When it comes to desserts, there is actually a lot to choose from. It might seem like any dessert you bring to a picnic would include chocolate chip cookies or fudgy brownies, but you can have delicious decadence without all the added calories and fat. Here are some different healthier desserts to try out.
No Bake Cheesecake
The first dessert option to consider for your healthier picnic is to make a no-bake cheesecake. This is not going to include all the sugar and cream cheese, plus butter, that a typical cheesecake would have. It just requires three simple ingredients, which is not only going to lower the amount of fat and calories but makes it much easier to put together and bring on your picnic without spoiling. All you need to do is fill a jar or container with some whipped cream, then top it with strawberries. Bring along some graham crackers and simply dip them into the little whip you made.
Bring Along Fruit in Fun Shapes
If you want to cut the calories even more and have healthier ‘dessert’ options, it doesn’t get much better fruit. This is the perfect idea when you want to give your kids something extra special during a family picnic, without them feeling like they are missing out on something. Fruit has lots of nutrients, is delicious, and even has some sweetness similar to dessert. You can slice up the fruit and use cookie cutters to create fun shapes in order to make it more exciting.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
This low-fat dessert combines salty and sweet but doesn’t go too crazy with the fat and calories. The pretzels are generally better for you than some salty, fried potato chips, and go perfectly as a dessert with some chocolate. You can melt any chocolate you want, including healthier dark chocolate, and dip just one corner of the pretzel in it. There is no reason you need to dunk the entire thing in chocolate. You also have the option of adding sprinkles or chopped nuts if you want, or you can leave that part out.
Homemade Potato Chips
When you want to bring chips for sandwiches with your picnic, it is better to make them yourself. This helps you make chips that contain no preservatives, minimal salt, and are not deep-fried. You can easily bake your own potato chips that are yummy and healthy. This dessert is all salty but makes for a nice treat for people who aren’t into the sugary desserts.