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Lighten Up: Cutting Fat and Sugar from Popular Summer Snacks

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Summer is filled with spending time with friends and family, enjoying outdoor barbecues, long weekends, vacations, and camping trips. But as much fun as it is to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather, these gatherings always seem to include a lot of snacks—many of which are high in sugar and fat. And it can be difficult to really enjoy summer when you eat a lot of unhealthy food, ruining your efforts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and beach-ready body.

There’s nothing better than enjoying a yummy snack without feeling guilty. So for your next get-together, make healthier, but of course, delicious, alternatives to what you would normally make by cutting fat and sugar from popular summer snacks…

 

1. Homemade Ice Cream

A scoop of ice cream on a hot day does wonders to cool you off and satisfy your sweet tooth. Not to mention the fact that summer is typically a time when you crave ice cream the most. By making your own ice cream, you control what goes in it, significantly lowering the fat and sugar intake. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, a blender can work too. Freeze a couple cups of fresh fruit, then blend with 2 cups of low-fat plain yogurt, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Blend to the consistency you want and serve. Or for something even simpler, use frozen bananas and blend. They can be used to make ice cream all on their own.

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