Healthy, Delicious Desserts (yes, Desserts) to Enjoy During the Holidays!

Yes, there is such thing as a healthy holiday dessert!

In fact, there are many!

When we think of holiday festivities, gatherings and meals, we often think of all the succulent dishes and decadent desserts that are the central theme to these occasions.

However, with a little planning and thoughtfulness, you can actually maintain your health and wellness goals during the holidays — and still enjoy dessert (in moderation, of course)!

So if you’re worried about holiday weight gain, don’t skip the dessert table. Instead, indulge sensibly this holiday season with healthier versions of traditional holiday favorites…or try something new, such as the tasty recipes below, which are sure to be a hit with the entire family:

Mini Chocolate Date Balls Rolled In Coconut
2 cups Medjool Dates
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut

Remove pits from dates. Place dates, cocoa powder and vanilla extract in a food processor. Process until smooth. Add half of the coconut to the mixture and pulse until mixed through. Moisten hand with water and form the date mixture into a mini ball. Roll balls in unsweetened coconut. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information per serving (1 ball): 80 calories, 1g fat, 19g carbohydrate, 5g protein

Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Dried Cherries and Crystalized Ginger
11oz dark chocolate
2/3 cup pistachios
2/3 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup crystalized ginger, coarsely chopped

Coarsely chop the pistachios, cherries and ginger or pulse in a food processor until ingredients are coarsely chopped. Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler or place a stainless steel bowl on the top of a pot of simmering water. Stir continuously until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with foil, spreading with a spatula to about 1/4 inch. Thickness: scatter nut mixture over the chocolate. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Peel off the foil and break into pieces. Serve slightly chilled.

Nutrition for one serving (1oz): 160 calories, 9.5g fat, 16g carbohydrate, 2.5g protien

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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