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!!
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.