Continuing with our BeWell series, this week’s installment discusses nutrition.
We all know the feeling that hits after dinner—I just need a bite of something sweet! That little after-dinner nibble can easily get out of hand, however. Try these recipes for healthier versions of your favorite indulgences:
- There can be nothing more satisfying than digging into a slice of cake, unless, of course, that cake goes light on the calories. Try this decadent Dark Chocolate Banana Bread as a substitute for chocolate cake (it also comes with plenty of fiber and potassium). This fruit tart also slashes the sugar while still providing a yummy treat.
- It’s July, which means Popsicle season. Try these Minted Watermelon and Lemon Pops for 85 calories a piece, or these “Candy Corn” fruit pops, which contain little more than fruit and yogurt to delicious effect.
- Speaking of summer, let’s talk ice cream. Try substituting one of these super easy to make low-sugar sorbets for your favorite ice cream. These festive Frozen Greek Yogurt Drops might also hit the spot.
- There are times when you just need a good milk shake. These recipes will help you keep the health and taste factors in balance. You can always throw in a handful of chia seeds to pack an extra punch.
- Brownies are a classic. Make this Gluten Free Black Bean version your new staple—don’t let the name scare you off, this recipe is tried and true! Or, these Chocolate Zucchini Brownies which taste like the real thing.
- Everyone likes a good cookie. These healthier Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies should hit the spot. These Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies, which ring in at 136 calories, are another option. You could also try this take on a Black and White cookie which has just 63 calories per serving.
- It’s hard to make candy healthier without compromising taste. However, if you make it at home, at least you can use more natural ingredients and have control over portion size. Try these recipes for Butterfingers, Reese’s Cups, Twix, and Peppermint Patties.
If you’re really looking to make a change, try swapping a baked good for a Greek yogurt parfait with fresh fruit—it will be just as sweet with a lot of extra health benefits. Sweets are definitely meant to be enjoyed, just in moderation of course!