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Have a Sweet, Sweet Summer!

 

Summer is the time we usually loosen the reigns a little bit—I mean, who doesn’t love a good barbecue? Though gatherings can be great for socializing, they may not be the best for our health.  For some, the biggest temptation may be sweets.   We typically indulge more when we are eating in a social setting. From ice cream to apple pie, enjoying occasional treats is perfectly okay.  If you only indulge every once in awhile, then it’s not something to stress out about.  But if your social calendar is full this summer and sweets are always on the menu; maybe moderation should be your consideration.

 

Whether you are hanging out at home or attending a party, consider summer treats that can be made a just as sweet,  but made healthier for you and your family.

 

Whole fruits and foods made with them are a great place to start.  They are naturally sweet and have lots of health benefits. For example, this would be a whole fruit sorbet.  When looking for recipes, try ones that do not add extra sugar or juice.  Fruit sorbet can also be made when almost any fruit or even a combination of fruits. Interested in trying it out?  Here is an easy guide to get started.

  1. If there is a fruit with  a tough skin, remove it (watermelon, apples, peaches, etc.)

  2. Cut up the fruit into chunked pieces (they need to be small enough to fit into a blender)

  3. Freeze the fruit for 1-2 hours

  4. Puree (Blend) the fruit until smooth in a blender or mixer

  5. You can eat it then or refreeze the fruit and eat as a refreshing dessert.

Here is an excellent source to get sorbet recipes.

 

Nothing says summer like the familiar tones of the ice cream truck.  This traditional summer favorite is tasty, but it can have a lot of added sugar.  Try a modified version of ice cream sandwich that is lower in sugar, calories, and higher in protein.

 

What You’ll Need:  baking sheet, parchment paper, whipped topping (tub), peanut butter, graham crackers.

 

Directions:

  1. Beat together sugar free instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz) mix and 2 cups of whipped topping. Place in the refrigerator once mixed.

  2. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet lay graham cracker squares about ½ inch apart of the pan.

  3. Cover the graham cracker with a thin layer of peanut butter or nut butter. Option to add mini chocolate chips on top of peanut butter.

  4. Add 1-2 tablespoons of whipped topping/ pudding combination on top of the peanut butter covered graham cracker. Optional to top the whipped topping with another graham cracker.

  5. Place the baking sheet into the freezer, flat. Freeze for about 1 hour or until whipped topping is hard/stiff.

  6. Place into a freezer safe container for more extended storage.

A similar recipe can be found here. 

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