Nothing completes a meal quite like dessert. However, you can’t have too much of a good thing. Sometimes our eating habits can even lead to disease. It’s important to strike a balance between reward and restraint.
Here are some recipes to give you an idea that desserts can be healthy.
Chocolate is so well-loved it was once used as currency in ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations, but did you know this favorite treat also packs a nutritional power punch?
Dark chocolate has flavonols for better heart circulation and polyphenols for better cholesterol levels. Always check the label and look out for at least 60% pure cacao to reap these benefits.
Berry Yogurt Parfait
Oily, fatty diets and heavy alcohol intake—indulgence often leads to indigestion. Promote gut health with probiotics, something yogurt has a lot of. When assembling your parfait, choose Greek yogurt over the regular stuff.
It’s lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein.
Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are likewise chock-full of nutrients that can help fight cancer, high blood pressure and degenerative brain disorders in the long run.
Who says breakfast has to be just toast and eggs? Savor the goodness of oats, nuts, and dried fruit in a handy package! Because of its sweet, high-fiber content, granola bars are also great as camping or workout food.
Raw Vegan Macaroons
Going vegan is a lifestyle choice that’s at once nutritious and ethical. In the event your sweet tooth has some cravings, you neither have to deprive yourself nor bend over backward for the perfect recipe.
No-bake macaroons flavored with wholesome ingredients like lemon and coconut can be just as satisfying as the real thing.
A guilt-free alternative to ice cream, homemade popsicles made of fresh fruit can be a healthy dessert for weight loss. Cool down on a hot day without the artificial flavors, coloring, and additives.
Good things do come in small packages! Chock-full of fiber, protein and antioxidants, chewy chia seeds can work their magic in as little as two tablespoons. Mason jar chia puddings are a simple way to incorporate them into your diet. When it comes to toppings, let your inner gourmand out because the options are endless.
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Veggies can wind up in your dessert plate, after all! Carrot cake can trace its origins way back into the medieval times. It’s an enduring beta carotene-rich classic that will perk up your dinner table without being too sickly-sweet.
It’s not just the West that can prepare healthy desserts for food lovers. Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice flour that can be stuffed with either sweet or savory fillings.
Tropical Smoothie Bowl
Food isn’t just about how it tastes, but also how it looks. With kiwi, mango, and papaya on a base of banana and your choice of dairy or plant-based milk, boost your immune system and fill yourself the fun way.