Sweet Potato 5: Guilt-Free Berry Desserts

Sweet Potato 5: Guilt-Free Berry Desserts

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5 Healthy Berry Desserts

I wanted to call this post You Must Eat Dessert for Good Health. Then I realized I’d be misleading the chocolate-addicted souls like myself. So there’s a caveat to this rule—Your dessert has to include berries. I know you’ve heard this before, but berries are nutritional powerhouses. However, did you really know how much? Take the humble strawberry. It’s one of the top-rated fruits for Vitamin C content, and is a super source of fiber. Blueberries are also one of the highest anti-oxidant fruits, and its phyto-chemicals help fight infection. You can expect the same stellar performance from raspberries and blackberries. In other words, we can promote healthy growth and fight infection if we have a dessert jammed with berries, and if it’s an occassional event, you can totally feel guilt-free. Can’t you just hear the strawberry shortcake calling your family’s names…

Here are five of our favourite healthy berry desserts, starting with this easy summer classic.

Strawberry Shortcake Sliders shown above use spelt flour and agave syrup for the “cake,” omitting the trappings of white sugar and flour that make the traditional dessert a nutritional land mine.

Kale and Berry Smoothie is a great dessert (or morning treat) that lends itself to just about any berry. You also get the disease-fighting goodness of kale.

Lemon and Blueberry Cake is prepared with wholewheat flour, and it makes a nice foundation to a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Who said ice cream?

Baked Banana and Berry Boats is a fast and inventive twist on dessert. The chocolate doesn’t hurt either.

Blueberry and Peach Crisp makes summer’s freshness the star alongside rolled oats.

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