Glynis Albright’s Tips for Making Healthy Desserts

November 1, 2015


“If you are anything like me, you have probably thought that low-cholesterol, low-fat desserts are synonymous with being “boring and bland. By being creative with ingredients and style, I have found that this is not true! As we strive to take better care of ourselves and maintain our health, it is important to find ways to make our food tasty and good for us at the same time.”

Here are five tips on creating healthy and tasty desserts:

  • When preparing your favorite dessert, decrease the amount of sugar required by ¼ or ½. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, use only ¾ or ½ cup.

  • Instead of using whole butter, use light butter. The taste is just as good!

  • Get back to nature. Wake up the flavor in your cooking and baking. Replace a portion of the sugar required in a recipe with fruit or nuts.

  • Although some nuts and fruit may be a bit caloric, try using half the amount required and then chop the nuts or fruit into tiny pieces. Just think—if the eyes accept it the mind will as well! ½ cup of chopped nuts will distribute just as good as one cup of whole nuts. A little goes a long way.

  • Does your baking and cooking need to be turned up a notch? When baking, try using extracts and spices instead of salt. Vanilla, almond and lemon extracts are great! Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and ginger can really spark up a recipe. When cooking, herbs such as cilantro, oregano, thyme and rosemary are great with all meats, fish, and poultry.