Savor the Sweetness: Delightful Summer Treats without the Sugar

July 21, 2023

07 / 21 / 2023

Summer is a time to savor the sweetness of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to rely on refined sugar to satisfy your cravings. By embracing natural sweeteners and clever hacks, you can enjoy a delicious and healthy summer without the drawbacks of excessive sugar consumption. These delightful creations are not only sugar-free but also packed with wholesome ingredients, making them perfect for enjoying the season while maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

This watermelon granita is a delightful sugar-free alternative to traditional frozen treats. Watermelon is naturally sweet and hydrating, making it a perfect base for this icy dessert. The addition of lime juice adds a zesty twist, creating a perfectly balanced and refreshing summer treat.

Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups seedless watermelon chunks
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

In a blender or food processor, blend the watermelon chunks and lime juice until smooth.

Pour the mixture into a shallow dish or baking pan.

Place the dish in the freezer and let it set for about 30 minutes.

Using a fork, scrape the mixture to create a slushy texture.

Return the dish to the freezer and repeat the scraping process every 30 minutes for about 2-3 hours, or until the granita reaches the desired consistency.

Serve in chilled bowls or glasses, garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired, and enjoy the refreshing taste of watermelon.

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This Greek yogurt parfait is a wholesome and satisfying treat that offers a balance of textures and flavors. Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium, while fresh berries provide natural sweetness and a dose of antioxidants. The addition of nuts adds a delightful crunch and healthy fats, making it a nourishing summer dessert.

Greek Yogurt Parfait

Greek Yogurt Parfait

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup fresh berries (such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped nuts (such as almonds or walnuts)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • A drizzle of sugar-free honey or pure maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

In a glass or jar, layer the Greek yogurt, fresh berries, chopped nuts, and shredded coconut.

Repeat the layers until all the ingredients are used.

Drizzle with a small amount of sugar-free honey or pure maple syrup, if desired.

Refrigerate for a few minutes to chill and allow the flavors to meld.

Enjoy the delightful combination of creamy yogurt, juicy berries, crunchy nuts, and a hint of coconut.

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Coconut chia pudding is a delightful summer treat that is naturally sweet and full of fiber and healthy fats. Chia seeds provide a creamy and gel-like texture when combined with coconut milk, creating a satisfying and nourishing dessert. Topping it with fresh fruit adds a burst of sweetness and vitamins, making it a perfect guilt-free indulgence.

chia pudding

Coconut Chia Pudding

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh fruit for topping (such as sliced mango or berries)
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut for garnish (optional)

Instructions

In a bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, chia seeds, and vanilla extract.

Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid.

Stir the mixture again to prevent clumping.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight, allowing the chia seeds to gel and create a pudding-like consistency.

When ready to serve, top the coconut chia pudding with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut for added texture and flavor.

Enjoy this creamy and nutritious treat that will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed.

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Summer treats can be both delicious and healthy, even without the added sugar. These three delightful recipes offer refreshing alternatives that satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping you on track with your wellness goals. Whether you choose the watermelon granita, Greek yogurt parfait, or coconut chia pudding, you can enjoy the flavors of summer without compromising your health. Embrace these sugar-free treats and savor the sweetness of the season, one guilt-free bite at a time.

Tosca Reno

Author, columnist, motivational speaker, reality TV star, radio personality, consultant, mother and wife, Tosca Reno has been inspiring millions with the Eat Clean™️ Diet series and sharing the success she's had with weight loss and Clean Eating.

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