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Healthy Winter Desserts

When the temperature drops we seem to drop our healthy life choices along, spending too much time indoors or lacking energy during winter is probably the main suspect behind our growing waistlines, but always remember that there are healthier snacks that you can replace your sugar loaded, empty calories with! These are some of the snacks that you can try this winter for a remorse-free, nutritious and energizing diet.

 

Baked Apple

 

 

Baked apples:
Apples are nature’s candy and they make a savory, guilt-free snack, follow these simple steps to make the best starch-free apple pie:

Ingredients:

4 green or red apples.

½ cup brown sugar.

Butter.

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

Your choice of nuts or dried fruits.

  • Preheat the oven to 175 C degrees.
  • Scoop out the core from top of the apple, leaving a well. Do not cut all the way through. Stuff each apple with 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon butter. Place in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon, then you can add your choice of dried fruits or nuts for an extra flavor.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until sugar begins to caramelize and apples are tender.
  •  You can use foil to keep your apples moist, bake and clean easily afterwards.

 

Caramelized Pears

 

 

Caramel spiced pears:
This recipe is perfect for satisfying your sweet-tooth, you can serve it with ice cream, flavored yogurt or just plain greek yogurt.

Ingredients per 6 servings:

3 ripe but firm pears cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons granulated or light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Pinch of salt

  • Toss pears with lemon juice in a medium bowl. Melt butter in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat; stir in the pears. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring once halfway through, for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile combine sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in a small bowl. After 10 minutes, stir the sugar mixture into the pears. Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until the pears are tender and glazed, 4 to 6 minutes, depending on the type and firmness of the pears. Serve warm.

 

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