Summertime calls for hot days and refreshing desserts that don’t require you to use an oven. If you like eating healthy but are tired of the same old fruit options, check out some of these unconventional choices — perfect for a picnic in the park or a backyard barbecue.
Move over shredded coconut — there’s a new game in town. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, these miniature coconut pieces offer the flat shape and satisfying crunch of a regular chip. Eat ‘em by the handful, sprinkle them on frozen yogurt, or serve them over rice pudding and fresh peach slices for a refreshing dessert. Don’t go too crazy though — while these little chips offer both dietary fiber and iron, they’re also pretty heavy on saturated fat.
When you’re a kid, there’s nothing better than an ice-cold popsicle to cool you down on a hot summer day. Now that you’re all grown up, try the adult version — frozen fruit bars. Manufacturers offer an array of types and flavors, including bars with no added sugar, bars made with pieces of whole fruit, and bars with added milk. Sugar content varies dramatically from product to product, but most offer a healthy dose of Vitamin C.
Even the healthiest eaters deserve to indulge. If you like chocolate/fruit combinations, look no further than Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Powerberries. Powerberries aren’t an actual berry — they’re pieces of acai, blueberry and pomegranate juices combined and covered in dark chocolate. While a quarter cup of this indulgent gelled snack offers 20% of your daily Vitamin C, it’s also high in sugar and saturated fat.
You know how good fresh fruit tastes, but have you ever tried freezing them — minus the ice cream, sorbet and chocolate. Just plain ole' frozen fruit. Like grapes. Or blueberries. Even melon and mango. It's an awesome way to cool off without adding extra sugar or fat.