Summer is here! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the produce is fresh and ripe! Now is the perfect time to enjoy fresh seasonal fruit. Although fruit is sweet and tasty (or at least I think it is), according to the CDC, only 12% of Americans eat enough of it.
It’s important to eat about 2 cups of a variety of different fruits daily because of the great nutritional value they offer. Here are some of the benefits of eating fruit:
- High in fiber to help keep your digestive system healthy
- Low in sodium and saturated fat
- High in vitamin C and antioxidants
- Adequate intake has been shown to reduce risk for heart disease, obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes
Knowing all of the wonderful benefits, it’s hard to not want to dive into a big bowl of pineapple and strawberries! Even so, plain fruit might not really be your thing. Not-to-worry — our dietitians have crafted four mouth-watering desserts that each contain fruit! And who doesn’t love dessert on a hot summer night?!?
1) Cherry Nice Cream
This frozen cherry treat is called “Nice Cream” because it’s totally plant-based and contains no animal products! It’s naturally flavored and vibrantly colored and only contains three ingredients. Quick and easy, this is the perfect healthy dessert for a scorching summer day. Recipe here.
2) Baked Peaches with Greek Yogurt
This recipe is great for fruit-lovers everywhere. It’s a Diabetes-Friendly and dietitian approved dessert that again only contains three natural ingredients! Topped with Greek Yogurt this juicy fruity treat is high in fiber, protein, and calcium. You could say that we’re feelin’ just peachy while enjoying Baked Peaches with Greek Yogurt!
3) Cheesecake with Blackberry Compote
Gluten-free cheesecake packed with a serving of fruit? Yes, please! Believe it or not, this cheesecake is high in protein and the perfect healthy dessert to serve at your next gathering. Check out the recipe here.
4) Dessert Tacos with Ricotta and Fresh Fruit
Who says that tacos have to be savory? We like them better stuffed with fresh fruit and ricotta cheese! A drizzle of honey and lemon juice make these fruit-filled tortilla shells a crowd-pleaser. Click here for the recipe.
Food doesn’t have to taste bad to be good for you! Try making one of these delicious fruit dessert recipes for your next family cookout. For more recipe ideas, take a look at our easy recipes here.