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Desserts with (Health) Benefits

Yes!  There really is such a thing as a healthy dessert – here’s proof!

It kinda makes me sad when people say “I was bad – I ate dessert”.  Dessert is GOOD.  Very good.  It makes your taste buds happy and it completes a meal.  I’m not saying you have to have it every meal, or every day, but if you can’t have some dessert every once in a while, well, that’s just wrong.

Here’s my take on dessert.  It’s just like everything you eat.  Make sure it’s balanced, and contains a few ingredients with health benefits – like fresh fruit, especially berries, or real dark chocolate, to get your antioxidants, or Greek yogurt, or a wholesome dairy ingredient to get some protein and calcium.  If the ingredients in your dessert are healthy enough to eat on their own and make you feel good, then they’re A-OK to get combined in some creative way and turned into a dessert. Right?  It’s what I call Desserts with Benefits, AKA, a Healthy Dessert, and these are some of my favorites for summer.


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Dark Chocolate Toffee S’mores Bark and some Blog Brûlée

My attendance at the Blog Brûlée is partially funded by Sponsors of the Blog Brûlée, and I received a discounted registration to the event in exchange for writing this post. Opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated for my time.

I am totally, completely, beyond excited about a little trip that’s coming up for me in less than 2 weeks. I’m also scared to death, but I’m putting on my big girl pants and I’m not even going to think about how shy and awkward and terrified I’m going to be to spend an entire weekend with some of my blogging-photography-recipe developing-marketing and writing IDOLS. ‘Cause I’m going to Blog Brûlée 2015!! Continue Reading..

Summer Fruit Crumble

OMG.  I am SO very sorry for all of the dessert recipes lately.  Said NO ONE ever!  Who doesn’t love a fresh, fruity dessert on a hot, summer night?  Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a crumble that’s heaped full of the gorgeous array of fruit that’s so ridiculously cheap right now. They’re really like the queen of all quick and easy summer desserts.

I kind of over did it on nectarines the other day – I think they were about $0.79 a pound.  Can you blame me?  So of course, they were the star of the show.  And because variety is the spice of life, I tossed in some blackberries.  And if that wasn’t enough, I somehow won a lovely package of gold kiwifruit from the wonderful folks at Zespri – so naturally they had to be invited to the crumble party too. Continue Reading..

Fruit Salad Pudding {Recipe ReDux}

I had a thought the other day – whoever decided that Nutrition should be a career, must have made that decision in July. I think it went something like this… “Wow, these fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere, and they’re so sweet, colorful and dee-licious! I think I need to teach people about why they’re so good for you, and how eating them every day can keep you healthy and happy!” You know that mind-conversation couldn’t possibly have happened in January or March, right? But July was MADE for healthy eating, and it is indeed a registered dietitian’s favorite month!

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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Bourbon and Spiced Praline Pecans

So if you’re anything at all like me, you’re staring into your pantry thinking “What on earth am I going to do with all of those extra cans of pumpkin puree?”  I know.  It seemed like a great idea at the time.  Stock up on canned pumpkin because it’s on sale, and there will be pies to make, and you’ve always wanted to try to make pumpkin ravioli, or that great pumpkin pasta recipe you found on Pinterest.   Continue Reading..

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