This morning I decided I would make a healthy dessert. I am trying to be pro-active when it comes to my diet and whilst I have designed and am actually sticking closely to my healthy meal plan, I have identified that one of my weaknesses is the ice-cream van.
Now for those of you who aren’t familiar with them (I am not sure if they are used over in the States and Canada etc) these are vans which come round most days during the summer from which you can buy all manner of ice-cream and soft drinks.
They normally play a merry little tune to announce their arrival and to attract all the kids (of which I am obviously a big one) and in this hot weather I inevitably go out and buy myself to an ice-cream.
Of course ice-creams, as delicious and appealing as they are, simply are not low-fat or low sugar and whilst I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with treating yourself every now and then, I do feel it is important to watch out for things that are not healthy and which may slip under the radar so to speak.
So I decided to make a healthy dessert which I can go to instead of the ice-cream van and having tested the recipe last night and having spoken to my dietitian about it during my hospital appointment on Monday and having had this recipe recommended to me by her this is what I did.
All you need is….
Sugar and Fat Free yoghurt. (125g pot)
Mixing spoon or Whisk.
Berries/Fruit of your choosing.
Small Dishes in which to serve them.
All you do is take your berries/fruit (Try not to go for the too acidic types) and freeze them over night.
Then taking your jug, mix up your jelly using half the required amount of water.
Once your mixture has cooled a little take your pot of sugar and fat-free yoghurt and add that making sure to stir it in well.
Then take the pot your yoghurt came in and fill it using the some of the other half of your water. Once you have filled it discard that water and add the rest of your water to your mix. (Effectively all you are doing here is reducing the amount of water you would normally use by the amount of yogurt you have added).
I used small earthen ware pots which I had and found that I could make five individual desserts from one sachet (1 pint or 570 ml) of mixture.
Once you have added the amount of frozen berries/fruit that you require simply pour the mixture into dishes doing so equally between your pots.
Obviously the size of pot matters and o there will be some trial and error needed but the pots I contain about 115 ml of mixture each and so worked out very well.
Once you have poured out all of your mixture equally between your pots simply pop them in the fridge to set.
Once they have set you can even cut a berry or piece of fruit in half and place it on the top to look all chefy and appealing.
The finished result is 5 pots of refreshing healthy desserts!
Yes I know there are only four desserts in this picture but that is because I ate one of them LOL. But hey – remember they contain no fat and no sugar (other than what is in the fruit) and so no harm no fowl!
I personally used blackberry and strawberry jelly with blackberries and seedless grapes as my fruit. But you can choose what ever fruit or jelly flavour you prefer remembering not to use fruit which is too acidic as this could affect the setting of your mixture.
Another tip I would give is to test the sweetness or sourness of your fruit before you add it as this can affect the outcome in terms of taste.
So there you have it. A healthy refreshing dessert which you can easily make. (Having frozen my fruit the night before the whole thing took me about 15 minutes to make this morning and I used 2 sachets of jelly powder thus making 10 individual desserts) and which come in very handy in the hot weather when you just fancy something light, refreshing and sweet.
The added bonus being that I am pretty sure kids will enjoy them just as much and additionally you are actively doing something that will benefit you in your fight to lose weight!
I hope you give it a go and I hope you enjoy them!