If you’re anything like me then desserts are your absolute weakness. From chocolate cake to cheesecake to ice cream waffle cones—you name it, I love it. But these decadent treats are the reason why I gained a whopping 20 pounds after graduating college. I have since dropped the weight via diet and exercise, but that doesn’t mean that my sweet tooth has diminished in the slightest. But instead of indulging in doughy and pastry filled desserts, I grab fruit instead. Fruit can be just as sweet but has fewer calories and has way more nutritional value. But from time-to-time eating raw fruit can get a bit “boring.” That’s when I treat myself to anyone of these fruit-based desserts listed below.
Smoothies can be a highly nutritious, antioxidant filled, low-cal dessert that boosts your immunity, washes away toxins that cause you to “bloat,” and helps you get radiant glowing skin. But that’s only if prepared the right way—meaning no ice cream (yogurt based smoothies only) and little or no sugar (natural sweeteners like honey are ok). Not to mention, they’re easy to make so you don’t need to spend your cash at the local smoothie shop (which tends to use milk and ice cream anyway). But if you’re looking for some inspiration for what types of “healthy” smoothies to make, you might want to check out Fresh Smoothies. It’s a Pinterest board that’s dedicated to providing healthy smoothie recipes like melon, mint and cucumber. All you have to do is double click on the images and it will direct you to the original source with the recipe.
If you’re craving ice cream, your best bet is to eat a small amount of sorbet—a frozen desert made from sweetened flavored water and fruit. I prefer to purchase my sorbet since I don’t have an ice cream maker. But if you have one on hand, then try some of these delicious recipes also found on Pinterest.
Last but not least, you can enjoy a yummy fruit parfait layered with non-fat plain Greek yogurt, fresh cut blueberries, strawberries, raspberries (or any fruit of your choice) sprinkled with crunchy low-fat granola. You can always buy them pre-made at the store but it’s recommended to make your own since you can watch the sugar content. Fruit parfaits are also a great post-work out food since the yogurt and fruit helps with muscle restoration and recovery.
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