for different flavors!
Please comment and share your favorite summer dessert recipes below. We are always looking for healthy ideas!
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