Dessert At Last!

26 11 2013

It’s the final countdown to your Thanksgiving feast. Just 2 more days before the family joins you at the table to give thanks for the many

Cathy Shaw

Cathy Shaw

blessings you have had over the past year. Hopefully one of those blessings has been your good health, or an improvement in your health from making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. My blessings will be much the same as many. I will be thankful for the health of myself and my family, thankful that I have a loving family and many loving friends, and that my husband and I have been blessed with rewarding jobs that allow us to provide for our family as well as touch the lives of those in our local communities. It is truly a privilege to wake up each day and see the world around us.
In the last couple of weeks we have given you some great ideas on how to lighten up your Thanksgiving feast, allowing yourself to savor and enjoy your meal with family and friends, without overdoing it. So this week we are ending the Thanksgiving meal with everyone’s favorite, dessert! There are so many wonderful dessert recipes out there that it was really hard to choose what to post. Of course anything containing pumpkin always takes center stage. Have you ever tried a pumpkin pie without the crust? When you do, you may never eat it with the crust again. It really brings out the true flavor of the pumpkin itself and can either be made in a pie dish or separated into individual ramekins for a great, portion controlled treat. Fan of bread pudding? This dish can be modified to reduce the fat, yet still maintain the moist texture and warm and comforting goodness that is bread pudding. Gingerbread is also an alternative to rich cakes that gives you the spice and flavor of the season with less fat and sugar. Needing to go gluten free? Dates dipped in dark chocolate are a decadent way to end a meal. They are so rich and sweet, you need only one to satisfy your sweet tooth. Just follow the links below for some new dessert ideas.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie:

Pumpkin Bread Pudding:

Pumpkin Gingerbread:

Chocolate Dipped Dates courtesy of (This recipe calls for figs, but our Health Behavior Counselor, Nicole Martin, made these with dates and they were awesome! You can multiply the recipe for your crowd.) :

What will you bring for dessert this Thanksgiving? Please offer comments and let us know what’s on your table!

Happy Thanksgiving!




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