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Heart Month: Heart-healthy desserts

Posted on February 23 2012

As you continue to update your grocery lists with the best foods for your heart (and maybe taking it easy on the salt, fats and sugars), reward yourself by picking up ingredients for these heart-healthy desserts after a day of healthy meals and snacks. Heart-healthy desserts: Almond biscottiAlmond and lemon biscotti dipped in white chocolate This low-fat, low-calorie and low-sodium dessert is perfect for an evening in with the family or as a dish to wow your guests. This simple to follow recipe is great for any beginning biscotti makers, but for those who have taken reducing their sodium intake to heart, you can cut the amount of salt or eliminate it completely. Heart healthy desserts, taste good, Heart Month, chocolate cakeGlazed chocolate pumpkin bundt cake In case you are already starting to miss the taste of pumpkin after the holiday season, this chocolate and pumpkin dessert will cure your craving! Although the recipe calls for light corn syrup, you can easily replace it with natural agave or honey if you prefer. For better storage, bake the mix as cupcakes to avoid staleness after slicing. Baked apples with cherries and almonds Heart-healthy desserts, Heart month, healthy and delicious, baked Beware of food allergies with this heart-healthy dessert, or consider alternatives to walnuts and wheat germ. Wheat germ, which is the most vitamin- and mineral-rich portion of the wheat kernel, can be replaced with rice bran for those on a gluten-free diet since cornmeal will make the dessert especially heavy. We also recommend organic apples to reduce your chemical intake. Chewy oatmeal raisin cookies Heart Month, heart-healthy desserts, healthy oatmeal The best part about this recipe is what you can substitute! If you aren't the biggest fan of raisins, even though they are both cholesterol- and fat-free and an excellent source of potassium, you can substitute in healthy nuts, other dried fruit or even a small amount of chocolate. No pressure though, these cookies are delicious as is! Chocolate angel food cake It's always good to have a classic dessert in your arsenal, and this chocolate angel food cake has the stamp of approval from the American Heart Association - it doesn't get more heart-healthy than that! Ingredients: 16-ounce package angel food cake mix 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup frozen fat-free or light whipped topping, thawed (optional) 4 cups fresh raspberries (optional) Directions: In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cake mix, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Prepare the cake using the package directions. To serve, top each slice of cake with a dollop of whipped topping and raspberries. Heart Month, heart-healthy angel food cake, healthy dessertsDietary Information (per serving): (Without whipped topping and raspberries) Nutrient Analysis Serves 16; 1 slice per serving Calories: 108 Protein: 3 g Carbohydrates: 24 g Total fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Fiber: 1 g Sodium: 169 mg

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