If I find an article worth sharing, I will! People always struggle with dessert. It's a natural tendency to want to finish off meals with something sweet. However, "sweet" doesn't have to be the enemy. Check out this great article with 5 dessert ideas that won't bust your budget or your belt buckle.
Many of these are things I will have for dessert quite often... as they are tastey and will satisfy the sweet tooth. A lot of times when you crave things like ice cream, cake, etc. it's not that you are craving that actual specific item, but your body and taste buds are just craving sweetness... due to our history with sweets our brain may tell us that sweet=cake, but you'll find that some fresh fruit will actually satisfy that craving and make it go away!
5 Quick, Easy, and Healthy Desserts
Cecilia H. Lee
- Melon salad. Gone are the days of melon
ballers and fruit drowned in whipped cream and (shudder) mayonnaise.
Just get a couple of your favorite melons, such as honeydew, cantaloupe,
or watermelon, and slice them up. Arrange them artfully on a serving
platter, drizzle them with a bit of honey, and toss some chopped fresh
mint leaves on top. Voilà! Not only do you have a beautiful
presentation, but you have a healthy choice, too.
melons have a high water content, they are low in calories and can be
eaten as much as you like. They are also a good source of vitamin C and
beta-carotene. They may also help lower your risk for developing cancer
and heart disease.
- Grilled stone fruit. Fruit
on the grill? That may sound like a bad idea, but stone fruits (like
peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines) are wonderful on the grill.
Just cut each of the fruits in half, remove the pits, and skewer them
with thick wooden skewers (it's best if you soak the skewers in water
for a bit beforehand to prevent them from burning). Spray a grill rack
with nonstick spray, and preheat the grill (to about medium-high heat).
Just put the fruit on the grill (cut-side down) and grill until the
fruit gets heated (about 5 minutes). Serve nice and hot off the grill,
skewers or not.
Generally, stone fruits are rich in iron and
potassium. Peaches are low in calories and high in vitamin C. Plums have
a high vitamin E content and are wonderful antioxidants. Apricots are
rich in beta-carotene and help regulate blood pressure. Stone fruits
also serve as gentle laxatives and help regulate your bowels.
- Chocolate-covered bananas. You
can make a delicious and easy version of chocolate-covered bananas at
home. Just take a handful of semisweet chocolate chips (the higher the
cocoa content, the healthier) and melt them in a microwave. In the
meantime, get a plate or shallow bowl and slice bananas into it. Drizzle
the chocolate over the bananas, and sprinkle them with some toasted
almonds, if you like.
Bananas are a good way of getting potassium
and vitamin B6. Chocolate has antioxidant effects and may help keep
your blood pressure down. Almonds can help lower cholesterol levels and
are high in protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E. They
actually serve as an appetite suppressant, so even just eating a handful
of them makes for a healthy snack.
- Mixed-berry frozen treats. Get some of your favorite nonfat sorbet (raspberry and
lemon are delicious options). Top it with a mix of berries, such as
strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and/or sliced strawberries.
are low in calories, are a good source of vitamin C, and help raise
antioxidant levels in your system. Blackberries are an excellent way for
you to get vitamin E into your diet. They help fight off infections and
contain vitamin C, folate, and phenolic acids. Rich in vitamin C, iron,
potassium, and folate, raspberries also have wonderful antioxidant
properties. Blueberries, of course, have some of the highest antioxidant
properties of any fruit. They also have wonderful anti-inflammatory,
antibacterial, and antiaging properties.
- Yogurt and fruit. All you
need is some nonfat yogurt and a variety of fruit to make this flavorful
dessert (which you can enjoy any time of day!). Layer some unsweetened
yogurt in a cup (sprinkle a bit of raw sugar or honey if you want it a
little sweeter) and then add some cut fruit that you like. Good
candidates are pineapples, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries,
or bananas. Add another layer of yogurt and more fruit. If you want to
go wild, sprinkle a bit of granola on top.
We've already covered
the benefits of fruit, but yogurt is an excellent source of calcium,
protein, vitamin B12, and riboflavin. It's better for you than a glass
of milk. We suggest nonfat yogurt because there's no need for the extra
fat. For those of us who are lactose intolerant, yogurt cultures produce
lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose.
Source: Team Beachbody Club