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The Unbearable Heat: Make These Low-Sugar Desserts To Cool Down Your Body

by | May 14, 2024 | Lifestyle & Wellness, Wellness

As the scorching Singaporean heat is expected to persist till end May, finding ways to cool down becomes a top priority, especially for seniors. However, indulging in sugary treats might not always be the healthiest option. That’s why we’re here to explore a delightful array of low-sugar desserts tailored to beat the heat and keep seniors refreshed and energized.


1.    Chilled Fruit Salad

Nothing beats the simplicity and wholesomeness of a refreshing fruit salad. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and fibre, it’s a guilt-free indulgence that seniors can enjoy without worrying about their sugar intake. 


   – Wash and chop fruits such as watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, and kiwi into bite-sized pieces.

   – Mix the fruits together in a large bowl and chill them in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

   – Optionally, drizzle some honey or sprinkle some cinnamon for added flavour without significantly increasing the sugar content.


2.   Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are packed with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein, making them an excellent addition to any diet, especially for seniors looking to maintain their health.


   – In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of coconut milk and a dash of vanilla extract.

   – Stir well, cover the bowl, and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight to thicken.

   – Serve the chilled pudding with a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes on top for a tropical treat that’s low in sugar but high in flavour.


3.   Cheng Teng

Cheng Teng is a popular Chinese dessert soup that is delicious, hydrating, and low in sugar. 



   – 100g dried longan

   – 50g dried red dates (seedless)

   – 50g dried white fungus

   – 50g dried snow fungus

   – 50g dried lotus seeds

   – 50g dried lily bulbs

   – 2 tablespoons barley

   – 2 tablespoons dried apricots

   – Rock sugar (adjust according to taste)

   – Water


   Instructions: Follow the steps outlined in the Cheng Teng recipe provided here.


4.   Coconut Water Jelly

Coconut water jelly is a simple, refreshing dessert perfect for hot weather. 



   – 2 cups of coconut water

   – 2 teaspoons of agar agar powder

   – Sweetener of choice (optional)



   – In a small saucepan, combine the coconut water and agar agar powder. Stir well to dissolve the agar agar powder.

   – Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

   – Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring until the mixture thickens slightly.

   – If desired, sweeten the mixture with your preferred sweetener, stirring until dissolved.

   – Pour the mixture into moulds or serving glasses and let it cool to room temperature.

   – Refrigerate the coconut water jelly for at least 2 hours or until set.

   – Serve the chilled coconut water jelly as a light, refreshing dessert option for seniors to enjoy in the heat.


In a country where the heat can sometimes feel unbearable, it’s essential to find ways to stay cool and hydrated, especially for seniors. Seniors can indulge in sweet treats without compromising their health by opting for low-sugar desserts packed with nutritious ingredients like fruits, coconut milk, and chia seeds. These homemade desserts help beat the heat and provide essential nutrients to keep seniors feeling their best all summer. So, the next time the temperature rises, whip up one of these delightful low-sugar desserts at home and enjoy a sweet relief from the heat.

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