We know the deal. Once Thanksgiving Day rolls around, all diet bets are off. You might eat right and exercise religiously the other 364 days of the year, but on this holiday – for a mere 24 hours – you give yourself permission to gorge to your heart’s content.
The thing is… Even those few fleeting hours of indulgent consumption can take their toll on your heart, not to mention your waistline, and Thanksgiving desserts are some of the worst offenders.
Pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake might melt in your mouth, but their high fat content may not as easily melt off your thighs. That’s why Oubly.com has created a list of some healthy Thanksgiving desserts.
Keep in mind, healthier doesn’t mean you can eat an entire tart or pie with no repercussions, but you can have a hearty serving without worrying about derailing your healthy eating habits.
1. Pumpkin Custard
What would Thanksgiving be without a pumpkin dessert? Pumpkin pie is the quintessential sweet treat served up once everyone at the table has had their fill of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and stuffing.
Depending on what ingredients you use, though, pumpkin pie may not be an ideal choice when you’re taking fat and calories into consideration. The crust often contains the bulk of fat in a pie dessert, so why not forego it completely? Instead, make a delightfully tasty pumpkin custard. You’ll still get the flavor with a fraction of the calories.
2. Baked Pears
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Fruit-based desserts are usually a safe choice when it comes to making healthier Thanksgiving sweets, and baked pears often make the top of the list. All you need is a little honey and brandy, which makes this treat an adults-only dessert, when roasting your pears. Season with cloves or cinnamon to bring out the natural flavor of this fall time fruit.
3. Cranberry Apple Pie
If you simply must have pie on Thanksgiving Day, might we suggest cranberry apple?
Apples come high in fiber, and their fibrous interiors soften beautifully when baked in an oven. Toss a few cranberries into your pie mix and let their mildly tart taste balance out the sweetness of your apple slices.
Just remember one key tip when making your cranberry apple pie – forget the double-crust! Let the bulk of your pie remain fruit-based to cut down on fat and calories.
If you love pie a la mode, indulge with a scoop of non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt.
4. Fruit Tart
Is it possible for a Thanksgiving dessert to be anything more than delicious? Of course! When you make a fruit tart, it can also be wholly nutritious!
Choose from blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, and more. Each contains ample doses of antioxidants that can fortify your health and destroy cellular toxins.
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Make your crusts with applesauce instead of butter, and you can enjoy a wonderfully scrumptious Thanksgiving dessert with zero guilt.
5. Nut Clusters
If fruit-based desserts don’t whet your appetite, you can still enjoy your Thanksgiving sweets.
In fact, we’ve come up with an option that includes a dessert all-star: chocolate. Did you know that like fruit, the dark variety of chocolate contains important antioxidants?
That’s right! When coupled with pecans, walnuts, cashews, or almonds, you can also benefit from generous servings of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
So feel free to snack on one, two, or even three delectable yet healthy nut clusters on this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
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