When we were kids, you were very grateful for the food on your plate—whatever it might be—and you finished every last morsel thank you very much. I’ve carried that mantra with me into adulthood, which does not bode well when I’m at some BBQ picnic having a standoff with the pound cake or craving an ice cream banana split sundae on a hot summer day. (Find 7 tricks to survive the temptations at summer BBQs here.)
But I’ve learned to be smarter than the sweets: If I’m invited to a summer potluck, I offer to bring a healthy dessert to share. For my after-dinner sugar cravings, I keep low-calorie fruit desserts on hand. I figure it’s a great way to indulge (just a little) and sneak in some fruit at the same time. (Bonus: Fruit adds fiber, which—according to a recent article published in EatingWell Magazine—can help prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss.)
These guilt-free summer treats from the EatingWell Test Kitchen are all about 100 calories or less per serving and every bit as satisfying as those diet-busting desserts that seem to tempt us at every turn in the summer.
Raspberry Bars (101 calories)
Tart raspberry filling is swirled into a low-fat cream filling in these beautiful bars. They’re a festive treat for a summer picnic or party. Bonus: 2 grams fiber.
Chunky Peach Popsicles (33 calories)
These pops pack in icy cold, chunky bits of fruit. For a grown-up twist, try adding 1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint, lemon verbena or basil. Bonus: 1 gram fiber.
Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas (100 calories)
No need to overdo it on a loaded banana split sundae. These chocolaty banana pops are the perfect frozen treat to satisfy your craving. Bonus: 2 grams fiber.
Citrus-Infused Strawberries (73 calories)
A touch of lemon juice and Grand Marnier add zippy citrus notes to fresh strawberries. Bonus: 2 grams fiber.
Watermelon-Yogurt Ice (74 calories)
Inspired by creamy watermelon sherbet, this light and refreshing dessert captures the essence of summer. Even if you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can make this recipe with our easy freezer method.