Cutting back on high-fat, sugar-laden treats like cakes, pies and brownies is a good idea. But no one wants to miss out on dessert. Fresh melon chunks, sliced peaches, papaya and ripe berries give your meal a nutritional bonus and satisfies the sweet tooth. Here are some ideas for combining summer fruits with low-fat ingredients to make dessert special-go heavy on the fruit and light on the extras to keep it nutritious.
Summer favorites like cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon are sweet, juicy and flavorful enough for dessert right off the vine. Adding a scoop of sorbet or sherbet to a melon wedge along with a splash of raspberry syrup or lime juice turns fresh melon into a real taste sensation.
- Melons are virtually fat-free, low in calories, and provide a good source of vitamins A and C.
- With only 50 calories per cup of melon cubes, they're a nutritional bargain.
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries signify the peak of summer sweetness. Take advantage of their vibrant color and flavor to jazz up any fruit salad, or top a dish of mixed berries with a dollop of vanilla yogurt or whipped topping for a healthy treat. Sprinkled over frozen yogurt or layered with low-fat pudding they make a beautiful and great-tasting sundae or parfait.
- Berries average about 60-80 calories per cup.
- They're an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber.
For a show-stopping dessert that will definitely make your kids finish their vegetables, surround a wedge of angel food cake with slices of fresh peaches or nectarines. Add a small scoop of Dreyer’s Slow Churned Rich and Creamy Vanilla Yogurt and top with fresh berries and a drizzle of NESTLÉ NESQUIK Chocolate Flavor Syrup.
- Peaches and nectarines have only 50-65 calories each.
- They provide loads of vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber.