The tree is up. The presents are wrapped. The stockings are even hung by the chimney with care. However, it isn’t truly the holidays until you have a delicious dessert ready for your loved ones to devour.
After all, it is the time to kick back, relax, and enjoy yourself… So why not partake in a holiday treat or two? If you’re tired of the same old recipes, though—or you don’t want to start off 2014 with a bigger waistline—I have discovered some innovative tasty treats that can put a smile on your face without putting on the pounds.
1. Seasonal Trifles
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Trifles are popular desserts around the holidays because of their impressive appearance and scrumptious taste. For those of you who may be too intimidated to make this dessert, we’re going to let you in on a secret: it’s really easy to make, too!
Instead of making a trifle with the traditional berries, pound cake, and whipped cream, why not create a holiday-themed sweet? Switch out the berries for pumpkin pie filling and substitute gingerbread for pound cake. Add a dash of cinnamon here and a little cardamom there for a delectable holiday treat.
2. Healthy Sugar Cookies
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Conventional sugar cookies taste wonderful, yet they are often lacking in any healthy ingredients.
White flour in particular offers little nutritional benefits, so leave it out of your next batch. Instead, use whole-wheat flour for your cookies. We promise that your family won’t know the difference!
To give your sugar cookies a bit of a kick, you can also include your favorite holiday spices such as cinnamon or ginger.
3. Tiny Tiramisu
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By all regards, tiramisu is a delicious and decadent holiday dessert. Depending on the recipe you use, though, a single serving of this yummy sweet can contain nearly 500 calories.
If that number makes you want to skip dessert entirely this holiday season, we have a solution: tiramisu cupcakes. With a fraction of the calories and fat, these bite-sized treats can still satisfy your sweet tooth.
Enjoy the rich flavors of cocoa, espresso, and mascarpone without letting your indulgence keep you from fitting in your favorite skinny jeans.
4. Eggnog Lite
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Speaking of skinny… Who doesn’t love a mug or two of eggnog at the holidays? Wait? What’s that you say? You deny yourself this delicious holiday brew because of its copious amounts of cream, egg, and sugar?
Okay, we get it… And you’re not alone. Many people who would love to have a sip of this appetizing drink often find themselves leaving it on the grocery store shelf because of its high calorie and fat content.
Well, deny yourself no longer. You can make your very own eggnog lite with just a few tweaks to this traditional treat. Simply substitute fat-free vanilla pudding for the eggs and cream, and voila! You have a delectable beverage that won’t add on the pounds.
5. Carrot Cake Bites
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When it comes to holiday desserts, carrot cake may not come with as many diet pitfalls as other traditional treats.
However, if you partake in two or more slices, you may suddenly find yourself eating nearly 1000 calories without even trying. So to curb any unintentional binging behavior, swap out your carrot cake recipe for a cupcake one.
As with tiramisu cupcakes, you can enjoy this delicious holiday dessert without having to worry about derailing your holiday diet.
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