National Dessert Month
I used to dread October. It was the scary month. And I am not referring to the scary movies and decorations that abound. I am talking about something even more sinister. The sweet trap. It definitely is a trick to think I can pass up treats. But the same way that I learned to love October for it’s rich colors, I learned that I can actually enjoy all that the month has to offer. Even treats. Among other things October is National Dessert Month.
Do we really need a reason to celebrate desserts? Don’t even think about saying no. The key to life long wellness is moderation. Allowing yourself to enjoy a variety of foods, even desserts, can help you stay the course on a well balanced diet.
So if you needed an excuse to try something sweet, this is it. Many desserts even offer some health benefits. So you can have them after a meal without feeling the guilt.
Here are some dessert ideas to help you celebrate!
One of my favorite items is Baker’s Dipping Chocolate. When everyone participates in the dessert it makes it even more memorable. Kids can help melt the chocolate and make chocolate covered treats. In no time you can have a fancy dessert for a party of any number or if you are like me, a party of one!
Strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. Strawberries are an excellent source of folic acid and dark chocolate with a high cocoa content contains heart healthy resveratrol.
Dark Chocolate Fondue. There are many fruits that you can pair with dark chocolate such as peeled kiwi slices, orange wedges, bananas and apple slices. For a hot and spicy fondue you can add 1 teaspon of ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cayenne into the chocolate before melting. Extracts offer great flavor enhancements, too. Add ½ teaspoon of peppermint or almond extract for some kick.
Occasionally one must through caution to the wind and just go for it. During this season it is hard to pass up a caramel apple. What a fun treat for the kids to make annually during October. While caramel does have a high sugar content it contains virtually no fat and cholesterol. Apples contain beneficial dietary fiber and pectin. Kids can roll the caramel apple in their favorite nuts or candy. Drizzle dark chocolate over caramel apples for a great taste and presentation.
Chocolate not your thing? There are many other dessert options that are delicious and not calorie laden. Try a fruit parfait or grilled sundaes (put your favorite fruit on the grill, thentoss it over some nonfat vanilla ice cream). There are even great options for diabetics such as sugar free, fat free Jell-O pudding or gelatin.
Now October no longer frightens me. You know what would be scary? Missing an opportunity to have dessert. Enjoy National Dessert Month!