Healthy desserts can be a great way for you to indulge without having worry about your waistline. Healthy options can also help you to avoid unwanted calories and fat, which in turn will reduce your risk for ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Just because these desserts are healthy doesn’t man they don’t taste good. Next time you feel your sweet tooth coming on, consider these delicious options that are easy on the pocket book and a cinch to prepare.
1. Fresh Fruit Sorbet
If you have a blender then you’ve got all the tools you need in order to create your own sorbets of just about any flavor. Start with a bag of frozen fruit. Add a little ice, a little agave nectar or honey and your favorite fresh fruits, along with a splash of milk (soy or almond are great choices), to make the ultimate frozen sorbet that’s healthy, delicious and doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes to whip up. Some great fruits to experiment with include pineapple, pears, peaches, papayas, mangos and bananas.
2. Fresh Chocolate-Coconut-Berry Bake
Instead of heading to the store to purchase your favorite pie, consider making your own version at home to save yourself money and lots of unnecessary calories. Use a couple cups of your favorite fruit or berries, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter cup of agave nectar as the base of the bake by mixing the ingredients together in a baking dish. Top the fruit mixture with fresh granola, and bake the treat for about 20 minutes or until it’s warmed thoroughly. Top the dessert with chocolate chips and coconut once it’s out of the oven and serve immediately.
3. Fruit Salad Topped with Cream
When it comes to healthy desserts that taste good, this one takes the cake. You can eat as much as you want of this treat without having to worry about the calories adding up. Just cut your favorite fruits into bite sized pieces, mix them together and top it all with fat free whipped cream. It’s indulgent and tasty but yields very few calories or fat. It makes a perfect dessert for those trying to lose weight or manage diabetes. To make it more indulgent, a little agave nectar can be drizzled on top or you can add crushed walnuts for additional richness and depth.
4. Homemade Gourmet Popcorn
Popcorn doesn’t have to be plain old popcornl it can become a delectable dessert that can be enjoyed any time of day because it just so happens to be so good for you. With a hefty amount of fiber found in popcorn, it’s a heart healthy alternative to many other desserts on the market. To make your air popped popcorn interesting, consider tossing it in cinnamon and organic sugar for a sweet treat. You can also use a small amount of agave or honey along with a half teaspoon of chile powder or cayenne pepper to create a sweet and spicy version.