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Summer Treats

Satisfying your sweet tooth doesn’t have to sabotage your diet.

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Summer Treats - Pineapple.Summer is one of my favorite seasons not only because of the great weather, but also because of the fresh foods that are in abundance. Some of my favorite produce such as berries and watermelon are available, which means refreshing and nutritious treats for me and my family!

Though summer brings forth healthy produce, it also brings a new wave of desserts: cool and refreshing ice cream and frozen yogurt. These desserts may taste good and give you a break from the heat, but they are also full of unwanted calories and fat, while offering little nutrition.

So why not have the best of both worlds? Desserts can be both refreshing and satisfying, all while keeping you in good health. For taste and nutrition packed into one, try the whole foods way of eating dessert—include naturally sweet fruit:

  • grilled fruit kabobs
  • smoothies
  • fresh fruit salad
  • fruit and yogurt parfaits
  • big slices of watermelon
  • frozen grapes or banana
  • grilled bananas or pineapple

Looking to whip up a late night treat that won’t leave you feeling heavy? Try these simple and delicious recipes:

Satisfying your sweet tooth doesn’t have to sabotage your diet, so experiment to find which naturally sweet fruits taste best. If you decide to splurge, don’t fret. Keep portion sizes in check and you’ll still be svelte for summer!

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Tags: Healthy Eating , Nutrition , Quick and Healthy , Vegetarian

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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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