Cool (Low Calorie!) Desserts for Hot Summer Days

When the weather is warm, nothing hits the spot better than a cool summer treat. But can your bathing suit bod handle all the deliciousness? You bet! Here’s how to indulge without the guilt.  

1. Summer Desserts: Fruit Juice Pops

Fruit Juice Pops

What you’ll need:

Fruit Juice

Fruit

Popsicle Trays (we love this one!

Directions:

Grab your favorite juice and your fruit of choice (you can cut them into small pieces. We recommend blueberries and raspberries.) Place the fruit in the bottom of the mold and fill with juice. Place the trays in the freezer overnight, and the next day you’ll have a tasty low calorie dessert to enjoy! Some other great combinations: orange juice and bananas, lemonade and strawberries, and limeade with raspberries.

2. Summer Desserts: Brownie Sundae

Brownie Sundae with Frozen Yogurt

What you’ll need:

Brownie Mix (we’re fans of Pillsbury!)

Vanilla Frozen yogurt

Fat Free Chocolate Syrup

Directions:

Follow the directions on the box of the brownie mix to make the low calorie version of the brownies (many brands offer this option on the back). You can also substitute apple sauce for the oil and eggs (seriously!). After the brownies bake, and place in a bowl while they’re still slightly warm. Next, grab your vanilla frozen yogurt and place a scoop on top of the warm brownie. Top it off with a drizzle of fat free chocolate syrup and devour.

3. Summer Desserts: PB & J Shake

Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake

What you’ll need:

Creamy Peanut Butter

Raspberry Sorbet

Low Fat or Non Fat Milk

Ice

Blender

Directions:

There is nothing quite as comforting as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! So why not try that in a shake? First, fill a blender with a cup of either low-fat or non-fat milk. Then, add a tablespoon (or two) of peanut butter. Next, add a scoop of raspberry sorbet and throw in some ice. Blend it all together and enjoy! 

Quick Tip: Don’t be afraid of the calories in peanut butter! Peanuts are full of good fats so if you want two tablespoons (or, three…) go for it!

4. Summer Desserts: Ice Cream Sandwich

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

What you’ll need:

Low-Cal cookie dough (We like Immaculate Baking Company cookies)

Low-fat ice cream

Directions:

Follow the directions for baking the cookies you selected. When shopping for cookie dough look for brands that allow you to have two cookies that will equal less than 150 calories. We recommend Immaculate Baking Company, which offers delicious vanilla sugar cookies for only 70 calories each! After you finish baking the cookies, let them cool, but make sure they’re still slightly soft to the touch. Next, scoop the low-fat ice cream onto one cookie and press with another cookie to create a sandwich. This dessert is gooey, delicious, and won’t hurt your waistline!

Warning: This ice cream sandwich is very messy so make sure to have some napkins nearby. 

5. Summer Desserts: Almost Cheesecake

(Almost) Cheesecake

What you’ll need:

Graham Crackers

Low-fat Cream Cheese

Low-Fat Sour Cream

Low-Fat Whipped Cream

Strawberries,

A Ramekin (or small bowl)

Directions:

First, crush 3 to 4 graham crackers and place them at the bottom of a ramekin or bowl. Next, in a separate bowl, mix low-fat cream cheese (that has been softened at room temperature) with sour cream. You can decide the cream cheese to sour cream ration individually depending on the taste you are going for. (Like your cheesecake a bit sweeter? Go for a 2 to 1 ratio of cream cheese to sour cream.) Next add a touch of sugar (or Splenda if you want sugar free) and place the mixture in the ramekin on top of the crushed graham crackers. Let this chill in the fridge for at least an hour. After chilling, add a dollop of whipped cream, and some sliced strawberries and enjoy. (Pssst…national cheesecake day is on July 30!)