Healthy Tips & Recipes



No one said you can’t enjoy a decadent dessert on occasion. In fact, the best desserts are homemade, using the healthiest ingredients possible. Here are some delicious ideas to help make your favorite desserts diet–friendly. 
1. Skip the full-fat whip. Whipped cream is a common dessert topping. Leaving it off your desserts will significantly cut down on fat and calories. Instead, use nonfat plain Greek yogurt sweetened with a little natural no-calorie sweetener. 
2. Avoid the sugar. Replace the sugar you would use in baked goods with monk fruit all-natural no-calorie sweetener or with stevia. You may have to experiment to get the taste you like. 
3. Cut the butter. Butter enriches many baked desserts, but it's also high in saturated fat. If a recipe calls for butter, try replacing it with trans-fat-free margarine (vegetable-oil spread) or in some cases with olive oil or canola oil. Keep in mind that you may need to experiment with the recipe to achieve the taste and texture you like with the substitution. 
4. Avoid "à la mode." We all know the pleasure of pie with a scoop of ice cream — it’s a common temptation that really shouldn’t be indulged in and then only occasionally. You can easily avoid this double whammy by enjoying a few bites of just one or the other. Another solution: Have a small slice of pie with a little nonfat plain yogurt on top instead. 
5. Consider healthy flour options. Use whole-wheat, white whole-wheat, or whole-wheat pastry flour instead of white all-purpose, bread, or cake flour to prepare baked desserts. In addition, you can experiment with gluten-free flour options, such as almond, hazelnut, or coconut flour, buckwheat, cornmeal, garbanzo or other bean flour, and sorghum flour. Mixing a few of these grains is quite common in gluten-free baking.                 -Tips from Frances Boardman

                              AVOCADO CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
 1 ripe avocado
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
cocoa powder to roll truffles in
1. Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, mash avocado. When  chocolate is smooth, pour into mashed
    avocado and stir together, Add vanilla and cinnamon,
3. When combined and clump-free, place in refrigerator for about one-half hour. When
    cooled and semi-hardened, scoop into 1" balls and roll until smooth.
4. Roll each ball in cocoa powder and serve. Place any remaining truffles in air-
    tight container.