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Holiday desserts taste great, but they add up over the holidays, causing spikes in your glucose levels. Managing health conditions such as diabetes will guilt you into not enjoying these tasty treats and possibly cause several health problems along the way if you push through.
So how do you stay in the festive spirit and enjoy holiday desserts without compromising your health? Eat healthy desserts! Yes. They exist.
Here are eight healthy holiday desserts you can make at home this holiday season.
1. Low-Sugar Pear Tarte Tain
This version of Pear Tarte Tain uses less sugar and butter compared to the traditional recipe. The sweetness comes from the natural glucose of pears, which produces a mouthwatering caramel sauce. Unsweetened whipped cream in the recipe balances the sweet taste of pears.
2. Chocolate Beet Cake with Avocado Frosting
Frosting made from avocado? You read that right! Instead of using pure sugar for your frosting, avocado is thrown in the mix. Gluten-free flour is the base, and we add beet puree into the cake mix for its antioxidant properties. The best part is, the frosting doesn’t taste like avocado – so you can feed it to picky-eaters.
3. Lavender Cheesecake Infused with Earl Grey
Cake and tea are usually enjoyed separately, but in this recipe, you incorporate them both. Although it’s called a cheesecake, it’s free from dairy, soy, and gluten. What makes this cake creamy is the addition of soaked cashews. Get ready to enjoy a whole new level of flavor with this cheesecake recipe.
4. Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars
These vegan crumb bars use cranberry sauce to make a gluten-free and refined sugar-free dessert that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can use the crumb mixture as the crust and crumb topping. These cranberry crumb bars are simple, tasty, and, most of all, healthy!
5. Date-Caramel & Pecan Baked Pears
This dessert uses only three ingredients and effortless to make. As you see from the name, all you need are dates, pecans, and pears. Throw the pears into the oven, toast the pecans, puree the dates, and put them together. You will have a delicious dessert that will fill your entire kitchen with an addictive aroma.
6. Apple Spice Bundt Cake with Cider Glaze
Instead of refined all-purpose flour, spelt flour is used for the cake to produce tasty results. The nutty flavor from the flour amplifies the butter, spices, and vanilla flavors, unlike all-purpose flour, which could water down those natural flavors.
7. Warmed Berries with Honey and Fresh Cheese
If you don’t have a lot of time to spare for desserts, this is the perfect addition to your holiday feast. You can prepare this dessert in a few minutes. The blend of berries, honey, and fresh cheese makes this a healthy after-meal snack.
8. Almond Cinnamon Holiday Nog
Eggnog is a typical holiday drink. A healthier alternative to this famous beverage is a smoothie with a blend of chai almond milk, almond butter, and vanilla protein powder. Almonds contain a lot of healthy fats, protein, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E.
Diabetes Management These Coming Holidays
It’s easy to go overboard and forget to manage your glucose levels around the holidays. The above desserts are not an excuse to slip off and binge on food. Excess amounts of any food could lead to health problems for you, so you need to watch your caloric and glucose intake.
To better manage your health, monitor your blood sugar levels with Care Touch Diabetes Testing Kit. The kit comes with all you need to conduct blood glucose tests at home. We’ve included a monitor, test strips, lancets, and a lancing device.
Happy holidays from Care Touch!