Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and flavorless. There are many ways that you can protect your body and feel great after eating something that you thoroughly enjoy. Many fruits and low fat dairy products that, if mixed and prepared correctly, can create the perfect desert matching any high calorie or fatty post-meal snack. Maintaining your waistline while satiating your sweet tooth can be done by trying the following tasty and healthy treats.
1. Cocoa and Coconut Encrusted Bananas
Many people avoid chocolate because they worry that it’s fattening. Adding sugar and milk to chocolate can give it a bad rap. Fortunately, cocoa powder is not only nutritious, it has a number of health benefits that can be attributed to its consumption, such as lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. Cocoa and coconut encrusted bananas can be delicious for the whole family since you can tailor the recipe to fit their tastes. Try sweetened or unsweetened coconut depending on how healthy you want to be. Unsweetened coconut can be a little bland on its own, so the addition of nuts and a little honey can make this treat quite sweet.
4 tsp. cocoa powder
4 tsp. coconut (you can substitute ground walnuts, pecans, or peanuts)
2 small bananas sliced diagonally
Place the cocoa and coconut in separate dishes. Coat the banana in the cocoa first and shake off any excess. Follow up by dipping the banana in the coconut. For the perfect summer treat, you can freeze them before serving.
2. Maple-Cinnamon Pudding
If you’ve worked hard to lose weight and maintain a diet high in protein, you may be looking for easy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. For carb-friendly dessert ideas, you may want to try adding protein powder. Not only is it easily digestible, but you’ll also find that protein powder is full of nutrients and vitamins which help with building muscle and increasing alertness. There are also multiple benefits of Cinnamon like reducing cholesterol, regulating blood sugar, and reducing the chance of ulcers and pain linked to arthritis. With these benefits in mind, you can see how this recipe is not only great because of each of the healthy ingredients, but also because of how delicious they are. It’s also a simple desert to be made and carried wherever your travels take you.
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
½ scoop protein powder (strawberry, vanilla or chocolate)
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. maple extract
1 packet sugar substitute
2 dashes of cinnamon
Toasted almonds for garnish
Mix together the first five ingredients and stir. Add a couple of dashes of cinnamon to the top before serving and garnish with toasted almonds. You can also add your favorite fruit such as berries, apples, or banana.
3. Grilled Fruit
Looking to get in your daily vitamin and dairy intake? Fruit is a satisfying treat on its own, and it’s loaded with natural sugars. Grilling the fruit can be a simple way to enhance the flavors and add a different spin to what you’re used to.
Fruit (Fresh peaches, pineapple, plums or nectarines)
Canola oil spray
¼ tsp. sugar substitute
Yogurt, honey, or low fat ice cream
Heat grill pan to medium. Slice fruit in half and take out the pit. Sprinkle with sugar substitute and grill until tender. Place grilled fruit in a bowl and top with Greek yogurt, honey or a dollop of low fat ice cream.
4. Cherries and Ricotta
Research has shown that cherries aid in muscle recovery. Also, if you’re looking to decrease inflammation, improve heart health, fight cancers, boost memory, add a natural sleep aid into your diet, or boost your memory, try this delicious and healthy dessert.
¾ cup frozen pitted cherries
2 tbls. fat-free ricotta or Greek yogurt
1 tbls. slivered almonds
Warm cherries in the microwave for approximately one or two minutes until warm. Top the cherries with the ricotta or Greek yogurt and garnish with slivered almonds. Add a drizzle of honey for sweetness.
There are many foods out there that can improve your health, but still satisfy an urge to take a dietary splurge. These foods are easy to get, and never fail to satisfy, depending on your taste and choices. So, whether you’re looking for something nutritious to give your energy level a boost or something tasty that won’t sabotage your diet, these healthy and simple dessert ideas may be perfect for your lifestyle.
Saam Banai is a freelance nutrition writer and editor. Prograde Nutrition is a provider of top quality protein powder, and supporter of benefits of Cinnamon
in a daily diet. For a delicious, nutritious, and supplemental addition to your diet, try pudding with powder and cinnamon in place of large and cumbersome meals.