We’ve all gotten that feeling after dinner where we have a strong craving for something sweet. Some of us reach for ice cream, while others go for the cookies. That can be perfectly healthy (as long as you stick to 1 or fewer servings, and it isn’t every night) however, consider this: Did you eat your 3-5 servings of fruit today? Or your 3 servings of dairy? By including fruit and low fat dairy in your dessert, you can feel better all around. Ahem! No, I don’t mean strawberry ice cream, or oatmeal raisin cookies.
Pears & Yogurt (excuse me, but I have not named this recipe yet….suggestions anyone?)
- 1 pear (or apple) thinly sliced and cored
- 1/2 cup low fat or non fat Greek yogurt (I like plain, or plain mixed with vanilla flavored yogurt)
- 1-2 dashes of cinnamon*
- 1 microwave
Microwave the sliced fruit in a serving bowl for 1 minute on high. Separately, mix the yogurt with the cinnamon. (I like to serve the fruit and yogurt side-by-side and dip each spoonful of pears into the yogurt.)
This dessert has healthy fiber, calcium, and protein in addition to many other nutrients. (Can your dessert do that?)
*I recently invested in some high quality Vietnamese cinnamon, and love it! What a difference it makes. I bought mine @ http://www.Penzeys.com*
- 1 cup low fat or fat free milk
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- Dash of salt (optional)
Heat milk on stove or in microwave until hot (be careful not to scald, or burn it). Mix in the other ingredients until dissolved.
I love hot chocolate for dessert because it’s a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth and a chocolate craving, while getting in a serving of low fat dairy. So easy!
Now I’m only human (surprise!) and I know these desserts might not always cut it. So, if you have a deep craving for a certain dessert (ex. a brownie), go eat a sensible portion of that brownie….or else:
- You might think about your craving for the rest of the week, and come Friday (for example) you might just eat an entire box of brownies. Major backfire.
- You will try to satisfy your craving by eating anything BUT the brownie (including a yogurt, a banana, a granola bar, and a pudding) only to realize you are quite full, but still craving the brownie.
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