The Doctor Makes Dessert

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Can desserts be part of a healthy diet?

Yes, they can! When talking about desserts, I’m generally an advocate of eating small portions of whatever dessert you want, infrequently.  The concept of “healthy dessert” is usually uninspiring.  (It brings to mind the only batch of chocolate cookies I made in college that nobody wanted– I used all whole wheat flour and lowfat butter.  I don’t recommend it.)  However, as part of my day job as a physician, I was asked recently to teach a healthy desserts workshop for a group of patients with high blood pressure.  Some of them need to lose weight, others not, but all of them are working on adapting healthier lifestyles.  So I took the challenge.  I thought about the healthy cooking principles I  teach, and applied them to dessert.  Here are my tips on how to include sweets as a (small and occasional) part of a healthy diet.  And don’t forget to allow yourself the occasional “non-healthy,” decadent dessert for special occasions such as your birthday and major holidays. (Disclaimer: this post is not intended as medical advice.  Please consult your doctor if you have any health conditions or special dietary requirements.)

To see my tips and for recipes for Secret Ingredient Brownies and Banana Cardamom “Ice Cream,” head over to BlogHer.

7 responses

  1. Love the tips for managing dessert! I like the frozen banana cream idea, especially using cardamom, very sophisticated. I saw a frozen banana soft serve ice cream machine for $50 at a cooking store. Just another thing that my trusty food processor can do.

    • Lucy, except for the spice and garnish, it’s the same banana “ice cream” I think you posted a few years back. I’ve seen those machines around, too– who has room for all that clutter? Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I love the frozen banana ice cream, those brownies also look amazing and adding cardamom is a wonderful idea. It’s great in shakes or smoothies. It’s so nice when you feel like you are eating something indulgent but it’s actually good for you. Great post!

  3. Pingback: Cardamom Scented Banana Bread | spicebox travels

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