I love dessert. I also love being healthy. My four kiddos also love sweets. So over the years, I've created some great strategies for getting some dessert in our lives while also honoring our bodies, which frankly do not need as much sugar as our palates seem to crave.
If you love baked goods too, go ahead and preheat that oven and listen in. I've got some tips for keeping dessert alive while staying reasonable. First: Make your own.
I have a lot more leeway with homemade treats. Not only can I manage what is going in them but making my own baked treats puts a minimum half-hour buffer between me and a pan of brownies, which means we will eat treats mindfully instead of grabbing a box of cookies and nibbling our way through them unnoticed while watching The Goldbergs.
Second healthy dessert tip: Cut up small portions of treats and serve them on a tray alongside a healthier "open quantity" option. For instance, I may place a large bowl of low-fat Greek yogurt on the table next to a plate of homemade banana bread cut into small squares. Diluting the baked goodie with a protein or fiber-filled option is a low-stress way to make dessert healthier for the whole family.
Third tip: Invest in a confectioners' sugar duster and fill it up with organic powdered sugar. Even a tiny dusting of powdered sugar fools our palates into thinking something is sweeter than it is, simply because it's visible.
Finally, a tip just for adults: Drink espresso with a chunk of dark chocolate or a small finger of homemade cake (like Earl Grey Lemon Tea Cakes) for dunking. The deep roasted flavor of espresso coupled with just a little sweet makes a satisfying and sophisticated dessert.