Monday, January 12, 2015

Low-Sugar Dessert Recipes That Will Wow You

Simple, Healthy Recipes


by A.L. Woods, Staff Writer

As summer approaches, many folks, including me, are making the effort to up their fitness regimen. Losing weight for both health and appearance is a top priority, and the most important factor in achieving these goals is in the area of nutrition. To this end, I'd like to suggest three low-sugar desserts that will propel you on your way to a svelte and shapely figure.

First, a few tips:

  • Keep it simple.
  • The best recipes are the most simple. Limit your ingredients to around three or so.
  • Use natural, unprocessed ingredients.
  • As much as possible, use ingredients that are close to nature, such as natural sweeteners, e.g., honey, agave nectar.
  • Buy organic.
  • If your budget allows, buy organic produce. It's a much healthier alternative.
 
Recipe #1 - Apple Berry Walnut Delight

This one is one of my personal favorites that I created during a period of time when I was working with a personal trainer.

Wash and slice a green apple and place the slices in a bowl.

Rinse and clean a handful of blueberries and add them on top of the apple.
 
Drizzle a little agave nectar on top of the fruit.
 
Sprinkle two tablespoons of candied walnuts on top of the blueberries.

Add a dollop of low-fat, low-calorie whipped cream on top.

Enjoy!    


Recipe #2 - Peach Mango Smoothie Thrill

This is a great recipe for those who tend to have a strong sweet tooth for milkshakes. A wonderful way to wean your way back to the healthy side.

Wash and slice a ripened peach and place it in a blender.

Wash and slice a ripened mango and place it in a blender.

Add two tablespoons of dried cranberries.

Add a splash of lemon juice.

Add ¼ cup of filtered water (more if you like your smoothies of a thinner consistency).

Blend until all ingredients are liquefied.    

 
Recipe #3 - Watermelon Slush

This is another of my summertime favorites that I created as I pursued my weight loss goals.

Place two cups of chunked watermelon in a blender.

Add a splash of squeezed lemon juice and squeezed lime juice.

Add two tablespoons of brewed, unsweetened mint tea.

Drop in three ice cubes.

Add ½ cup of water.

Blend.


The above recipes are both nutritious and delicious and should help curb your cravings for sweets and give you a feeling of satiety.

There's no excuse to keep you from meeting your fitness goals if you use low-sugar dessert recipes and keep them simple and healthy.

Source: Personal experience

*Photo: Valerie Everett via Flickr


[Originally published on Yahoo! Voices on 05/13/2014 (no longer published there).]