Who doesn’t love a great Dessert at the end of a meal? Or a sweet treat with friends on a Sunday afternoon? For most of us, dessert means indulgence. And desserts often contain high amounts of sugar and trans-fat. For older adults on a restricted-diet, both can be bad news.
Even if you aren’t on a physician-directed special diet, dessert can still wreak havoc on your commitment to eating healthy.
So how can you enjoy a great dessert without consuming too much fat and sugar?
In honor of National Dessert Day on Oct. 14, we are sharing a few ideas!
Healthy Dessert Ideas
- Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies: The folks at Health magazine created this skinny version of fudgy brownies. A few substitutions help bring the calorie count down to 127 per serving and the fat to just 6.7 grams.
- Deep Dish Apple Pie: Apples are so fresh and tasty this time of year! It’s the best season to enjoy freshly baked apple pie. But deep dish apple pie often racks up 700 to 800 calories a slice and as many as 30 grams of fat. Eating Well magazine has a healthier version of this perennial favorite apple pie you can enjoy instead. And the good news? It contains just 10 grams of fat and 345 calories.
- Quinoa Pudding: This protein-packed pudding is a blend of many favorite tastes: lemon, apple, cinnamon and raisins. You can serve it with berries and bananas to pump up the health benefits even further.
- Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars: While you might not think anything with “cheesecake” in the name can possibly be healthy, this recipe for Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars really is. It is rich with protein and fiber, while also combining the tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
You can also create a healthier version of your own favorite dessert recipe by making a few substitutions.
How to Create a Skinny Version of Your Favorite Dessert
These substitutions can help you cut the fat and sugar in your or a senior loved one’s favorite treats:
- Beets: This one might surprise you! By adding two thirds of a cup of finely grated raw beets to your favorite brownie recipe, you can cut the required amount of sugar by a quarter cup.
- Eggs: Egg whites are healthier than egg yolks. You can substitute two egg whites for one egg next time you make dessert. In doing so, you'll cut an average of 60 calories and six grams of fat from your treat.
- Applesauce: Another easy substitution is swapping sugar for unsweetened applesauce in a 1:1 ratio. Professional bakers suggest for every cup of applesauce substituted, you reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup to prevent the recipe from becoming too mushy.
- Almond milk: This is an easy one! Trade whole milk for almond milk the next time you are whipping up one of your family’s preferred treats. It’s lower in calories, cholesterol, and fat. And almond milk is also lactose free.
We hope this gives you a few ideas on how to indulge without feeling guilty!
Sunrise Dining Program
We talk about healthy meals a lot on our blog because we know eating well is a part of aging well. Residents at Sunrise communities enjoy delicious, nutritious food choices at every meal.
But you don’t have to take our word for it! We extend an open invitation for you and your senior loved one to join us for lunch or dinner to see for yourself. Call the Sunrise community nearest you to schedule a time.