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Healthy Desserts - Nutrition

Cookies, cakes, pies, even ice cream—when it comes to those tempting treats, it’s easy to indulge. But there are ways to make those irresistible sweets a little healthier. “There’s a lot of different substitutions you can do, not just for desserts, but also foods alone,” said Erika Graziani, an outpatient nutrition program coordinator with Lee Health. Making a few ingredient substitutions can help to lower the saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugars. “We can actually replace a lot of those fine additive sugars with more whole-plant food ingredients,” she said. Consider replacing sugar with natural sweeteners like honey and fruit. “Sometimes you can save on ingredients because, for example, puree fruits, like apple sauce, mashed bananas, pumpkin puree, a lot of those things can replace not only replace sugar, but they can replace the oil and fat in a recipe as well,” Graziani said. Incorporating fruit into the recipe can also add to the sweetness while eliminating the extra calories. “There’s actually a lot of things you can do with fruit—you can grill it, bake it, poach it. Sometimes a sweet potato can be a great dessert food. When you roast them, it brings out the natural sweetness of the potato,” she said. Even with healthy replacements, portion size is key. “A lot of these are still pretty high in calorie and might have more fat, so you still want to be mindful of that,” said Graziani. Just a few tips to keep you focused on your health. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit