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Can Desserts Really Be Healthy?

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Healthy and dessert are two words that are not usually linked together. Maybe it is because we consider dessert to be a combination of sugar and fat, loaded with calories and other bad stuff. The reality of a healthy dessert can be yours though if you are willing to try something different. Believe it or not, fruit is already a dessert in many countries, but here in the USA, we consider it a treat only when it’s baked inside some kind of crust and loaded with sugar.

Granted, if you have a serious sweet tooth, this alternative healthy stuff is probably not going to satisfy you, but if you are also trying to be healthier and lose weight, choosing more fruit will help a lot. The easiest way to give yourself a healthy treat is to go for a really good yogurt, like Greek yogurt, which can be found in your most grocery stores. Then, wander down the aisle where they keep the cacao products and grab yourself a package of cacao nibs. To that, you can add some granola. Throw in some chopped nuts, add a little stevia for sweetness, mix it all up, and you have a great healthy dessert. Another healthy treat is to put the same things in some ricotta cheese. It’s a little heavier, but just as tasty and usually doesn’t require any sweetener.

Okay now let’s get real and talk about chocolate, which is what you are really reading this for right? Yes, you can have your chocolate and still be eating something healthy. The cacao bean is chock full of antioxidant power; it’s the sugar that gets added that is the problem. The cacao bean can by ground up with some coconut oil or organic cream to get yourself a creamy treat, but you’ll still have to add some sweetness to it. You can get the sweetness either from stevia, honey, fruit juice or sugar. To be healthiest though, use stevia. The creamy cacao mixture can be spread on something healthy like apple slices or make some almond bark. Keep in mind that this is supposed to be a healthy dessert, right?

Another healthy alternative is to put some nut butter on fruit; that works best on apple or pear slices but you can always thin the butter out a bit with some coconut oil or cacao and dip strawberries, cherries and the like…and then roll them in nuts. Whipped cream is also an easy addition to make some fresh fruit special.  Also, try frying some bananas in butter or coconut oil, dip them in cacao cream and then throw some chopped nuts on them, with a dollop of whipped cream.

If you use your imagination, you can also come up with many different healthy desserts to enjoy on your own!  If you need some starting points, healthy desserts can contain things like peanut butter, granola, fruit, low sugar breakfast cereal, a drizzling of chocolate or caramel sauce, graham crackers, low-fat yogurt, etc. Think up some easy to make healthy desserts and add them to your menu. Your body will thank you!!