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?