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Getting Your Just Dessert… Healthy Takes on Summertime Treats!

June 1, 2011

For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, the days are finally being filled with sun and our morning commute to our respective babysitting jobs, internships, or life-guarding chairs are blessed with a warm breeze. With summer comes fresh fruits, vegetables, and the smell of a charcoal grill, but the longer hours of daylight mean more opportunities to indulge.

How do we resist the temptation of cold creamy ice cream on a sweltering day or fresh-baked apple pie at a picnic? Well, first of all, do not resist completely. Denying yourself yummy summertime foods will only make you grumpy and more likely to over-indulge later on, so have that small slice of pie or single scoop of ice cream, but in moderation.

For healthier takes on summertime treats, see below. They are so easy, even a co-ed could do it.

The Banana Split Alternative: Banana Boats

This version is almost as bad as a real banana split, but by replacing the milk chocolate with antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and the marshmallows with protein-packed nuts you get a healthy treat!

Banana Splits are a summertime classic, and honestly what could be better than a combination of bananas, ice cream, chocolate, nuts, whipped cream and a cherry on top? Well, grilled banana boats can be made with a number of things available in the cupboard and only take minutes. Plus, little kids love putting the toppings on, so test it out next time you are babysitting to score some extra Cool Babysitter points.

To Make: slice a banana down the middle. Put whatever toppings you would like into it. Some healthy toppings include:

  • dark chocolate chips
  • honey
  • cinnamon
  • nuts
  • peanut butter
  • nutella

Wrap in tinfoil and place on the grill or in an oven (preheated to 350 degrees) for 7-10 minutes. Unwrap, top with low-fat frozen yogurt or frozen Lite Cool Whip, and enjoy!



The Ice Cream Pie Alternative: Pistachio Pie

Try topping it with heath bar, for a more delectable treat, or halved pistachios, to add an extra crunch!

Frozen ice cream pies seem to encompass all the great foods in life: ice cream, pie, and whipped cream. But these seemingly innocent buggers can breach the 800-calorie-per-slice mark. So how do we get all that cold, creamy goodness we crave in the hot summer months? Frozen Pistachio Pie. This is a Healthy in College Family Recipe, but tinkered to make it almost guilt-less. This skinny pie comes in at around 150 calories, and 7 grams of fat, but with all the satisfaction as the real thing.

What you’ll need:

  1. 1 1/3 cups crushed low-fat graham cracker
  2. 2 tbl melted Smart Balance or reduced-fat butter
  3. 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  4. 1 package sugar-free instant pistachio pudding mix
  5. 1/4 tsp almond extract
  6. 1 (8oz) thawed container Cool Whip Lite
  7. 1 cup dark chocolate shavings

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 
  2. Crust
    1. Mix graham cracker crumbs and melted butter
    2. Coat the mixture on the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan, pat evenly
    3. Bake for 10 minutes, then put in refrigerator to cool
  3. The Insides & Top
    1. Whisk milk, dry pudding mix, and almond extract in a bowl for 2 minutes until thick.
    2. Fold in 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip Lite with a spatula into the mix
    3. Spread the remaining cool whip on top of the mixture
    4. Sprinkle dark chocolate shavings on top
    5. Chill in Freezer

The Sheet Cake Alternative: Angel Food Berry Cake

Summer is full of birthdays and celebrations. From Memorial day to Fourth of July, cakes are a standard at every special occasion. The sugary moist cake coated in frosting can be delicious, especially when topped with ice cream, but repetitive abuse can make the jeans fit a little tighter come fall.

Put that college edu-macation to good use and create your own masterpiece.

Angel Food Cake is low in calories in fat, but its fluffy goodness can cure even the most critical sugar craving. This recipe (if you can even call it that) is so easy, if you have wheels, or even legs, you can put it together.

What to get:

  1. One pre-made angel food cake (available at most grocery stores)
  2. Berries of your choice (we like pairing it with raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries)
  3. Cool Whip Lite topping
  4. Hershey’s Lite Chocolate syrup (optional)

Spread Cool Whip on top of cake. Top with berries and syrup. If you really want to impress your Grandma, make a creative pattern with the berries!


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