You've probably heard a lot about the concept of nutrient-dense foods-that is, those with the biggest bang for their calorie buck. Now, it's all well and good to make a lunch filled with fiber, antioxidants, and superfoods; but is the idea of a nutrient-dense dessert pie in the sky?
Not at all! The key is in substituting fresh and dried fruits for refined sweeteners; using healthier fats in whole-food form; and bumping up protein, antioxidants, and fiber. And plenty of everyday offerings such as Brazil nuts, beans, cranberries, sweet potatoes, flax seeds, and yogurt are rich in the nutrients you need.
The following recipes are a yummy way to indulge your sweet tooth while still nourishing your body. And because they're free of refined sugar and flour, these tasty treats won't derail your diet.