Living a healthy life is a major theme in my life — and my family’s life — these days. It wasn’t long ago that I had a hard time meshing my recipe development and my desire to be healthy. In fact, I struggled with it for a long time. Wanting to create good, tasty, craveworthy recipes just seemed to clash with wanting to be thin and feel good. I couldn’t figure out how to make them work together …
But then a few months ago, I had an epiphany. Actually, it was more of a mind shift. I managed to shake myself loose from the idea that to be good, a recipe needed to be built without calories or fat in mind. Man, was I wrong. And once I wrapped my head around that, I was able to start developing, cooking and writing about foods the way that I really want to eat.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I have been thinking a lot about what to make and serve. Ultimately, I don’t want to abandon our hard-fought changes for any one day, so I am taking a healthy approach to the whole thing … even dessert.
I’m not exactly sure what we’ll be having yet … but I think one of these desserts could be the perfect fit.
10 Waist-Friendly Desserts for Valentine’s Day
- Strawberry Kiwi Fool on Sarah’s Cucina Bella
- Vanilla Mousse with Blueberry Strawberry Sauce (photo here) on Sarah’s Cucina Bella
- Watermelon Granita on Sarah’s Cucina Bella (if you can locate good watermelon)
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries on Sarah’s Cucina Bella
- Low Carb Cherry Cheesecake on Kalyn’s Kitchen
- Strawberry Pazzo on Sweetnicks
- Low-fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar on In Good Taste
- Roasted Peaches with Goat Cheese and Honey on Eat. Live. Run.
- Guilt-Free Panna Cotta on Cooking with Amy
P.S. I had the most lovely surprise this morning. My former editor, Helen Bennett Harvey, featured my blog on her vegetarian-themed New Haven Register blog, Vegging Out. She said the sweetest things … but I encourage you to read her other insightful posts that are sure to get you thinking about your food choices. Thank you so much, Helen!!