Whether it’s pumpkin pie, cookies, or another treat, there are sure to be plenty of tempting desserts around the holidays. It's best to save sweets for special occasions, making the holidays a good time to allow for a special treat!
For this month’s meal makeover, we’ll show you some ways to fit a portion of tasty dessert into a holiday meal.
When it comes to sweets, the key is to plan ahead and keep portions small. Simply cut back on the amount of starchy foods you eat during dinner to "free up" some carbohydrate for dessert.
Let’s say you use Create Your Plate to fill your plate at dinner. Your original meal might look like this:
To fit in a serving of our bonus cookbook recipe Almond Joy Hot Chocolate (11 grams of carbohydrate for one cup), just skip one of the starchy foods on your plate to “make room” for it in your meal plan. Perhaps your mom only makes her famous mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. In that case, skip the fruit or roll on the side. It’s all about balancing and trying to keep the amount of carbs you eat consistent with your usual plan. Make it work for you!
Let's say you want to fit in a cookie like our Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies (17 grams of carbohdyrate per cookie). Again, you might skip the fruit or the roll. You could also eat half of a roll and half the amount of fruit salad in anticipation of a cookie for dessert. That way, you'll still get to try a bit of everything.
Here are some more dessert portions that may be helpful to remember this holiday season:
When possible, curb your sweet tooth with something that includes some nutritious ingredients like fresh fruit, low-fat dairy, or whole grains. For example:
We have lots of tasty dessert recipes here on Recipes for Healthy Living that you can bring to your next holiday party. Try:
by Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, RD, LDN, CDE, and Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough
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