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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with 5 Healthy Dessert Recipes

July appropriately is designated National Ice Cream Month and what better way to celebrate than with healthier versions of our favorite creamy delights. Here's a fun fact: President Ronald Reagan deemed July National Ice Cream Month back in 1984. And in the 30 years since, ice cream consumption has grown tremendously, from 887 million gallons in 1983 to 1.05 billion in 2013 (and that's just in the U.S. alone). That's a lotta milk!

Do as President Reagan once said and celebrate these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities," like making these healthy desserts to enjoy on hot summer days! These healthy ice cream recipes are invigorating, light, and chock-full of bone-healthy calcium; plus some are dairy free!

Peach Frozen Yogurt

A bit of honey is all that’s needed to sweeten this peach-based frozen yogurt to perfection. Blend up fresh, ripe peaches, honey and Greek yogurt and you have a fruity, slightly tart and protein-rich frozen yogurt base. Just 30 minutes in an ice cream maker and this treat is ready to enjoy.

Try this recipe: Healthy Peach Frozen Yogurt

Avocado and Coconut Ice Cream

If you are looking for a delicious and healthy dessert to serve at your next summer barbeque, try Avocado and Coconut Ice Cream. Yes, you heard us right, Avocado Ice Cream. Packed with healthy fats, this recipe could convert even the most diehard avocado skeptics.

Try this recipe: Avocado and Coconut Ice Cream

Vegan Banana Ice Cream

This homemade, healthy dessert is easier than you ever imagined. More important, it's low in sugar and calories, and high in omega-3s, fiber, and resistant starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat. Dig in!

Try this recipe: Banana Ice Cream

Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Yogurt

Searching for a light and refreshing way to end a meal? This bowl of sunshine has you covered! The main ingredients in this fro-yo are simple: Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries and lemon juice. Maple syrup is added for subtle sweetness which also helps to boost the other flavors. Garnish with some lemon zest or fresh strawberries and enjoy!

Try this recipe:Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Yogurt

Blueberry Protein Ice Cream

This healthy treat has all the flavors of blueberry ice cream, with an added protein boost! Blend together cottage cheese, frozen banana, frozen blueberries, almond milk, vanilla and stevia. Let it set in the freezer for a few hours, scoop and serve with your favorite toppings. Melted peanut butter, toasted coconut and granola are perfect pairings. (But a little chocolate syrup wouldn’t hurt either!).

                Try this recipe: Blueberry Protein Ice Cream

What’s your favorite healthy ice cream recipe? Let us know below!

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