Looking for a treat for your movie night or on those days when you’re feeling hungry? Instead of turning to candy, chocolate, chips, pretzels, and other junk food, why not go for HEALTHY snacks and desserts? Below, you’ll find a number of superfoods that make amazing desserts—desserts that will be as nutritious as they are delicious:
Walnuts are one of the best of the foods in the nut family, thanks to their high Omega-3 fatty acid content. These nuts are also absolutely delicious, and easy to turn into a tasty snack. Simply toast them in a skillet until they’re crunchy, or roll them in a bit of honey and toast them until they’re “candied”. Sprinkle your favorite seeds over the honeyed nuts and enjoy a delicious, healthy snack.
Apples can be made into a lot of different snacks, most of which are surprisingly good for your health and low in calories. For example, pour a bit of tequila into the bottom of a baking pan, along with apple halves sprinkled with cinnamon. Bake them for a few minutes to get delicious Tequila-flavored baked apples. Or, cut the apples into cubes and boil them until they’re apple sauce. Mix with yoghurt and sprinkle toasted oats on top for a healthy granola parfait. Apples are one of the most versatile superfoods and desserts!
Sunflower seeds are loaded with fatty acids, fiber, protein, and minerals—making them one of the healthiest snacks you can add to your diet. It doesn’t matter that they’re typically served as salty snacks; all you have to do is get a bit creative to turn them into something sweet. For example, roll them up with a bit of peanut butter to make nut balls, or use raw honey, coconut oil, shredded coconuts, and dried fruits to make delicious bars. Quick, easy, and absolutely delicious!
Coconuts are loaded in healthy fatty acids, and coconut oil is one of the most versatile of the cooking oils. You can turn coconut into a broad array of healthy desserts: coconut cookies using almond flour and shredded coconuts, coconut smoothies, healthy pina coladas, and so much more. Heck, you can even pour dark chocolate over shredded coconut to make delicious coconut chocolate bars.
Dark chocolate is absolutely a superfood, thanks to its high antioxidant content. It’s also one of the most delicious foods to cook with, and makes a killer dessert. You can make your own chocolate fondue (using fruit), or chocolate-covered fruits. All you need is a small amount of sugar to counteract the bitterness of the dark chocolate, and you’ve got yourself a fairly low-carb snack!
Chia seeds are one of the best plant-based proteins, as they contain all the amino acids required for building muscle. They also make a fascinating ingredient to use for your desserts, thanks to the fact that they’re rich in fiber that swells up and turns to a gel-like substance. You can make your own delicious mousse-like desserts by mixing chia seeds in with water or milk and bittersweet dark chocolate powder. Or, mix them into a cup of fruit juice to make a Jell-O alternative.
Matcha green tea is rich in antioxidants, specifically antioxidants that will target fat burning. Try making your own matcha popsicles—pour sweetened matcha green tea into popsicle trays and stick them in the freezer for a few hours. You can also use coconut milk mixed with matcha to make a truly amazing, nutrient-rich dessert smoothie or popsicle.