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10 Desserts That Are Actually Healthy for You

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Everyone likes some sweet treats after a meal, or sometimes even in between meals. Desserts can lift our spirits and is just a pleasant way to end a meal. Both children and adults love it. However, we all know that too much dessert is bad for you, especially if that dessert is laden with fat and sugar.

Of course, any dessert you like should be eaten in moderation. Over-eating anything at all is bad for health. However, these desserts are relatively healthier for you as they contain more nutrients, vitamins and have less sugar.

1. Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt is commonly called Froyo. It’s basically ice cream, but made with yogurt instead of cream. Froyo has less calories than regular ice cream and some froyo even contain good bacteria known as probiotics. Froyo tastes a little more sour or tart compared to ice-cream.

Recently froyo stands have been appearing all over the world, and you can choose to have your froyo served with fruits and nuts for some added vitamins and minerals. If you’re buying froyo, try to avoid those with artificial colors or flavors. The natural flavor of froyo is delicious enough on its own.

Frozen yogurt with raspberry coulis at Frozen in South Yarra. Perfect for a balmy autumn evening.
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2. Fruit Salads

Fruit salads don’t have to be boring. Mix up the fruits that you love the most and then sprinkle some granola on top to give it a crunchy texture. Some of the best fruits you can eat are mangoes, seedless grapes, cherries, strawberries and bananas.

Another recipe idea is to gather a bowl of your favorite berries and cherries and to fold in a tablespoon of plain yogurt as a dressing.

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3. Sorbet or Sherbet

Sorbets are frozen desserts that resemble popsicles. It has water as a base and is flavored with fruit juice or fruit puree. The easiest way to prepare a sorbet is to blend some fruits in a food processor and add it to some boiling water.

You can add sugar if you want, but keep it to a minimum. Add a little cornstarch to the boiling mixture and dissolve it. Once dissolved, take it off the fire and add the juice of one small lemon. Pour into a container and freeze for at least 4-5 hours.

Sorbets have much lower calories compared to ice cream, and tastes even better if you add some crushed peanuts on top.

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4. Pecan Pie

Pecan is a type of nut and this pie will bring your calorie count way down. That’s because the main ingredient or filling in this pie is a nut. Sometimes, the pecans in this pie is also mixed with walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. The key to a great pecan pie is not to have it too sweet, or else the savory taste of the nut gets overpowered.

This pie is loaded with tons of minerals and vitamin E, since it has so much nuts. You should totally have this is you want to prevent heart disease and have better skin.

 

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5. Carrot Cakes

Carrot cakes are one of the few cakes that’s made with a vegetable, which is of course carrots. One way to make your carrot cake lower in calories is to replace half of the sugar with fresh cubes pineapples instead. Another way is to replace oil with buttermilk and adding walnuts while picking the ingredients.

Usually, a frosting made of cream cheese is added. You can forego the frosting altogether or use low fat cream cheese when making the frosting. Otherwise, this cake does have a lot more vitamins then your regular chocolate or butter cake.

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6. Peanut Butter Oat Cups

Peanut butter may be sweet, but it is chock full of healthy lipids for your heart health. Peanut butter can be placed on a bed of granola or rolled oats. Sprinkle some fresh fruits on top and you’ll have yourself a dessert that’s high in vitamins and fiber.

This little mixture of oats and peanut butter is also called a muesli, so be free to put in more ingredients like dried fruits and nuts. The oats in this dessert is great for those who want a low cholesterol diet or want to control the cholesterol levels in their body.

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7. Chocolate Yogurt Pots

This dessert recipe mixes greek yogurt and cocoa powder or unsweetened cooking chocolate for a creamy dessert that has the consistency of mousse. While mousse is just frothed-up milk, these pots contain yogurt as a main ingredient.Yogurt contains more probiotics and prebiotics than regular milk based mousse pots.

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8. Honey Grilled Peaches

This has got to be the easiest dessert to make that’s below 100 calories per serving ( of 2 peaches). In this recipe, peaches are halved and their pits removed. Then, they’re grilled over high heat for a few minutes on each side. Be careful not to burn them.

Serve the grilled peaches with drizzles of honey and a dollop of greek yogurt.

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9. Chia Parfaits

Parfaits are desserts that are made with layers of creamy mousse, yogurt, fruits and nuts. Make a healthy parfait by having a layer of chia seeds. Chia seeds expand into a jelly-like consistency when soaked in a liquid and is really easy to eat.

Chia has been named one of the must eat superfoods of the 21st century. That’s because it’s considered a low calorie energy booster. It also has plenty of minerals like calcium, potassium and manganese that’s good for your nerves and muscles.

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  10. Konnyaku Fruit Jellies

Konnyaku or Konjac is a jelly originating from Japan. It’s completely calorie-free and whatever sweetness in this jellies comes from added sugar. To make healthier Konnyaku, use brown sugar instead of refined white sugar, and keep the sugar to a minimum.

The main sweetness should actually come from fruits, which you can drop into molds before pouring the dissolved konnyaku jelly in and setting the whole things to cool.

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Any dessert that you have can always be made healthier by adding more fresh fruits and decreasing sugar. If you’re a big fan of desserts, check out these visually stunning desserts you can find all over the world.

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