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When it comes to eating out a favorite part for many comes at the end of the meal with dessert.  But what many people don't realize is those mouth watering treats come massive of calories and fat.  The Food and Drug Administration recommends a daily intake of 2,000 calories and 65 grams of fat.  But there are ways to cut the calories and fat without sacrificing the flavor and sweetness and still satisfying your sweet tooth.

If you want something sweet more often, try some of these

 

  •  A single dark chocolate truffle
  •  An oz. of dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa)
  •  Strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce
  •  Frozen grapes
  •  "Ice Cream" made from frozen bananas

 

 

 

 

 

  There are many ways to make desserts healthier:   Substitute natural sweeteners for refined sugar and corn syrup

 

 

  • 1.       Brown rice syrup
  • 2.       Maple syrup
  • 3.       Coconut sugar
  • 4.       Honey
  • 5.       Dates

Substitute fruit and vegetable purees for all or a portion of the fat

 

 

 

  • 1.       Apple sauce
  • 2.       Pumpkin puree
  • 3.       Sweet potato puree
  Substitute healthier fats for margarine, Crisco or other highly refined fats

 

 

 

  • 1.       Coconut oil
  • 2.       Grass-fed whole butter

 

 

 Add healthier ingredients

 

 

  • 1.       Nuts
  • 2.       Seeds
  • 3.       Dried Fruit
  • 4.       Dark Chocolate
  • 5.       Super Foods (raw cocao, maca, flax seed, chia seeds)
Natural sweeteners can be used to replace sugar in any recipe. Here is a guide to substituting these products for sugar. The amount indicated is equivalent to 1 cup of sugar, and the third column details what it is best to use for. 

 

 

 

Sweetener

Amount = 1 cup Sugar

Use

honey

1/2-2/3 cup         

all-purpose

maple syrup

1/2-3/4 cup          

baking, desserts, sauces

maple sugar           

1/2-1/3 cup          

baking, candies

barley malt syrup    

1-1 1/4 cups       

breads and baking

brown rice syrup   

1-1 1/3 cups       

baking, cakes, sauces

date sugar               

2/3 cup               

breads, baking, candies

coconut sugar          

1 cup

all-purpose

blackstrap molasses

1 to 1 1/3 cups

all-purpose

stevia                     

see manufacturer's label for quantity and usage, as they vary


 

 

 

 

 

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