How can I choose a healthy summer dessert?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Whenever you pick a summer dessert or sweet eating occasion, think about what will satisfy you the most. I recently tasted a greens and avocado popsicle -- yes, it had greens, green apple, and avocado puréed and made into a homemade popsicle -- and it was so yummy that it blew me away. I've had coconut water granitas which I loved because they hydrated me and provided a mellow, not-too-sweet flavor. But I've also enjoyed peanut butter chocolate coconut ice cream and said, "There's nothing better than this!"

So the first rule for making a good decision about a dessert or summer sweet is to figure out what you really want/need.

The second rule should be obvious: portion control. If you practice portion control, you really can have your favorite summer dessert and eat it, too.

And third, keep in mind that quality matters a lot in terms of how your body absorbs nutrients and how "bad" or "good" something is for you nutritionally. Your body knows what to do with food, but chemicals can confuse it -- so stick with organic ingredients without genetically modified organisms (GMOs), pesticides, artificial colorings, and no hormones or antibiotics used.

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