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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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                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                          1. Exercise Daily

                                          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                          The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                          • Eat unprocessed foods
                                          • Eat more veggies
                                          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                            5. Watch Out for Travel

                                            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                            6. Start Slow

                                            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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