Did you know that the average American eats somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 to 4,500 calories during a holiday turkey dinner? Whew! No wonder most of us take l-o-n-g naps afterward! When it’s time to waddle up to the dessert table, we can pack on another 300+ calories with just one slice of pumpkin pie!
So, how can you avoid eating up to 25% of your daily calories in one serving of dessert? Try substituting high-fat and -sugar ingredients with ones that have fewer calories and, in some cases, more fiber (which helps to offset the carbohydrate count).
Healthy desserts are not too good to be true. You can find many delicious, sweet recipes; the key is to look at the ingredients. Nutritious ingredients such as dark chocolate, oats, maple syrup, almond flour, coconut oil, walnuts, almonds, unsweetened yogurt, and all berries (e.g., blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.) can be used.
When baking with substituted ingredients, you may need to make slight adjustments to baking temperatures and times, depending on ingredients. Try these tricks, which have almost no effect on flavor:
For the holidays, the best thing you can do is be proactive and make and bring your own healthy dessert. It’s a gift you can give everyone. These chocolate truffles, which feature fresh and freeze-dried berries and are super-easy to make, are not only gorgeous but also vegan. Don’t let “vegan” throw you off; these desserts are delicious! Better yet, each one has only 23 calories. They’re also gluten free, low fat, and work for people on the paleo diet.
16 servings; 0.5 g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 65.4 mg sodium, 6.2 g carbohydrate (2.2 g dietary fiber, 3.1 g sugar), 1 g protein per serving
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Your friends at Teladoc wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!
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