Sorbet is just as sweet and satisfying as ice cream, but it’s based on healthy, filling fruit instead of cream and sugar. Make your own by pureeing fresh fruit, then tossing the mixture in the freezer, says registered dietitian nutritionist Caroline Passerrello, MS, RDN, LDN, spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If you plan to eat it the next day or later, either put it in the fridge to soften before serving or turn it into shaved ice by shaving the fruit into a dish. Find more delicious substitutes for dairy products.
Word of warning: Store-bought smoothies can be loaded with juice and other sneaky sugar sources, so your juice bar might not deserve its health halo. If you make your own smoothie, you can keep track of exactly what goes in so you don’t go overboard. Keep the calories down by choosing the right base. “In the summer especially, it’s a great time to just add water as the liquid that kind of helps it blend together,” says Passerrello. “I used to be skeptical, but adding water and frozen fruit is really nice.” If you crave more of a flavor punch, try coconut water instead, she suggests.