If you are trying to make peace with food this summer, desserts can be a scary subject. Part of eating disorder recovery and learning to eat intuitively is honoring cravings – including sweets. There’s absolutely no reason to feel guilty or shameful that you have cravings or want to eat foods simply for enjoyment- it is totally normal (and not all eating needs to be hunger-based, or the most nutritious choice)! If you find yourself wanting something cold and creamy to cool off this summer, give yourself permission and ask yourself these questions: what desserts are meaningful to you, or have positive memories of? What desserts bring you pleasure, or used to? What am I craving right now? If you aren’t sure, or if you are curious and like to get creative in the kitchen, we’ve picked out a few recipes to consider incorporating into your summer eating. Here are 4 cool recipes that don’t require you to turn on the oven:
Popsicles and ice cream cones are summer staples when you want something sweet. This recipe is like a mash up of both – frozen ice cream on a stick. You can even mix it up and try different flavors of oreos -there’s so many possibilities (hello, Golden oreos). Popsicle molds can be found at most grocery stores or dollar stores.
While strawberry shortcake is such a craveable warm weather dessert, it does require turning on the oven to bake those biscuits. These truffles are similar but with a twist…white chocolate, strawberries, cream cheese…yum! These little balls are easy to roll up, pop into the freezer, and enjoy in no time.
There are lots of variations of yogurt bark out there, here’s 4: honey granola, mixed berry, dark chocolate peanut butter, and tropical. These recipes call for spreading greek yogurt onto a cookie sheet, adding whatever mix-ins you like, and freezing it. You then cut it into pieces and enjoy. This bark is great for a protein-rich breakfast, snack or dessert. Get the recipe here.
Root Beer Float
This summer classic is less of a recipe and more of an infamous pairing: vanilla ice cream topped with root beer. Eat with a spoon (while you can) or drink with a straw.