Summer Slimdown Recipes for Every Kind of Appetite

By Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD Wellness Manager, Lifestyle 180 Program, Cleveland Clinic

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If you find yourself reaching for a bowl of ice cream, try this tasty alternative instead. You’ll get all the satisfaction of an ice-cold treat, but at a fraction of the calories.

Peach Poolside Popsicle


1 cup almond milk

1 banana, chopped

2 large peaches, diced

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp agave nectar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg


Blend all ingredients together until smooth. A few chunks of fruit are fine for texture. Pour into a popsicle mold. Freeze for 3-6 hours and enjoy.

Portion Distortion Slimdown

Last but not least, there’s the Portion Distortion individual – no matter how much you try, you just can’t control your portions when it comes to eating your favorite foods. The trick to overcoming this is to fill yourself up before walking into a dangerous situation, like making dinner for the family or late-night munching. Do this by having a late afternoon snack of Greek yogurt, resistant starch, and a yummy "berry slurry." The yogurt will keep you satisfied, and the resistant starch (a non-digestible fiber found in corn, bananas and beans that can also be purchased in a powder form) will provide tons of fiber to keep you full. The berries offer the sweetness that you’re craving without all the added artificial sweeteners or extra added sugars!

Greek Yogurt and Berry Slurry


6 oz plain Greek yogurt

10 oz of frozen mixed berries

1 tbsp resistant starch powder

1 tsp agave nectar


Microwave frozen berries until thawed; add agave nectar and blend together with berries. Add berries to yogurt and mix together all remaining ingredients.

Brigid Titgemeier, BS, contributed to this article

Article written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, in Cleveland, Ohio.