Refreshing Healthy Desserts
Posted on 24 March 2017
Cutting back or giving up decadent treats like moist cake, sweet cookies and sugar-filled candy can be a daunting task, but we have a solution! While you might have to cut out the cake, cookies and ice cream to yield a healthier lifestyle and reach your body goals, there are still tons of desserts that Mother Nature has provided for us all. The simple tactic is to use whole foods to create delicious desserts that can crave your sweet tooth in the same way as the typical desserts we're used to. There are plenty of hacks and substitutes for a refreshing desserts to prepare this summer! To start you off right we are providing 5 Refreshing Recipes to replace the temptation of those irresistible desserts.
These healthy dessert recipes all contain delicious ingredients that pack some nutrients your body needs, too. Even with the tiniest of servings, these flavors are rich enough to diminish your cravings. Deprivation is not the way out of the tight grips of dessert's taunting temptation. Reward your sweet tooth while still staying rich in health.
Surprise! You actually don’t need ice cream to having a nice frozen refreshment. Plus, this delicious sorbet is easy to make, and just so happens to have tons of vitamins A and C, along with the antioxidant lycopene.
- In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved; set aside.
- In a blender or food processor, process the watermelon in batches until pureed. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the sugar syrup and lemon juice.
- Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish; cover and freeze for 8 hours or until firm. Just before serving, puree watermelon mixture in batches until smooth. Yield: 1-1/2 quarts.
These creamy berries are an easy way to show off your creative dessert-making skills. Going for part-skim ricotta keeps this recipe health conscious. Plus, you and your family or party guests can choose between toppings of chopped nuts or chocolate chips, depending on their preference.
Stir together strained ricotta, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest. Using a pastry bag or small spoon, fill strawberries with ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with pistachios or sugar-free chocolate chips, if desired. Serve immediately, if possible, or refrigerate up to 1 hour.
White Peach, Kiwi, Coconut Water Popsicles
These naturally nutritious popscicles are fresh, fruit -filled, 100% natural and amazingly hydrating. A great wait to cool down this summer, these popscicles are made with just a few simple ingredients so you can easily make a batch whenever the hot sun strikes.
- 1 1/2 cups/360ml raw coconut water
- The juice of 1 large lime
- The zest of one lime
- 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
- 2 white peaches or nectarines, thinly sliced
- Whisk together the coconut water, lime juice and lime zest.
- Arrange some of each fruit in your Popsicle molds.
- Pour the lime flavored coconut water into each mold to cover the fruit.
- Cover with lid or foil and place your wooden sticks. Freeze until solid.
- Run mold under warm water briefly to unmold and serve immediately.
Grilled Pineapple With Coconut Whipped Cream
Delicious, summery and healthy! Also very easy to make for your healthy summer cookout menu.
- 1 (13.5 ounce) can full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 5 tsp. sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped
- 1 pineapple
- 1/2 lime
- Fresh mint for garnish, if desired
- Make the coconut whipped cream. Place the can of coconut milk in your refrigerator overnight. The next day, place the bowl of your mixer and the whisk attachment in your freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill. Remove the can of coconut milk from your refrigerator and FLIP it upside down. Open the can and pour off the liquid at the top (note: you can save this liquid in use it in smoothies, if desired). Transfer the solid portion to your chilled mixing bowl and start whisking on high. Once it starts to get fluffy and light, add in the vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons of the sugar, whisking until incorporated. Cover the coconut whipped cream and refrigerate it until you’re ready to use it.
- Toast the hazelnuts in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat until they become fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
- Grill the pineapple. Pre-heat your grill to high. Remove the top and bottom portions of the pineapple and discard. Slice the remaining pineapple into slices about 1-inch thick. You can usually get about 6 slices from one medium pineapple. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp. sugar on each side of the pineapple slices and place them on your pre-heated grill. Grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they get nice grill marks and the pineapple is slightly softened. Remove from the grill. Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the pineapple slices.
- Serve the grilled pineapple slices with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.
Honey Tangerine Gelatin
This refreshingly rich dessert is sure to delight the whole party.
- Eight 2-gram sheets gelatin or 2 tablespoons/30ml powdered gelatin
- 4 cups fresh honey tangerine juice (12 to 15 tangerines)
- Zest of 1 honey tangerine
- 1/2 cup/125ml sugar
- Whipped cream, for serving
- Optional cookies, for serving
If using gelatin sheets, soak them in a bowl of cold water for about 10 minutes, then squeeze out the excess water. If using powdered gelatin, mix it with the tangerine juice and let sit for 5 minutes. Heat the tangerine juice, zest and sugar in a saucepan, stirring, until the mixture is warm and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and dissolve the gelatin in the juice mixture.
Pour into serving glasses or bowls. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. Serve with optional whipped cream.