My mom called me today. She heard another story on the radio about the country’s obesity epidemic and is taking matters into her own hands. Meaning no dessert at her house any more. Or, if you want it, you have to make it yourself. From a fine selection of fruit, fresh and frozen, that will be provided.
Despite the fact that my family, in general, is far from being a contributing factor to the national crisis – we are, or are becoming, a family of fairly health conscious marathon runners – I understand the feeling of not wanting to be part of the problem. In any way. Now, or ever. And I especially understand wanting to instill healthful habits in the younger generation – the grandchildren. My children.
We chatted for a couple of minutes about ways to give people the feeling of having dessert without so much of the fat and sugar that are common to traditional desserts. Smoothies, I said. With greek yogurt. It’s almost like a milkshake, only . . . healthier. Or banana ice cream. With cocoa powder or peanut butter if you want to something a little more indulgent (although I certainly wouldn’t be above topping with some homemade hot fudge sauce). Maybe a fruit crumble for special occasions?
But I’m wondering what else there is out there. Do you have any more ideas for my mom? Of course, there are things like black bean brownies, or black bean chocolate cake which, I would argue, contain enough nutritional value to counteract the evils of “dessert.” What do you turn to when you’re trying to cut back on sweets, but you need something . . . sweet?