Brownies and Grilled Peaches: 10 Best Summer Diet Desserts

Try these summer sweets on for size

Summer Diet Desserts
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Eat a refreshing and delicious dessert this summer that won’t cost a ton of calories.

Summer is finally here! The pool is open, the kids are out of school, and it’s time to kick back and relax. Many of us have spent our spring days cutting calories and putting in hours at the gym to look our best during bathing suit season. Now that summer is here, we’re looking for ways to maintain our weight while still enjoying all of the great things summer has to offer. Now, we know you’ve been advised to cut carbs and maybe up your cardio, but how about adding a little dessert to your diet? That’s right, we said it: dessert. We’ve compiled a list of the ten best summer desserts for those people watching their waistline… or simply for anyone who’s interested in some healthy, sweet treats.

Click here for the 10 Best Summer Desserts for Dieters (Slideshow)

Forget the heavy cakes and rich ice creams. Simple, easy substitutions are the key to maintaining your figure, while enjoying your favorite fragrant delicacies. If cake is your guilty pleasure, trade the boxed yellow cake mix for a homemade, all-natural angel cake. Combine light, fluffy angel cake with sweet whipped cream and fresh-cut strawberries.

If you’re an ice cream lover, swap out your frozen favorite for homemade ice pops or frozen Greek yogurt. Calories are cut in half and protein instantly doubles — talk about a smart choice. Another easy substitution? Trade that buttercream icing for whipped cream, use a butter substitute when baking, or trade candy toppings for fresh fruit and nuts. There are endless options that can help you trim (or maintain) your waistline, while still satisfying your sweet tooth this summer.

So whether you prefer cookies, cakes or frozen treats, we’ve got something for everyone. We’ve gathered ten killer dessert options for summer dieters, so you can spend less time worrying about missing out, and more time enjoying yourself. Fewer calories, more flavor, no more sacrifice. You can have your cake, and eat it too — literally. 

Homemade Sorbet
Homemade sorbet

The great thing about sorbet is its refreshing and fruity undertones. Sweet, chilled and ultimately healthy – it truly is the perfect summer treat. Whether you prefer lemon or raspberry, blueberry or basil, there are endless possibilities for creating your homemade sorbet masterpiece.
Click here for the recipe!

Angel Food Cake with Fresh Berries
Angel food cake

You can’t go wrong with angel cake. It’s the ideal after-dinner treat, because it’s super light and satisfies the sweet tooth. Throw on some whipped cream and fresh berries and you’re good to go.
Click here for the recipe!

Check out more diet friendly desserts here!


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