Hey, you worked hard for that summer beach body, don’t ruin it with too many hot fudge sundaes. Stop stressing about your diet (we’re serious!). Put your calorie-counting mind at ease when treating yourself to these healthier summer desserts in NYC.
Summer Sorbet, Casimir & Co.
1022a Lexington Ave
Recently opened, this cozy Upper East Side shop with a French flair serves deliciously light summer sorbets. First flavors include fruity favorites like mango, pineapple and pomegranate. Similar to many of the savory specials on the menu, the sorbets will rotate often to reflect the current season. Modeled after big sister Casimir in the East Village, the uptown Casimir & Co. boasts a French bistro dining experience with a relaxed vibe.
Ice Cream, MilkMade
By Delivery Only
The hunt for a better pint of ice cream led one New York woman to start her own business. Diana Hardeman, the founder of MilkMade Ice Cream, makes her so-called ‘scream’ with organic, natural ingredients in original flavors like margarita, salted caramel and blueberry. The fresh, unprocessed goodies are guaranteed by building relationships with local farmers and foraging for local ingredients. Currently, MilkMade Ice Cream is only available through delivery, which is available throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.
106th St Concessions
The man behind CITYSTICKS, ice pops made with fresh fruit and natural ingredients, used to be a bartender — so he knows a thing a two about how great flavors make people happy. Justin Harter was inspired to launch his own ice pop stand while visiting Rockaway Beach on a summer day, and now his simple, sweet treat is available at several locations in the Big Apple. CITYSTICKS come in all sorts of flavors, like black grape kiwi, cucumber lemonade and even boozy delights like jackfruit orange mimosa.
Sorbet Terrine, The General
New York, NY
Sophisticated and sweet — what more could you ask for from a summer dessert? The Sorbet Terrine at The General is a delectable dish: Bruleed Citru, Roasted Black Grapes, Grilled Pineapple and Ginger Asian Pear. The fruity dish will silence your sweet tooth — and it won’t have you fretting over your waistline, either. If your company is still pining for a indulgent, true sugary concoction, the brand new bakery at The General whips up doughnuts that we’ve already gone crazy for.
This West Village gelato and sorbetto pop shop has a variety of low calorie icy treats. All of the popSorbettos are between 69-79 calories, popGelatos are between 149-198 calories and YogurtPops are only 100 calories! All of their pops have no artificial ingredients, no preservatives and are free from high fructose corn syrup. Each bar is made with real fruit fresh daily, with options available for vegan and gluten-free customers too.
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, Forbidden Fruit
When fruit is dipped into chocolate, do the calories even count? If they do, we don’t mind one bit when looking for sweets at Forbidden Fruit, a West Village shop dedicated to fresh fruit dipped in indulgent chocolates. Try the sexy chocolate dipped strawberries to stir up romance or share a cup of fruit drizzled with chocolate to share. Choose a fruit, choose a chocolate and you can even choose a topping, like coconut to make your low calorie dessert even sweeter.
At around 100 calories a pop, these fresh fruit popsicles are the perfect guilt-free way to cool down as the end of the summer sizzles in NYC. Visit one of their pop up shops around the city to enjoy their rotating flavors like Strawberry Tarragon or Tutti Frutti, each filled with chunks of real fruit. For a truly grown-up popsicle, check out their catering offerings, including boozy pops and slushies. Order now for your Labor Day bash!
The Soft Serve Fruit Co.
The Soft Serve Fruit Co offers a tasty alternative to traditional soft serve and froyo with only three ingredients – natural fruit, water and organic cane sugar. Each flavor is dairy free, gluten free, fat free, vegan, kosher and under 90 calories a serving. Go fruity with Mango or decadent with Dark Chocolate, just to name a few of their frozen flavors. Add on one (or a few) of their 24 natural toppings, adding flavor and of course a few more calories.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.