How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too This Summer

Healthy desserts sound like an oxymoron, but they’re real. Here are a few of our favorites.

With summertime here, one of the biggest weaknesses a lot of people have with sticking to their diets is highlighted. Yes, I’m talking about desserts. Someone always seems to bring something sweet and tasty during summertime get-togethers. 

This year, have that person be you. The truth is that you can make delicious, healthy, low-calorie desserts that will fool even the sweetest of tooths. The great thing is that people won’t even know the difference. Below are a few different recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without leaving you feeling guilty:

Raspberry Chocolate Almond Crunch Frozen Yogurt Popsicles. Not only are these popsicles easy to make, but they’re tart, sweet, and have a satisfying crunch. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • One 4 ounce bag of Cascadian Farm Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Granola Bars
  • About two cups of vanilla yogurt or plain yogurt sweetened to taste with honey, maple syrup, or desired sweetener
  • About 48 frozen Cascadian Farm Premium Organic Red Raspberries

Instructions:

1. Empty the bag of Granola Bark onto a cutting board and chop into small pieces.

2. Place about one and a half to two tablespoons of yogurt in the bottom of the popsicle molds (I used eight molds. All quantities and number of popsicles you make will depend on the size and shape of your molds.)

3. Place about one tablespoon of the chopped Granola Bark in each mold, top with about three frozen raspberries, and press down.

4. Repeat with the yogurt, granola bars, and raspberries, tap to remove air bubbles, and fill molds to the top with yogurt.

5. Insert sticks and place in the freezer for at least several hours, until frozen.

*All ingredients and servings are approximated since it will depend on the size of the molds used. 

"These recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth."

Avocado Brownies. These low-calorie, low-fat brownies taste nearly identical to the real thing. The only difference? There’s no chocolate in them. Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pureed avocado about half of 1 large avocado
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and mist lightly with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the avocado and coconut oil together until smooth. Whisk in the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, and coconut milk until well-combined.

3. Spread the batter evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for fifteen to twenty minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

4. Cool brownies completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve. The brownies will stay fresh for up to three days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

This is just a small taste of the different healthy treats you can make this summer that will keep you on track with your health and fitness goals and keep everyone’s sweet tooth satisfied. For even more recipes, visit Fitness Magazine’s website here

If you have any other questions for us in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out and give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.



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