Summer is the time of year when you want to look your best, as that’s when everyone’s out and about looking amazing in their bikinis and skimpy, sporty clothing. But to get that summer bod, it’s imperative to cut out the sugar from your diet. After all, sugar is turned to fat far faster than dietary fat is. But cutting out sugar doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthy dessert or two. Here are a few healthy summer desserts you can definitely add to your diet OCCASIONALLY when you need a little something tasty at the end of a dinner:
It may sound weird, but wait until you taste it! It’s not real pizza, but a slice of watermelon used in place of a slice of pizza. Topping the watermelon is a drizzle of cream cheese frosting (low in sugar), fresh berries and red fruits, and a hint of herbs (basil and mint are delicious options) for a green finish. Eat it all down as your post-dinner dessert, and you’ll find it’s one of the tastiest ways to eat watermelon around—and one of the best healthy summer deserts to try!
Sugar cookies are a classic staple, and VERY easy to make. Instead of making them so heavy in plain white sugar, consider changing the ingredients up to use another lower-carb form of sugar. And, in place of the wheat and butter, use oat or almond flour and coconut oil. You’ll find they’re just as delicious as regular sugar cookies, but will be both vegan and gluten-free.
Don’t worry about buying it from the store—you can easily make your own! Cut the leaves off the tops of your strawberries, slice them in half, and freeze. Once they’re mostly frozen, pour them into a food processor with a spoonful of honey. Blend it until the strawberries are nicely pureed, then put it back into a shallow tray and place it in the freezer. You’ll find it tastes and serves just like your favorite strawberry sorbet!
Cherry Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love the tart and sweet flavors of cherry ice cream? Instead of using so much sugar and milk, however, try making it using coconut milk and honey instead. You’ll find it tastes just as good, but at a fraction of the calories and sweetness, and it’ll be 100% dairy-free. Serve it with toasted macadamia nuts and some white chocolate!
The beauty of frozen yoghurt is that it’s so easy to make! Simply put your favorite brand of unsweetened plain yoghurt into the blender or food processor, and blend to aerate (add oxygen bubbles). Once it’s nicely whipped up, pour it into a shallow tray or pan and store for a few hours in the freezer—until it’s frozen, but not frozen solid. Serve it like balls of ice cream, and top with your favorite fresh fruit or homemade compote.
Dark Chocolate Ganache
With a ganache, you use a bit of butter and cream to thicken melted chocolate, but dark chocolate needs no added sugar to be absolutely delicious. Make a batch of ganache sans sugar and divide it into small, easily servable portions. It’ll be way healthier than regular chocolates and a whole lot tastier!
Mixed Berry and Peach Crisp
Nothing is quite as delicious as a homemade fruit crisp! You can get away with far less flour in the mix, using only oats and a generous helping of butter for the crispy topping. With peaches and mixed berries—raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and whatever others you want to add in—you won’t need to pour sugar into the mix to make it deliciously tart and sweet.