Fourth of July and “healthy” aren't necessarily synonymous, but it doesn’t have to be that way this year. Red, white and blue are the colors of our nation, and they are also the colors of some low calorie sweets. You can enjoy some delicious desserts -- and keep your beach body in tact-- with these low-calorie dessert recipes, courtesy of Eating Well and

1. Patriotic Parfaits:

All you’ll need is eight canning jars, strawberries, blueberries, angel food cake and whipped cream. First, dice all the items into little cubes. Then add the angel food cake into the bottom of the jar, along with a layer of blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream. Continue until the container is full. You can also add some toasted coconut or granola to the top for a garnish and some crunch.

2. Flag Cake:

One trick to make cake a little healthier is to replace the butter in yellow sheet cake with oil. To avoid all the calories that come along with vanilla frosting, use reduced-fat cream cheese and low-fat Greek yogurt. Use blueberries, strawberries and raspberries for decorations. 

3. Mimi Berry Cream Pies:

The list of ingredients are as follows: 1/4 cup whipping cream, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt, 15 frozen mini phyllo cups (1.9-ounce package), 15 fresh blueberries and 15 fresh raspberries.

Mix the cream until it becomes soft. Then, add the sugar and mix it again. Next, add the yogurt. Pour the mixture into the phyllo cups and keep them in their plastic wraps. Then place a blueberry and a raspberry on each cream pie. It’s best to make this four hours beforehand and chill in the refrigerator before serving. Bonus: These little guys have 33 calories each!

4. Red, White and Blue Popsicles:  

For this recipe, you will need 1  1/2 cups blueberries, 1 cup raspberries (or strawberries) and 2 cups limeade. Divvy up the raspberries and blueberries into the freezer-pop molds. Pour the limeade over the berries and insert the sticks. It will probably take 6 hours to completely firm. Tip: Dip the molds into hot water quickly to help release them.

Happy Fourth of July!

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