Eating tasty desserts without added sugar

November 20, 2018
Fudge ice cream

IF you’re watching your sugar diet or if you’re diabetic, desserts should not be included in your menu.

Don’t fret, you can still eat dessert if you’re eating clean. Just scale it back and choose treats that are lighter on the sugar or free from added sugar entirely. A modest amount of sweetener is fine; you can still have foods like dark chocolate (what’s life without chocolate?). But when you want a sweet treat that’s totally clean, we have ideas for desserts with zero added sugar.

* Swap ingredients. Eating clean means eating more of the healthiest foods, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. So even at dessert—focus on using those ingredients. Instead of a sugar cookie crust, try making a dessert pizza with juicy watermelon as the base.

* Use fruit for sweetness. Fruit is naturally sweet and, unlike cakes and candy, comes in a nutritious package with fiber and vitamins and minerals. Fiber helps slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream, minimizing sugar spikes. And fruit provides key nutrients like potassium, vitamin C and folate. Dates or frozen grapes make a great dessert when you need a sweet bite. For something a little more special turn frozen bananas into creamy, sweet “ice cream” in your food processor.

* “Modify” sugar-loaded desserts. Sure you could eat your fruit as is or cut it into regular slices and it would be a wholesome way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Pineapple slices can be cut into flowers with a cookie cutter and cored apple slices turn into “donuts” with a little creativity.

* Make it beautiful. Who doesn’t love eating Instagram-worthy treats? And you don’t need to go crazy to make something beautiful—nature did most of the hard work for you. There are rainbow of natural colors: deep purple blackberries and grapes, dark blue blueberries, soft green kiwis, orange mangoes and tangerines and bright red strawberries and raspberries. Have fun with them and make your all-fruit desserts more festive with an ombré fruit salad or a rainbow fruit kebab. Full of color, free of artificial anything and added sugar.