Healthy desserts have been arguably the hottest food trend this summer, and for good reason. Who doesn’t enjoy guilt-free indulgence?
Not only are these foods utilizing natural ingredients with high nutritional value, they’re a blank canvas for delicious creativity.
Check out these four desserts that are as decorative as they are delicious.
Black Espresso Shot Ice Cream Mochi, with Activated Charcoal
85 Calories per piece
That’s right – an ice cream mochi variant that’s actually healthy.
Adding a full shot of espresso and activated charcoal – ingredients that can provide mental boosts, reduces risks of Parkinson’s disease and (perhaps) detoxify the body respectively – the gluten-free treat from Little Moons is the first of its kind in the U.K.
Get to Great Britain if you’re looking for this sweet treat, which is sold exclusively at a pop-up bar at Selfridges (London) between July 17 and September 10, along with 15 other options such as Yellow Yuzu & Elderflower, The Earl Grey of Oxford Street, Matcha, and Coconut. Selected flavors of this 85-calorie treat are also available at Ocado.
Red Capsicum and Mandarin with Coriander Seeds & Rosemary Leaves Sorbet
90 Calories per 100g
This small New Zealand treat is a mouthful to say, but boasts even more nutritional value. The range of ingredients is impressive, from Satsuma cultivar mandarins to sweet red bell peppers in Kerikeri.
As odd as the ingredient combo appears, the product is an inimitable mix of citrusy sour and spicy bitter flavors, with a dash of fragrant florals for good measure.
The sorbet is fat-free, packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, all while providing a thirst-quenching, refreshing blast of citrusy flavours. Available from Giapo in Auckland, NZ.
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Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae
110 Calories per serving
There’s nothing worse than your soft-serve dripping onto your shirt before it reaches your mouth.
Daily Harvest has created a solution – a dairy-free, cheesecake sundae (nope, not a typo). Made from a blend of your milk of choice, along with your favourite toppings, the low-calorie Strawberry Cheesecake sundae is based on wholesome food ingredients. These ingredients aren’t what you’d find in your average cheesecake recipe: Thai coconut, cauliflower, organic strawberries, dates, lemon and apple cider vinegar.
Every inch of this treat provides nutrition – even the crust contains digestive probiotics – but at what cost? Does it still taste as good as it sounds?
According to Rachel Drori, Founder and CEO of Daily Harvest, you’ll have no idea you’re eating veggies.
“This sundae tastes just like everyone’s favorite ice cream flavor, but without all the added gums, fillers and preservatives.”
180 Calories per pizza
This is exactly what it sounds like – watermelon slices covered with assorted fruits, dark chocolate, and nuts as the healthy toppings. Besides, Italian sausage never goes well with watermelon.
Rather than plain ol’ watermelon, you can beat the heat with this more nourishing snack at W South Beach (Miami) that’s rich with vitamins, antioxidants and composed of 92% water. And of course, there’s a ‘create your own’ version that allows you to personalize your pizza anyway you want.
Finally, pineapple on pizza doesn’t seem so out of place.
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