Christmas is a time of celebration, and of course, celebration involves food. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little indulgence (pavlova and fresh berries is my favourite part of Christmas dinner!) , it can all get a bit much with lots of rich meals and desserts at multiple occasions. Balancing out a few indulgences with lots of healthy options is a good way to get through the festive season without deprivation and without overdoing the treat foods.
Thanks to Sovereign, and their new #lifetakecharge mantra, I’ve got some amazing dessert and sweets options for the festive season to share with you. Sovereign are all about empowering New Zealander’s to take charge of their health and well being, so here’s some ideas that are all made with nutrient rich wholefood ingredients, varying from light fruit based dishes, to richer more decadent options.
1. Fruity Christmas Tree
This is such a neat idea for an edible centre piece. Simply buy a Styrofoam cone from a craft shop like Spotlight, choose some fresh fruits, and using toothpicks, press the fruit into the cone. Use star shaped cookie cutters to cut out melon. You can read more about how to do this here.
2. Santa Strawberries
A creative way to serve up strawberries and cream. Such a neat idea! Find instructions here
3. Watermelon, Blackberry and Mint Fruit Salad
Fruit is always a winner when it comes to fresh, healthy desserts. This fresh fruit salad looks amazing and the combination of flavours tastes great too. Serve with some thick, creamy Greek yoghurt for a fresh, light dessert. You can find the recipe here.
4. Raspberry and Banana Cheesecake
This cheesecake dessert is actually made with nuts, fruit and a little coconut cream for the filling rather than cream cheese. It’s rich, delicious and provides a source of vitamins and minerals. Serve in small slices with fresh berries. Find the recipe here.
5. Dark Chocolate Bark
For a sweet treat with a cup of tea or coffee you can’t go past a piece of chocolate bark. It’s easy to make, you can add whatever dried fruit and nuts you like and it’s ready to eat within 20 minutes. The raspberries, coconut and pistachios make a nice festive combination too. Find out how to make it here.
Do you have any nice ideas for healthier sweets and desserts?
This post was made possible thanks to Sovereign.