If you’re like me and have a bit of a sweet tooth (especially in the evenings — oye!), it can be hard to find healthy, yet delicious desserts that both satisfy said sweet tooth and don’t require a culinary degree. That’s why lately, I’ve been eating fruit for a dessert! Now, bear with me, I know fruit may not seem like the most exciting dessert option, but when you know how to do it right, you really can make a fast, easy, healthy and tasty dessert that isn’t boring in the least!
1. Drizzle it with chocolate. Strawberries and chocolate is a pretty common combination, but try a little low-sugar chocolate syrup drizzled over bananas, any type of berry, or even orange slices!
2. Top it with ricotta. One of my favorite treats is cut-up mango or pineapple with a little low-fat ricotta cheese and a drizzle of honey or agave nectar. The sweet/savory combination of the three flavors is amazing!
3. Grill it. If you have access to a barbecue grill or even a grill pan for your stove-top, you can make seriously delicious grilled fruit. I’ve grilled everything from peaches to apples to pineapple to pears, and they all have one thing in common — tastiness! Serve it with a dollop of low-fat vanilla yogurt, and you are good to go.
4. Go exotic. If you think fruit is boring, pick up something at the grocery store that you’ve never had before like starfruit, an Asian pear or guava. You just might be surprised how much you like it. And, because these exotic fruits are usually pricier than your usual apples and oranges, it will feel like a special treat!
Not only are all of these desserts lower in calories than most sweet treats, they also give you another serving of fruit, along with vitamins, minerals and fiber! Just remember to keep those portion sizes in check! Try swapping your next dessert out for one of these and see what you think!
Do you eat fruit for dessert? What’s your favorite?
December 7th, 2010