The key to healthy sweets starts with eating whole foods, and the sweetest whole foods are fruits and some vegetables. Fruits are nature’s perfect candy. They can satisfy that longing for sweets, and they provide phytonutrients and vitamins to help keep you healthy. Squashes and sweet potatoes are another secret to eating healthy sweets. These yellow and orange vegetables are great in pies and are chock full of carotenoids and fiber, which support the immune system and cell rejuvenation. Here are 8 healthy and delicious recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Berry Pear Pie– A wonderful tart and sweet pie that is easy and fun. Cranberries are readily available around the Thanksgiving months of October and November. Pears are protective for cardiovascular and colon health. Pears are a great source of fiber. Cranberries, with their bright red color, pack an antioxidant punch that reduce damage to our cells and provide anti-cancer benefits. Cranberries support the cardiovascular and liver detoxification processes as well.
Apple Crisp– Recent studies have shown that phytonutrients in apples may help balance blood sugar. This is great news for diabetics because this recipe can help them satisfy their sweet tooth. Apples have been shown to help regulate blood fats with the pectin they contain and reduce heart disease, as well.
Sweet Potato Pie– Sweet potatoes have been called a super food. They are great sources of fiber and they have antioxidants, which reduce cell damage. They also have anti-inflammatory properties which support cardiovascular health. Sweet potatoes help to regulate blood sugar levels, as well.
Poached Pears– This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require many ingredients and is done in no time. Pears are a hypoallergic fruit, which means that most people can eat them without any adverse reaction. Pears promote cardiovascular and colon health and are also a great source of fiber.
Kabocha Squash Pie– Kabocha is a type of winter squash. Like other winter squashes, it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and blood sugar regulating qualities along with high quantities of vitamin A. This makes it an important component of cell repair and immunity boosting.
Pumpkin Bread– Pumpkin, like kabocha squash, also contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and blood sugar regulating qualities, plus vitamin A. This fun fall ingredient tastes great and looks beautiful on your table.
Fresh and Fruity Salad– This is a wonderfully flavorful salad that has a combination of antioxidants and fiber. Packed with Vitamin C, the mint and pineapple help with digestion. This is a sweet and light dessert that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack
Cranberry Granita– Cranberries are packed with antioxidant, making them cancer fighting machines. They’re also great for your heart and help detoxify your system.
Written by Dr. Daemon Jones, ND – Dr. “Dae” is a naturopathic physician and author of Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living at www.healthydaes.com. Dr. Dae is a member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association at www.nutritionalmagnesium.org.