Kids and adults alike love dessert.
Here are some healthy ideas to craft desserts that are filling and
fun. Desserts can be good for you. You are better off making
your own for enhanced flavor, larger portion size and lower
What is it about dessert that has everyone hooked? In the old days,
it was probably the way that parents got their kids to eat foods
that they didn't much care for at dinner. Today, it is a tradition
that most don't want to move away from. But, just because it is
sweet doesn't mean it has to be bad for you. Even fatty desserts are
not bad in moderation, although you don't get a really big portion
for your calories. Wouldn't it be better to eat more for less?
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Healthy Dessert Ideas
Fruit and Nuts
Fresh fruit has a natural sweetness that anyone will love. Combine
it with a crumb topping of nuts and brown sugar and you have a tasty
treat. Baking an apple and filling it with candied nuts and raisins
is like eating a healthier deconstructed apple pie. Try sliced pears
and peaches with a nut topping. Diced walnuts and almond slivers are
healthier nut choices.
They are beautiful to look at and even better to eat. Use diced
fruit and layer it with whipped cream (low fat or fat free, of
course) or vanilla pudding made with skim milk. For a chocolate
treat, layer fat free chocolate pudding with whipped cream and top
with chocolate cookie crumbles or granola. More parfait ideas here.
Ongoing research shows that dark chocolate has many health benefits.
Melt your own dark chocolate into candy molds and create lollipop treats for yourself and the
Spongy angel food cake and strawberries with fat free whipped
topping is a treat for anyone. Make it taste better by baking your
own cake and adding fresh strawberries sweetened with Splenda to
Take a sugar cookie and roll it out like dough. You can cut some
calories by making your own sugar cookie dough at home. The "sauce"
is made with sugar and cream cheese. You can also try peanut butter
and low fat cream cheese. Top with slices of your favorite fruit.
Drizzle with fat free caramel.
There's nothing like the old standby. Create your favorite gelatin
dessert. Add fruit pieces if you like. Top with whipped topping and