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Dinner Diva: Not-so-bad-for-you desserts

the-dinner-divaIf you’re trying hard to eat foods that are good for you and to take steps to improve your overall health, chances are you’ve been opting out of dessert. But, we all know that from time to time, for special occasions, a sweet treat is just the thing after a nice meal.

Luckily, with some fruit and Greek yogurt in the house, you have many different options for a scrumptious dessert that will please everyone sitting around the table.

Here are some you may want to try:

Pineapple. Put some slices of fresh pineapple on the grill or under the broiler, and when the beautiful brown marks start to appear on the fruit, it will have been transformed into something juicy and delicious and as sweet as any cheesecake you could ever want! Top it with a scoop of frozen yogurt and you might never go back to chocolate cake again.

Grapes. Drizzle a bit of coconut oil over clusters of organic grapes, sprinkle them with salt and pepper and roast them until the skins are crisp. Serve them warm with a bit of Greek yogurt. Oh yum.

Banana. Peel some bananas, slice them into 1/2″ slices and fry them in coconut oil for 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Sprinkle walnuts over the top and eat them just like that, or with a bit of Greek yogurt.

Baked apple or pear. Remove the core of an organic pear or apple and bake it for roughly half an hour, until it’s soft and that’s about it. Sprinkle it with cinnamon, drizzle with a bit of maple syrup and put some frozen yogurt on there.

Tropical fruit cup. What is tastier than mango? Prepare a tropical fruit cup with mango, pineapple, kiwi and any other delectable southern fruits you like.

These desserts should tide you over when you’re battling a sugar addiction, but a little (a very little) goes a long way. Keep in mind that the higher in sugar something is (yes, even natural sugars!) the bigger surge in insulin you’ll experience. Excessive insulin equals belly fat and that is not what we want.

More from Dinner Diva Leanne Ely at www.SavingDinner.com.


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