Methodist Healthcare - January 03, 2022

Sweeten up dessert and stay on track with your heart healthy resolution. There are plenty of ways to make dessert a more nutritious part of your meal, chocolate included.

  1. Practice moderation: Moderation is key. Enjoy what you love, but pay attention to serving sizes. Practice self-control when the chocolate cake is triple-layered or the cookie includes icing and sprinkles. If you're counting calories, make sure you can fit essential nutrient-rich meals in along with the dessert. Try only eating these kinds of sweets a couple times a week.
  2. Try a new way to sweeten baked goods: Cocoa nibs add a bittersweet flavor to your baked goods, while providing antioxidants, vitamins, mineral and fiber to your diet. Check out recipes involving this sweet morsel.
  3. Eat more fruit: Fruit is nature's natural sweetener. Grill plums, nectarines or pineapples as a snack. Grilling fruit heightens flavor for a more satisfying eating experience. Also, next time you're at the ice cream shop, top low-fat frozen yogurt with fruit instead of sprinkles. If you're a fruit salad fan, add in pistachios or seeds to your fruit salad to liven up flavors and add some crunch to the mix.

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