How to Make Most Types of Desserts Healthier

A lot of people can’t end the meal without having a dessert. Whether they’re already satisfied with eating some ice cream or store-bought cake or cookies, they look forward to having their sweet treats after their meal. And although these sweet dishes really cap off any meal perfectly and satisfy your cravings, not all of these desserts are healthy and advisable to eat every day. However, it would be definitely better if you can create your own desserts that you and your family can eat and enjoy since you can make sure that you are using and putting in healthier ingredients. Below are some tips you can follow to make the usual types of desserts that you create are healthier and more nutritious:


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    When baking or creating no-bake sweet treats that call for some type of shortening, use natural fats.
    Even if the recipe requires you to use margarine, opt for natural fats which are of course healthier. The best choices for fat to use in making desserts are butter, olive oil, palm oil and coconut oil.
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    Reduce the amount of sweeteners you will use. Although the dessert you will make will be less sweet, it will still taste great and everyone’s cravings will be satisfied. You can cut up to 1/3 of sugar or whatever sweeteners recipe calls for to make the dessert healthier and lower in calories. You’ll definitely lower any tendency of getting diabetes if you always follow this tip when making your sweet dish.
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    Use natural and healthier sweeteners.
    Although substituting sweeteners can be quite tricky, by experimenting properly, you will find the best ones that suited for the treat you are making. The most recommended sweeteners you can use instead of the usual processed (and unhealthy) ones include honey, agave, sucanat, stevia extract, xylitol, vegetable glycerine, yacon syrup, coconut sugar and palm sugar.
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    Use whole grain flour. Whole grain flours are healthier to use. They have low calorie content but are rich in protein and dietary fibers. For starters, you can try substituting 1/3 – 1/2 of the flours in your recipes with whole grain alternatives. Once your (and everyone’s) taste buds have adjusted, you can make the move to more whole grains.
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    Finally, always add some fresh fruits or even vegetables in your dessert.
    Fresh fruits such as any kind of berries, bananas, kiwi, pomegranates and peaches and even certain types of vegetables and root crops such as arugula and sweet potatoes do not only add to the presentation of the dessert: they are also great sources of different healthy vitamins and minerals. Plus they also add interesting and great flavors to your dessert.

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