The holiday season is here. It's a time for celebrating and spending quality time with friends and family. These festive gatherings almost always include holiday dinners and not-so-healthy treats.
Where treats or desserts are concerned, why not opt for healthier ingredient choices without sacrificing flavour? Whether you are following a special diet due to health concerns or food sensitivities or trying to maintain your weight over the holiday season, making simple ingredient substitutions is the answer.
**Learn to make 4 of Shawna's favourite Holiday Desserts on Dec. 5th!**
For those who want to be adventurous this holiday, whipping up raw desserts is an ideal way to incorporate a ton of healthy ingredients. However, you can always add a healthy boost to your traditional recipes by replacing one or two of the ingredients. Either way, with a little thought you can bring desserts to the table that will A) help promote healthy blood sugar levels and B) be more suitable for guests that have special diets.
Here are some helpful tips for adapting your favourite holiday desserts:
Healthier Sweeteners: instead of sugar (especially highly refined white sugar) try dates, unpasteurized honey, maple syrup (darker varieties have more minerals), coconut sugar or nectar, or green stevia powder.
Gluten- or Flour-Free Ingredients: try nuts or seeds, nut flours or shredded coconut. A simple no-bake pie crust would include walnuts and dates and then be flavored with cacao, vanilla powder or cinnamon.
Creams, Custards and Icings: try coconut butter, soaked cashews or macadamias, coconut meat (fresh or frozen), coconut oil (an excellent substitution for butter) or cacao butter.
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Shawna Barker BSc., RHN is a nutritionist, college instructor, and raw food educator.