With fresh fruits, sugar substitutes and some other basic ingredients, you can make healthy desserts that are both delicious and high in nutritional value. These desserts are rich and satisfying without the extra loads of calories, fat and sugar you usually expect from sweets and pastries. Treating yourself with these concoctions eliminates any danger of weight gain, and brings you a considerable amount of health benefits. The following are four healthy desserts that are easy to make at home.
1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
The usual chocolate covered strawberries you find at retail outlets have too much saturated fat and sugar and can rack up more than 200 calories in just 5 strawberries. You can put together a much healthier version of this decadent dessert with fresh strawberries and sugar-free chocolate pudding. The chocolate pudding gives you the same creamy taste of chocolate without the unnecessary fat and sugar. Dark chocolate puddings work especially well for this purposes. They give you an extra boost in epicatechin and alkaloids, which protect your cardiovascular and nervous systems. Strawberries are also super healthy with a rich concentration of vitamin C, folate and potassium, as well as phyto-antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanin.
2. Peach Yogurt Shortcake
Yogurts make the healthiest base for desserts. They are low in calories, fat and sugar and deliver a tremendous amount of nutritional benefits. Yogurts are the best source for dietary calcium. The probiotic bacteria balance your intestinal flora, promote digestion and protect you against infections and cancers. Toast half of your whole gain English muffin and add a generous dollop of peach or vanilla yogurt. Top that with chunks of fresh peach or sprinkle with shaved almonds or walnuts for even better texture. Be creative and try other yogurt flavors and fruit topping to suit your own taste.
3. Banana Cream Toast
Bananas are naturally creamy in texture and make wonderful substitutes for heavy creams and buttery spreads. Put two fully ripened bananas in a blender. Add in a tablespoon of honey. You can also add extra vanilla extract, cinnamon or sugar substitutes if you want. Blend well and pulse for about two minutes or until the mixture is completely smooth. Spread the banana cream on a piece of whole grain toast or on a graham cracker. Sprinkle with finely grated orange zest or bits of walnuts or pecans. Toast at 300 degrees for five minutes, and serve while it is hot and crunchy. With this dessert, you get all of the nutritional benefits of bananas, whole grain and nuts in fewer than 150 calories per serving.
4. Poached Pear
Your usual fruit pies and pear cobblers contain too much sugar and have lots of saturated fat in their crusts. Poached pears are the best way to satisfy your sugar craving without endangering your weight and heart. Pears are naturally high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. They are also an excellent source of B vitamins and antioxidants which are great for boosting your metabolism and building stronger immunity. Steaming or poaching makes the pears fleshier in texture. Cooking also releases the extra sugar and essential nutrients within the cell walls for a sweeter taste and more efficient absorption of nutrients.