Do you have a sweet tooth but want to cut out all those processed, bad-for-you desserts? Then read on and get your butt to the grocery store!
Many “healthy” berry desserts are loaded with processed sugar and other unwanted ingredients. This dish is sweet and tart, and it won’t leave you feeling guilty.
We all know berries are superfoods, so why not eat more of them? Compared with other fruits, they’re relatively low in sugar and rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids, which may help prevent some forms of cancer.
One cup of strawberries gives you over 100 milligrams of vitamin C for only 53 calories. Blueberries have less C, but are loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyesight sharp.
Cardamom, the queen of spices, has been used for centuries in India as a tea and powerful spice in dessert dishes. It also has medicinal properties, and is prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners as a digestive aid for indigestion, flatulence, and diarrhea, to heartburn and nausea. Other uses include headaches, halitosis (chronic bad breath), congestion, and detoxification.
Mint is good for you too! No, I’m not talking about the mint-like-substance that’s in your gum, ice cream, or toothpaste; I’m talking about the plant that you tear with your fingers and add to your food or tea. Not only does it make your breath fresh and food yummy, but it can also help with respiratory disorders by opening up the sinuses, throat, and lungs. According to organicfacts.net, mint oil is an effective antiseptic and treats pimples, infections, and itching. Like cardamom, it’s also good for headaches, nausea, and digestion.
What you’ll need (serves two hungry healthy people)
- 1 pound strawberries
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 large sprig mint
- 1 pinch ground cardamom
- 3 tbs. balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbs. agave or honey
- 1 pinch salt and pepper
Easy prep for lazy health nuts:
- Rinse all berries thoroughly in cold water and place in large container
- Quarter strawberries or cut to desired shape/size
- Roughly tear mint leaves and add to container
- Mix vinegar, agave, cardamom, salt, and pepper and pour over berries and mint
- Gently toss ingredients until dressing is mixed throughout
- Garnish with additional mint leaves and cardamom powder
Remember to eat mindfully. Don’t distract yourself with other tasks while enjoying your creation. While you’re chewing, think about all the different flavors and textures, and the benefits you’re receiving from these beautiful foods.
Buy organic! It’s worth the small amount of extra money for your health. According to organic.org, buying organic produce reduces if not eliminates the toxic load of chemicals and farm pollution. It’s beneficial to soil, water, and local habitat, and safer for people who harvest the food. Also, organic products don’t contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH).
So tell me, what’s your favorite healthy dessert?