Mousse is generally considered a decadent dessert because most recipes call for heavy cream, eggs, and butter. If you’re looking for a healthier option, this easy strawberry Jell-O mousse fits the bill. Made with nonfat yogurt, sugar-free Jell-O, and just one teaspoon of sugar, this recipe has all the flavor of a delicious dessert without the heaviness. Fresh strawberries add natural sweetness to this mousse while also providing some beneficial nutrients.
Recipe developer Sher Castellano says her favorite things about this easy strawberry Jell-O mousse is how it tastes and the vibrant color it brings to the table. This dish not only tastes good, but the strawberries are good for you too. The tasty fruits contain vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and folate. In addition, they also provide powerful antioxidants, which help to improve heart health as well as control blood sugar (via Healthline). So, now that you know how good and good for you this mousse is, it’s time to give it a try.
Gather the ingredients for your strawberry Jell-O mousse
The star of this summery treat is the strawberries, and you will need one cup of them. The fresh fruit provides a good deal of the sweet flavor to this dish, but the recipe also calls for a teaspoon of sugar. If you want to replace the sugar with something a little healthier, Castellano says you can use 10 drops of liquid stevia or the equivalent of powdered stevia. You will also need one box (0.3 ounces) of Jell-O Strawberry Sugar-Free Gelatin, two cups of nonfat Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and fine sea salt.
Prepare the yogurt for the strawberry Jell-O mousse
The first step in the recipe is preparing the yogurt, which gives this dish its creamy texture. Yogurt might make this mousse seem decadent, but don’t forget that it gives you plenty of protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and B vitamins (via WebMD). Place the yogurt, vanilla extract, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and whip with a mixer or a whisk for about two minutes or until it has a fluffy texture. Set the bowl aside while you work on the strawberry topping and the Jell-O, which is only going to take a few minutes.
Prepare the strawberries and the Jell-O
Now it’s time to move on to the topping. Place the diced strawberries in a small bowl and add the sugar (or stevia) along with a pinch of salt. Carefully mix until they are well combined. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve the dish.
The next step is to add the Jell-O to half a cup of boiling water in a small bowl and whisk. When the powder is completely dissolved, add the cold water to the mixture and mix well. Add the Jell-O to the yogurt mixture and mix or whisk for two minutes at a high speed or until the mousse is mixed well.
Chill and serve this strawberry Jell-O mousse
Divide the strawberry Jell-O mousse evenly into four serving dishes or small bowls. Make sure the containers are large enough to accommodate the strawberry topping. Refrigerate the dishes for two hours before serving. Once you are ready to serve the mousse, spoon the strawberries evenly over the top. If you want to plan ahead for a special event, you can prepare this dish a couple of days ahead of time because it will keep in the fridge for three days. Just remember to keep the strawberries separate until you are ready to serve the dish.
- 1 cup strawberries, diced extra small
- 1 teaspoon cane sugar (or 10 drops liquid stevia or powered equivalent)
- 2 cups nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 0.3-ounce box Jell-O Strawberry Sugar-Free Gelatin
- ½ cup boiling water
- ½ cup cold water
- Place the strawberries in a small bowl, and add the sugar (or stevia) along with a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve the dessert.
- Combine the yogurt, vanilla extract, and salt in a medium bowl, and whip with a mixer or whisk for 2 minutes or until fluffy.
- In a small bowl, dissolve the Jell-O by adding in the boiling water and stirring. When the powder is fully dissolved, add in the cold water.
- Add the Jell-O to the yogurt, and whip (or whisk) again for 2 minutes on high or until well combined.
- Pour the mousse into individual portion cups (or bowls) and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Spoon the macerated strawberries over the mousse prior to serving. Enjoy!
Ah, sugar. It’s the thing we all love to hate, and yet we still love… enough to consume in large amounts. Our love/hate relationship with sugar would be funny if it wasn’t sounding alarm bells among doctors and nutritionists.
While some of the research on the effects of sugar consumption may be up for debate, one thing is not — Americans consume way more than they should. According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than 25 grams (or 6 teaspoons) of added sugars per day, and men should consume no more than 36 grams (or 9 teaspoons). To put this in perspective, a single 12-ounce can of coca-cola contains 39 grams of sugar — more than the recommended daily allowance for either sex — and the average American adult consumes an unhealthy average of 77 grams of added sugars per day.
The problem with these numbers is that excessive sugar consumption is associated with a host of health problems, making it a serious public health issue. Helga Van Herle, M.D., a cardiologist and associate professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, explains, "There have been several studies that show a relationship between increased daily added sugar intake and a higher risk of various cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, including high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and fatty liver disease." And since excess sugars turn into fat, they also present a serious challenge to our weight loss goals.
Americans consume way too much sugar
Added sugars are usually found in processed, packaged foods, while naturally-occurring sugars are intrinsic to the food itself (like lactose in milk, or fructose in fruit). Although both are technically ‘sugars,’ there’s a big difference between eating an apple or slurping down a Coke. Whole fruit contains fiber, which slows down sugar absorption while providing plenty of nutrients. On the other hand, the sugars in a soda are absorbed immediately, causing a blood sugar spike and sending the pancreas into overdrive producing insulin to stabilize the spike (via Eat This, Not That!).
So how can we start to bring our daily sugar consumption down to healthier levels? The two biggest sources of added sugars in the American diet are sugary beverages and processed sweets. Colleen Tewksbury, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., a senior research investigator and bariatric program manager at Penn Medicine and president-elect of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told SELF, "These products that are basically nothing but added sugar in high concentrations and little other nutritional value are the sources of the vast majority of the added sugar individuals consume." Cutting back the number of sweet beverages and treats, and replacing them with healthier, low-sugar alternatives, is a great place to start.