Contributed by: NAPSA
by Mindy Hermann, R.D. (NAPS) - What's the secret to enjoying dessert without the weight gain? Keep the portion sizes small and get at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily.
I asked Evelyn Tribole, R.D., author of "Healthy Homestyle Cooking" and "More Healthy Homestyle Cooking," to share a few of her ideas for reducing the calories in desserts. She recommends substituting applesauce for up to half the oil in a cake, using ricotta cheese or light cream cheese instead of regular and switching to reduced-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt. That said, Evelyn's favorite lower-calorie desserts require no recipe modification. "I dip strawberries in melted chocolate, enjoy a bowl of mango sorbet topped with fresh raspberries or savor a small, high-quality chocolate bar," says Tribole. "A 220-calorie bar has fewer calories than most traditional desserts."
Give this scrumptious lower-calorie dessert a try.
Heat oven to 375 F. Spray bottom and sides of 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. In baking dish, mix pie filling and frozen blueberries until well blended.
Place cereal in plastic bag and crush with rolling pin. In small bowl, mix cereal, pecans and brown sugar. Drizzle with butter; toss with fork until mixture is coated. Sprinkle cereal mixture over fruit in baking dish.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly around edges and golden brown on top. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Serving Size: Makes 12 Servings
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