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By Tallulah Ray
If there is one thing that will bring down my healthy diet empire, it is my insatiable sweet tooth. It will always be my downfall. Luckily for me, the sweet goodness of fruits (and some low calorie recipes) have been a godsend. Let me introduce you to my favorite, quick, and healthy desserts.
#1) Strawberry Shortcake
The normal strawberry shortcake recipes that I’ve seen require a lot of sugar and other non-diet friendly items. However, there is a recipe on Health.com that will cut those calories in half by eliminating sugar (and replacing it with a sugar substitute – I suggest stevia or agave nectar) and adding a little bit of orange juice to kick up the flavor.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon of a calorie-free sweetener
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 cup orange juice
¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1 ½ cups of sliced fresh strawberries
6 spongecake dessert shells
In a saucepan, combine the sweetener and the cornstarch and then stir the orange juice into the mix. Continue stirring until it comes to a boil, then let it boil until it becomes a bit thick. Move the pan off of the burner and then stir in the almond extract. Then let it cool. Toss in the strawberries, stir and cover it before putting it in the fridge for a half an hour.
Spoon some over the dessert shells, add some no-sugar-added ice cream or some cool whip and enjoy.
#2) Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
As far as healthy desserts go, this will probably be one of the easiest. Dark chocolate (in moderation) is wonderful for your health because it’s packed with healthy antioxidants and a number of other nutrients.
Microwave some dark chocolate in a bowl for about a minute (on high). Take a gander at it and stir it a little bit, just to check out if there are any big chunks left (there should be a couple). Then microwave it at 15 second intervals until it’s completely melted. Dip the strawberries in the dark chocolate and place them on some wax or parchment paper until it has cooled.
If you’re really anxious, stick them in the fridge so that they will cool faster. If you can’t stand it at all, they should be tastey, even if the chocolate is still all melty. You’ll just have to lick it off of your fingers too.
#3) Yogurt Parfaits
Yogurt parfaits are my favorite because not only are they considered to be a healthy dessert but you can have them for breakfast, a snack, or after your meal. Not only that but you can personalize them to your own taste. Just grab an 8 ounce container of nonfat yogurt. You can try different flavors but if you’ve never made any parfaits before, I suggest you go with vanilla.
While you’re at the store, check and see which fruits are in season (these are always the cheapest). If you’re afraid of the fruit going bad at your home, then you can always try the frozen, no-sugar-added bags in the freezer section. I always make sure to have peaches and berries (especially blueberries) in my freezer at home.
Layer it accordingly. If you want, you can add a little granola for some extra texture. If you’re wanting to experiment more, try to add a big of agave nectar to sweeten it up or add a dollop of cool whip.
#4) Broiled Fruit
When you broil fruit, it will bring out the sweet flavor hidden deep inside its delicious fruit center. I suggest broiling some mangos or some pineapple to start. Line a broiler pan with foil and make a single layer of mango slices on it.
Place it on the upper half of your oven and broil them until it starts to turn brown in spots. It should take about 10 minutes but make sure to watch it just in case. Squeeze a bit of lime juice over it and enjoy.
#5) Baby Tiramisu
Coming from a land where coffee is a staple of your kitchen, I was saddened to realize that I could no longer have tiramisu because…well, have you seen the calorie content?
However, while I was searching for some healthy desserts, I happened upon this recipe for Baby Tiramisu. Not only is it low calorie but it is also low in carbohydrates, saturated fat, sodium, is heart healthy, and is diabetes appropriate. My heart rejoiced.