Silver and Gold Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 20 FOOD + recipes HEALTHY DESSERTS – By Jackie Fernandez, RHN M any nutritionists advise we shouldn’t be endulging in desserts, especially after a meal, but I have often disagreed! I tell my patients that as long as it’s not done on a daily basis, it’s okay to have a little something on the sweet side. Like when you’re having company over, or celebrating your family Sunday supper. Just make it count, make it healthy, make sure it’s a nutritional food and not just empty calories of doughy processed sugar and fried buttery fats. Take this strawberry-banana smoothie for example: It’s so healthy I would even recommend it for breakfast! The key is to be sensible and make each ingredient count! 5-minute Healthy Smoothie In a “Bullet” or Blender, add the ingredients below and blend until smooth (makes enough for 2 people). 1 Cup crushed ice 1 Cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk 1 Cup fresh strawberries or raspberries 2 bananas, cut in chunks 1 Tbsp. Chia seeds 1 Tbsp. Hemp seeds 1 Tbsp. maple syrup (or you may omit if your bananas are ripe!) 2 Tbsp. Hemp protein (incredibly healthy and good quality protein! Available at your local supermarket in the supplements isle). Banana Peach Cake (Gluten-Free!) 1-1/3 Cup gluten-free flour mix (if you don’t mind regular flour, substitute for whole wheat flour) 2 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp. salt 2 eggs 1/3 Cup coconut oil, melted 2 ripe bananas, mashed 1/3 Cup pure maple syrup 2 tsp. vanilla extract 3 ripe peaches, sliced to 1/2” thickness (or you may also use pears, cranberries, raspberries, etc.) 20 Click for more articles + recipes: Preheat oven to 350°F Grease and flour a 9” springform pan Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix all wet ingredients except the peaches. Add wet ingredients to the dry ones, and mix well until blended. Pour into prepared pan and place sliced peaches on top. Place pan on centre rack of oven and bake for about 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean. Serve warm! HEALTHY ENOUGH FOR BREAKFAST!