Naturally lower in fat and calories than ice cream, gelato at this Philly mainstay is also made using local, seasonal produce and dairy from the farms in nearby Lancaster County. Created daily in small batches using hormone-free organic milk from grass-fed cows, the treats come in flavors ranging from the traditional Nocciola (Italian for hazelnut) and Pistachio to imaginative combos like Rosemary Honey Goat's Milk and Mascarpone and Fig. Details: www.capogirogelato.com.
Fried dough just got a little healthier. Donuts from this shop are made with no chemical preservatives, hydrogenated oils (they use palm oil, which contains no trans fats) or artificial colors or flavors. They also serve fair-trade, shade-grown, chemical-free and organic coffee. And the shop staff reuses flour bags for compost and offers biodegradable serving cups for drinks. Details: www.mightyO.com.
Sticky Fingers Bakery
Can't imagine cakes or cookies made without eggs or milk? This DC shop pulls it off with their all-vegan menu of brownies, cheesecake, cupcakes and more. Besides tasting great, the desserts are low in saturated fats and cholesterol free because they're made without animal products. Details: www.stickyfingersbakery.com.