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5 Delicious Desserts That Boost Your Health

5 Delicious Desserts That Boost Your Health

I have an irrepressible sweet tooth. For years, it would make its presence felt every evening, just after dinner, and I would crave a sweet bite. If nothing healthy was available, I would drift toward the fridge to pull out a slab of ice cream. By the time the guilt pangs hit, the fat had gone to waist … and hips … and belly!

But that has changed now, ever since I discovered light, fruity desserts. There’s a bonus! Rather than gaining calories, I am gaining plenty of health benefits. Fruit-based desserts require very few ingredients, and take very little time to make. They help you get your daily quota of nutrients. And they make the sweet tooth very happy, too!

I am sharing some easy dessert ideas for you here. They will help you give your health a big, guilt-free boost.

  • Broiled bananas with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon. At just about 150 calories, you get potassium, vitamins, fiber and minerals. There’s almost zero fat and very low sodium.
  • Apples baked with cinnamon and raisins. Vitamins, minerals, fiber aplenty! Calories: just about 160.
  • Prunes filled with chopped nuts and dipped in melted dark chocolate. Super delicious, with a calorie count of only 60 for half a cup of prunes! Very rich in potassium, with zero cholesterol and very low sodium.
  • Citrusy blackberries: simply squeeze some lemon juice, lemon zest and orange juice in a bowl. Toss and coat the berries in this liquid. (100 grams of blackberries have just 45 calories!)
  • Fresh pineapple slices with warm raspberries. Refreshing, palate-cleansing flavor, with antioxidant, fiber and vital nutrients. You can use oranges in place of pineapple with equal success (approximately 100 calories per serving).
  • Low-fat plain yogurt with chopped mixed fresh fruit. A terrific way to keep the calories down while enjoying a healthy sweet bite. The yogurt adds a calcium boost to the nourishing goodness of fresh fruit (approximately 100 calories). Dish this up at home, rather than buying from a store.

I have jotted down a list of these desserts and stuck it to my fridge. This helps me plan ahead on the shopping list, and where possible, prepare in advance. I suggest you do the same.

What are your favorite healthy desserts?

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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10:42PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Wow! These sound just delicious and without the fat! I'm going to put these on my refrigerator too.

6:25PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

Thanks, Shubhra, simply and tasty as well - thanks

12:44PM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

thanks

11:21AM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

thanks for some wonderful reminders of great food!

3:04AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:06AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

How I wish I wasn't allergic to half those things. It sounds delicious!

7:52AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

thank you soooooo much for sharing this!! The only one I had tried was yoghurt with fruit (except I use Greek style rather than low-fat; yummy!)

5:29AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

Thank you Shubhra for Sharing this!

8:50PM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

Definitely bookmarking your author page, another great article!!

11:33PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

thanks

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