Make 4th of July Sweeter with Healthy Desserts

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Although you may be confused by the words “healthy” and “dessert” being used in the same sentence, with a few simple culinary tricks and some smart choices, you can have your cake and eat a slice too. Here are 11 desserts you can enjoy to celebrate America’s birthday.

Grilled Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream and Rum Sauce (pictured above)

There’s nothing simpler to make for dessert than grilled fruit. Top it with this simple rum sauce and a small portion of ice cream for around 150 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving.

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Peaches with Balsamic Cherries

Finish your meal with this simple four-ingredient combo of seasonal fruit topped with a tangy balsamic sauce.

Watermelon Granita

Three ingredients, a blender and some freezer time are all it takes to whip up this refreshing frozen treat.

Radiance Fruit Salad

A gorgeous bowl of fruit topped with a light honey dressing is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Dark Chocolate Mousse

If you’re a chocoholic like me, you’ll be glad that these delightful treats come in single-serve portions so calories can stay in check.

Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Strawberries

With its light and airy texture, angel food cake has fewer calories than most other cakes. Top with your favorite seasonal fruit and you’ve got a slimming dessert everyone will love.

Honeydew Melon and Cilantro Ice Pops

Refreshing and beautifully colored ice pops always hit the spot at any gathering. For the adults, spike them with a splash of vodka.

Raspberry-Watermelon Terrine with Blueberry Sauce

The perfect red, white and blue dessert to celebrate the holiday. No need to tell your guests that it’s less than 220 calories per serving.

Light Lemony Berry Cheesecake

Use seasonal berries like strawberries, blackberries and raspberries to add color and powerful anthocyanins, antioxidants that help fight inflammation, to your dessert display.

Lemon Icebox Bars

The tart lemon flavors combined with cooling cream cheese will melt in your mouth.

Mango Strawberry Snow Cones

Instead of preservatives and additives, these snow cones are made from real fruit.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.