Fun and Healthy Desserts
By Abigail Natenshon
Author of When Your Child Has An Eating Disorder

  • ...what is easy for you to make?
  • …feels good in the mouth?
  • …feels even better going down?
  • …quenches both hunger and thirst?
  • …is full of vitamins and minerals?
  • …is a great palate refresher?

The answer is this fun and healthful DESSERT recipe for kids made by Chef Phil Hayes of the Daily Grill Restaurant in Skokie, Illinois. Here’s a dessert that is versatile, good for you, and elegant. In addition, it goes nicely with dairy, meat or fish meals. This dessert is at home as an after camp snack, as it is as a chaser for a gourmet meal at an elegant dinner party.

Fruity Sorbet
One cup pineapple juice
One cup orange juice (fresh squeezed is always more healthful and delicious)
The juice of four freshly squeezed lemons
The juice of six freshly squeezed limes
The juice of two freshly squeezed grapefruits.

Put mixture in the freezer. As it begins to congeal, stir it a bit to keep it from getting lumpy. When it is half frozen give it one more mix; it should start to look like an Italian ice.

Serve it frozen from a scoop. When ready to serve, drizzle with honey and garnish with fresh berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or cut up strawberries) and a sprig of mint.

You can also try different juices to come up with your own special treat.


Psychotherapist Abigail H. Natenshon has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders with individuals, families, and groups for the past 28 years. She is the author of When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers, Jossey Bass Publishers, San Francisco, CA. October 1999. Based on hundreds of successful outcomes, this book shepherds concerned parents step-by-step through the processes of eating disorder recognition, confronting the child, finding the most effective treatment for patient and family, and evaluating and insuring a timely recovery. A guide to eating disorder prevention, this book is useful to parents, health professionals and school personnel alike in countering the pervasive epidemic of unhealthy eating and body image concerns, and destructive media and peer influences. Her work can be reviewed further at her web site at To order visit

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