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Healthy Holiday Desserts

Insider's Viewpoint: Expert Supermarket Advice: Healthy Holiday Desserts. Natalie Menza. Manager of Health and Wellness, Wakefern Food Corporation. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org
Looking for an easy way to eat healthier this holiday season? We’ve got one sweet little idea for you. Eat dessert! But make it fruit. Fruit makes a naturally sweet and healthy choice at the end of a meal. With just a little enhancement — and not many more calories — you can turn fruit into a gourmet treat worthy of a special holiday meal.

Fruit not only tastes great, it’s an excellent source of essential nutrients like fiber, vitamins A and C and potassium.

Quick & Easy Fruit Desserts

  1. Sliced navel oranges drizzled with fat-free chocolate syrup and topped with toasted sliced almonds.
  2. Angel food cake topped with a fruit purée made from fresh or unsweetened frozen berries or mixed fruit.
  3. Apple wedges drizzled with fat-free caramel sauce.
  4. Fruit kebabs served with a dip made from low-fat vanilla yogurt.
  5. A fruit parfait made with a layer of fresh pineapple or canned pineapple (in its own juice), a layer of prepared low-fat vanilla or lemon pudding, a layer of thawed frozen blueberries and another layer of pudding.
  6. Cherry-Chocolate-Almond Pudding – Prepare a 4-serving size of fat-free chocolate fudge pudding and mix in ½ teaspoon of almond extract and 2 cups of fresh or frozen pitted cherries.
  7. Rice pudding made with brown rice, fat-free liquid eggs and low-fat milk. Stir in dried cherries or mashed ripe bananas.
  8. Pears poached in white grape juice and topped with fat-free chocolate syrup and a dollop of reduced-fat whipped dessert topping.

Natalie Menza, MS, RD
Manager of Health and Wellness
Wakefern Food Corporation

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