We hope you enjoyed last month’s blog on Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes. Turkey Day is now over, and you may still want to try and eat healthy during this holiday season. We all know that this time of the year tempts us with desserts and goodies more than any other time. With all the cookies, cakes, and pies at every party we are attending, or on the dinner table, we are constantly looking for a way to enjoy these tasty treats, but feel like we are going to be watching our cholesterol readings creep up instead.
There are some really delicious healthy holiday desserts you can serve to your family and friends that won’t even hint that you had healthy in mind when you stirred them up.
Holiday Desserts That Are Healthy
At the Food Network, they suggest several delicious sounding (yet healthier than the original) recipes.
- For example, Truffle Chocolate Cheesecake in which most of the cream cheese in a traditional cheesecake is replaced with cottage cheese, cocoa powder, and melted chocolate. (Don’t let the 13 hour total time scare you – that’s including refrigeration. Prep time is 25 minutes.)
- Another fantastic sounding sweet treat recipe listed is the Lighter Chocolate Chip Cookies. In these cookies, ground oats are added to whole wheat flour .
- Ellie Krieger’s Mini Date-Nut Snowballs have no sugar added, and prep time is about 10 minutes!
- There’s also a Pumpkin Cheesecake offered that has about half of the fat as the original. It’s made with reduced fat cream cheese and Greek yogurt.
Healthy Christmas Desserts
Our friends at Health.com give us a full 31 days of healthy holiday desserts.
- Some examples are the Apple Spice Cake. Traditional recipes for this type of cake often call for more than two sticks of butter. But this one uses low-fat buttermilk and vegetable oil instead. Cinnamon and cloves add flavor and are good for us.
- Or how do Buttermilk Pralines sound? These have one-third of the calories of the traditional praline and only a fifth of the fat.
- Give your friends a piece of the Peppermint Ice Cream Cake and listen to the compliments pour out to you. It uses low-fat peppermint ice cream.
- Watching your carbs? Then how about a cupcake! Try one of the Coconut-Lemon Minis. One cupcake has just 19 carbs!
Gluten Free Holiday Desserts
If you are in need of a few gluten free cookie ideas, Betty Crocker has a marvelous website full of mouth-watering cookie recipes. To name just a few, the gluten free holiday toffee bars, the gluten free decadent double chocolate cherry cookies, and the gluten free Russian Teacakes really made us want to get in the kitchen and fire up the oven! There are other tempting desserts at this website that adhere to the gluten free diet.
Holiday Desserts for Diabetics
Another dessert dilemma during the holidays is finding good recipes for the diabetic. At Diabetic Living there are numerous recipes to help the diabetic enjoy the wonderful sweet tastes without compromising their health. Some of our favorites are the Tiramisu Bites and the Red Velvet Whoopie Pies! As with the gluten free site, this site has many more mouth-watering recipes to consider.
As you can see, you really don’t have to say no to a fantastic dessert during the holidays and you can say yes without feeling guilty about eating it. There are some tantalizing ideas out there that will help us enjoy a treat while opening those gifts or relaxing with the family! So, enjoy and stay healthy.
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