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20 Light And Easy Dessert Recipes To Try This Summer That Won’t Weigh You Down

20 Light And Easy Dessert Recipes To Try This Summer That Won’t Weigh You Down

All of us love dessert, but some of us love dessert more than others or are just looking for ways to lighten up some classic desserts as swimsuit season approaches. Healthy desserts can be made all year round, but many “healthy” recipes are actually still packed with refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and refined flours. I’ve rounded up 20 light and easy dessert recipes to try this spring and summer that aren’t only made with real food ingredients, but they’re also delicious and will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Your spring and summer are fixing to get pretty sweet! Take a peek at these and pick one (or two!) to try today!

1. Healthy Flourless Carrot Breakfast Cake

20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

    Source: The Big Man’s World

    Regular breakfast cake recipes contain sugar and white flour that lead to erratic blood sugar spikes, but you don’t need them thanks to this Healthy Flourless Carrot Breakfast Cake that satisfies and nourishes! Start your day with it or pair it with some plain yogurt and berries for a refreshing summer dessert!

    2. Fro Yo Berry Bites

      Source: SkinnyMs.

      Do you love frozen yogurt? Get the benefits in a convenient, bite-size form that’s easy to make and has no added sugar. All you have to do is use regular yogurt, berries, and take advantage of your freezer—that’s it! Get the recipe at SkinnyMs.!

      3. Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream

        Source: Sugar-Free Mom

        Who can say no to peanut butter? Not many people, unless you have an allergy, in which case you may be able to use almond butter instead. Either way, this sugar-free peanut butter dessert by Sugar-Free Mom would make any summer afternoon pretty special!

        4. Greek Yogurt Strawberry Popsicles

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          Source: Simply Healthy Home

          These aren’t just easy on the eyes, they’re also tasty and healthy too! No refined sugars are found in these pops by Simply Healthy Home, and these even have natural protein and probiotics thanks to the Greek yogurt!

          5. Raspberry Lemonade Cake

          20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

            Source: Gwen’s Nest

            This dessert will please sweet tooths of all ages. It’s also very diet-friendly and contains no artificial sweeteners of any kind. Made with nutrient-dense ingredients, this cake by Gwen’s Nest is a must-make for your weekly meals and for parties too!

            6. Pretty in Pink Superfood Smoothie

              Source: The Soulful Spoon

              Not only are smoothies a great way to stay hydrated, but they’re an easy vehicle to add more nutrition to your day. Try this glowing pink smoothie that uses a special fruit that’s rich in nutrients and bright in color. It’s my favorite superfood smoothie yet!

              7. Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait

              20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

                Source: Eating Bird Food

                Who needs regular parfaits when you can have a protein-packed quinoa parfait? Embrace strawberry season to its fullest potential with this recipe from Eating Bird Food.

                8. Raw Beauty Bites

                  Source: The Soulful Spoon

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                  Have a fudge craving or just a sweet tooth that won’t leave you alone? These Raw Beauty Bites are just what you need. Bring back the snack action for spring!

                  9. Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls

                    Source: The Healthy Family and Home

                    Lemon is a classic flavor to enjoy during spring and summer, and what better way to enjoy it than with a sweet and healthy meltaway recipe? The Healthy Family and Home has one of the healthiest and tastiest lemon meltaway recipes you’ll ever enjoy!

                    10. Coconut Peach Mango Tea Bread

                      Source: The Soulful Spoon

                      Add something fun to your desserts by mixing things up! This Coconut Peach Mango Tea Bread is light, tender, and features a natural tropical flavor. Get the recipe at The Soulful Spoon!

                      11. Super Light and Fluffy Chocolate Raspberry Mousse for Two

                        Source: Slim Pickin’s Kitchen

                        Mousse is a light way to enjoy chocolate, but most recipes contain added sugars and preservatives. Not this one by Slim Pickin’s Kitchen, which contains all kinds of healthy ingredients—although you’d never know it because this recipe is so good!

                        12. Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding

                        20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

                          Source: Dessert Now Dinner Later

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                          Raspberries, lemon, and chia make a great light combo for desserts, and you could actually enjoy this chia pudding recipe by Dessert Now Dinner Later for breakfast too! Make a few of these ahead of time and you’ll have light desserts and treats all week!

                          13. Funfetti Breakfast Cake

                            Source: Slim Pickin’s Kitchen

                            Who doesn’t love funfetti anything? I know it’s always been one of my favorite ways to enjoy a kid-like treat, but who wants refined cake mixes and sugary frostings just so they can have funfetti-flavored delights? Try this Funfetti Breakfast Cake and enjoy it for breakfast OR dessert. It’s made with real food ingredients so your blood sugar and sweet tooth will both be happy!

                            14. Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream

                              Source: The Soulful Spoon

                              Not into dairy or can’t tolerate it? No need to miss out on ice cream when you can have nice cream instead! Nice cream is made with fruit instead of dairy, and it has the same consistency as ice cream without the added fats or lactose found in milk-based ice creams. Try this Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream on a hot day or even with some oatmeal for breakfast!

                              15. Frozen Yogurt Bark

                                Source: My Fussy Eater

                                Chocolate bark isn’t the only dessert you can enjoy when you want something to munch on that’s healthy for you; try Frozen Yogurt Bark instead! It packs protein, fiber, and natural sweetness if you make it with high-quality ingredients. This recipe from My Fussy Eater is a great one to start with!

                                16. Vegan Blackberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

                                  Source: Hello Glow

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                                  Smoothie bowls are all the rage, and they’re wonderful to enjoy as a healthy meal option or as a dessert. You can even make smoothie bowls to serve in large batches for parties and get-togethers. Try this unique smoothie bowl recipe by Hello Glow that features blackberries and coconut for a tropical, fruity twist!

                                  17. Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

                                    Source: Dessert With Benefits

                                    Missing the traditional peanut butter cup candies most of us grew up with? There’s no need to fret thanks to this healthy option by Dessert With Benefits. Dessert has never looked so good!

                                    18. Greek Yogurt Popsicles

                                      Source: Damn Delicious

                                      Popsicles just never get old, especially in the warmer months. Thankfully, there’s a healthy recipe to the rescue: Greek Yogurt Popsicles. And if you’re dairy-free, you can even make them with coconut Greek yogurt instead. Keep these in the freezer for hot days coming up soon!

                                      19. Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars

                                      20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

                                        Source: Minimalist Baker

                                        Lemon bars make such a great spring dessert, and they’re a wonderful option to take to parties, cookouts, or showers you might be going to. Try these Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars by Minimalist Baker as your next way to enjoy luscious lemon desserts. They’re not only easy to make, but they’re also packed with real food ingredients—no refined flour or sugar needed!

                                        20. Instant Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt

                                        20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

                                          Source: Dessert Now Dinner Later

                                          Strawberry and banana is a classic flavor combination that’s pretty hard to tire of. Pair them with yogurt, freeze, and you’ve got a fabulous dessert that is just like ice cream in texture and sweetness but much better for you. This Instant Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt by Dessert Now Dinner Later will be one you’ll want to keep on hand all summer long!

                                          Your spring and summer now have 20 reasons to be all that much better. Try out more light desserts with these 33 Healthy and Delightful Berry Recipes You Can’t Miss! 

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                                          12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

                                          12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

                                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                                          1. Nuts

                                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                          2. Blueberries

                                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                          3. Tomatoes

                                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                          4. Broccoli

                                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                          6. Soy

                                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                          7. Dark chocolate

                                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                                          15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                          10. Gingko biloba

                                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                          11. Green and black tea

                                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                          Find out more about green tea here:

                                          11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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