For many people, dessert is a satisfying ending to lunch or dinner that’s hard to skip. But sweets can ruin your diet and your health if you’re not careful.
The good news is, you don’t have to pass on dessert or choose boring options. There are plenty of ways to supercharge this favorite part of a meal without downgrading flavor. Try these five ideas, and see how easy it is to satisfy your sweet tooth while you boost your health.
Chocolate cakes and pies may be tempting, but they have loads of unhealthy carbs, fat, and sugar. Don’t worry; you can still get your chocolate fix. Try a square of dark chocolate instead; it’s satisfying, low in calories, and full of powerful flavonoids that promote health and stave off disease. Spread a tablespoon of natural peanut butter on top for an extra burst of flavor and nutrition.
Take Fruit to a Tasty, Nutrient-Rich Level
The healthiest fruits for dessert include those high in antioxidants, like raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and apricots. Fruit alone can be boring, but by adding some healthy toppings, such as chopped almonds or walnuts, a dollop of Greek yogurt, a sprinkling of cinnamon, or a tablespoon of unsweetened coconut flakes, you take these natural sweets to a wholesome new level of taste.
Do you ever crave a cold or hot beverage after a meal? There are plenty of healthy drinks to choose from that make ideal desserts. Try an almond or coconut milk smoothie or a milkshake made with soy ice cream. While hot coffee or tea drinks may hit the spot, be aware of the sugar content. Opt for hot drinks with healthy ingredients, like herbal tea sweetened with honey.
Make Over Sorbet
Typical sorbets are often full of sugary fruit juices and syrup, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid this refreshing sweet altogether. Giving sorbet a makeover is easy to do, and the results are delicious. Just throw frozen berries, vanilla yogurt, and ice into a food processor and blend till pureed. Toss in some fresh flaxseed, ground nuts, or herbs and spices for added nutrients and texture.
Pretend It’s Breakfast
You don’t have to wait until morning to indulge in the sweet taste of breakfast. How about finishing a meal with a parfait layered with yogurt, berries, and granola? Or whip up a German pancake made with whole-grain flour and filled with your favorite fruit. Even a warm bowl of oatmeal sweetened with sliced bananas and a drizzle of pure maple syrup makes a tasty treat.
Don’t bypass the best part of the meal. Try these healthy dessert ideas, and enjoy a gratifying sweet that’ll please your taste buds and nourish your body.