Desserts don’t have to be laden with fat and sugar in order to taste good! If you’re yearning for something sweet after dinner one night, why not try one of these options? They will be much lower in energy, sugar and fat that a lot of those store bought desserts contain!
Remember though, it’s not a good idea to get in to the habit of having dessert every night. Many people find this habit hard to break and it can lead to unhealthier choices and growing portion sizes.
Remove the core of an apple and fill it with a mixture of oats, sultanas, cinnamon and nuts. Bake the apple until soft and golden. Once cooked, remove from the oven and accompany with low fat Greek yoghurt or low fat custard – Yum!
Try this much healthier take on ice cream. Simply freeze some peeled, ripe bananas overnight. When ready, cut them in to smaller pieces and blend until they form an ice cream consistency – blending too far will melt them. You can add any additional ingredients you want and blend them through as well. Examples include:
- Mint and cocoa powder
- A tablespoon of peanut butter
- Frozen cherries and a few drops of vanilla essence
Try not to eat more than one banana worth of the ice cream or 2 if you haven’t had any other fruit that day!
Apple berry filo wrap
Thinly slice an apple and place in on two sheets of filo pastry with some frozen berries. Sprinkle it with some cinnamon and sultanas. Wrap up to make a parcel, brush it with some milk, sprinkle some more cinnamon on top and cook at a moderate heat until the pastry is golden brown.
Stew some pear, apple, rhubarb or whatever other fruit takes your fancy. Then just add some low fat yoghurt to serve! Extra portions can be stored in the fridge for the next night or to mix through porridge.
Cut up a mixture of fruit and add some low fat yoghurt to it. A variety of colours and types means you will be reaping a range of different health protective benefits.
Keep in mind how much fruit you have already had during the day. The recommended intake is around 2 pieces per day and sometimes fruit salad can be easy to over eat on.
Slice a banana in half. Add 2 tablespoons of ricotta cheese or low fat Greek yoghurt and sprinkle with nuts, a small amount of cocoa powder and warmed frozen berries.
Mix low fat custard with half a cup of boiled rice and a few sultanas.
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This article was written by our dietitian Belinda Elwin who is a Dietitians Association of Australia member and Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist.
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