In these uncertain times many of us would like to eat dessert first and with these fruity dessert ideas you can feel less guilty for doing so because you will get some healthy nutrients along with satisfying your sweet tooth. Cookies, pies, cakes and candy can be the biggest challenge for many of us over the holidays. Here are a few tips to cope with those sweet temptations this holiday season:
1. Focus on quality, not quantity (that goes with all foods not just desserts). For example: if I could have one specialty chocolate from one of the local choclatiers in Asheville, I would be much more satisfied than having a big handful of mass produced chocolate. If I could have one home made cookie versus 3 or 4 store bought, I could savor it!
2. Use fruits as the cornerstone of your holiday dessert celebrations as much as possible. You could have a fruit platter with seasonal or unusual fruits such as pomegranates, kumquats and fresh pineapple. Try making a dip using low fat yogurt or light cream cheese to serve with strawberries, red grapes and apples.
Here is an enjoyable one to try
Below are two links highlighting fresh citrus and pomegranate and ways to prepare them for holiday season:
3 Fruit can be the basis for elegant desserts. Serve in a long stem glass to make the presentation even more appealing. Below is a great recipe for poached pears:
Or try this one for a light and delicious bananas foster:
A favorite of mine is a fruit crisp below:
This dessert can be made with whatever fruit is in season. You can also mix any of the following:
apples, pears, peaches or plums. You can add dried, fresh or frozen cranberries, cherries or blue
berries for bits of color.
7 cups cored and sliced fruit of choice (apples, pears, peaches, and or plums)
1 cup cranberries ( can also use cherries, raspberries, or blueberries)
3/4 c firmly packed brown sugar (can use less)
1/2 c old-fashioned rolled oats
2/3 c all purpose flour
1/4 c chopped pecans or walnuts
3 TB tub margarine softened
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In medium shallow baking dish, place apples and cranberries. In a
medium bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour, nuts, and margarine. Sprinkle brown sugar
mixture over fruit. Bake until apples and cranberries are bubbly and tender, about 50 minutes.
Transfer dish to wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm with low fat frozen yogurt if desired.
8 servings, 268 calories, 8 g fat, 50 g carbohydrates, 2 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 9 mg sodium.
4. Fruit can be the staple for great cookies also. Consider trying one of these tasty cookie recipes.
Chewy Meringe Cookies:
Date Nut Truffle
Don’t forget to stay with a portion size and savor!
If you are still looking for that healthy, tasty holiday dessert, here are a few more links that may inspire you: Â http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/collections/healthy_holiday_cookies_recipes.html