Healthy ways to sastisfy your sweet tooth by Bella Yzerman, dietetic intern

Now for the fun stuff . . . it is summer after all. Read below for some light, healthy, and refreshing dessert ideas to enjoy at the beach, around the pool, or any time with friends!


Coconut Mango Chia Pudding


14-ounce can of coconut milk

6 teaspoons of chia seeds

5 tablespoons of shredded coconut

5 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 refrigerated mango


Whisk the coconut milk, chia seeds, shredded coconut, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a bowl.

Let the bowl sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Mix again, then cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt  

ice cream


4 cups of frozen strawberries

3 tablespoons of agave nectar or honey

½ cup vanilla yogurt

1 tablespoon of lemon juice


Add the frozen strawberries, yogurt, lemon juice, and either agave nectar or honey into the bowl of a food processor until smooth and creamy.

Place in freezer until serving time.

Melon Flowers






Using metal cookie cutters, cut flower shapes and circles out of the fruit.

Place the circles in the center of the flowers.

Stick lollipop sticks in the melon flower.

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