Five Healthy Desserts that Satisfy
There is no doubt that rich, heavy desserts tend to be the demise of all good weight loss intentions. However, great desserts need not be just the heavy chocolate, gooey, sugary delights.There are some fantastic, satisfying alternatives that not only keep your weight in check but your health as well.
It’s interesting that the best part of a meal is saved for last. Yet, the allure of rich desserts along with decadent presentations makes them hard to resist. But rather than succumbing to those high calorie temptations, consider healthier options to finish off your meal without the guilt or the calories.
Fruit for Dessert
Today’s restaurants are pretty accommodating with healthy options, including desserts. Very often you’ll be able to find a great bowl of mixed berries. Though it may be hard to compete with a slice of peanut butter pie, the nutritional value and ultimate guilt-free attributes will be the difference between walking away feeling good or spending the next three days walking it off. A mix of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries is not only visually appealing, when they’re in season; there is no better taste than fresh berries. Further, this nutritional treat is loaded with plenty of fiber, Vitamins A and C. If you want to indulge you can add a dab of vanilla flavored Greek yogurt without adding too many extra calories.
Grilled Fruit with Spices
If you’re not at a restaurant but cooking for friends or family, here are some great options to impress. You can never go wrong with grilling Pears, pineapples or apples. Loaded with fiber and nutrients, grilled fruit (the firmer the fruit, the easier to grill) is a perfect, healthy ending to any meal. Grilling adds some caramelizing that makes the diner feel that they are eating a rich, high calorie dessert.
To grill, simply cut fruit down the middle and remove the seeds and core. Keep the skin on as this helps hold them together when grilling.
The secret to great grilled fruit is to soak it in cold water prior to grilling to maximize the amount of liquid so fruit stays juicy on the grill. Completely cover the fruit with water and some ice and add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to each cup of water to preserve its color. Let fruit soak in water about 30 minutes. Add ice as needed to keep the water cold.
To add extra flavor, combine any of these tasty spices during the last half of grilling such as brown sugar, cinnamon, mixed nuts and/or nutmeg,all of which can add a rich flavor to fruit.Simply sprinkle on fruit and continue grilling. Amount used depends on how much you’re grilling. Do a taste test and let your palate decide.
Finally, a no-fail, crowd pleasing dessert and my personal favorite is a watermelon smoothie. It’s probably one of the most refreshing desserts especially after an outdoor picnic. It’s pleasing without being too sweet. A perfect ending to a summer meal.Watermelon is over 90% water so it’s a great hydration dessert! For a single serving, mix up 1 cup of cut up watermelon, ¼ of a banana, ½ c. Greek yogurt and ice. It’s easy to prepare and a smart alternative to a high-calorie, high-fat dessert.
Healthy desserts are not an oxymoron. Desserts don’t need to be full of fat and calories to be good. So, next time you feel you have to pass on dessert, remember that fruit desserts can not only be delicious and satisfying, but are the perfect guilt-free way to end any meal.
About The Author:
Nicki Anderson owned and operated the award winning Reality Fitness, Inc. Personal Training studio. Check out NOW products for more information.
Nicki has authored four health and motivational books including, Nicki Anderson’s Single Step Weight Loss and 101 Ways to Motivate Your Clients and Increase Retention (Healthy Learning, 2009).
Nicki is the health and fitness columnist for Chicago Suburban Newspapers, Tribune Company/Naperville Magazine and contributor to numerous magazines and websites including, MSNBC.com, Forbes.com and FitnessMagazine.com, Real Simple, Prevention, Women’s Health and Women’s’ Running, Men’s Health and Fitness. For more information about Nicki visit, www.nickianderson.com and follow her on Twitter.