Outsmart Your Sweet Tooth

Try These healthier alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth during that next sugary craving!  Enjoy the flavors without the unhealthy-ness! 

Honey-Yogurt Dip-Mix 8 ounces of vanilla yogurt with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Use it as a dip with fresh, in-season fruit.

Chocolate Apples-Melt a quarter cup of dark-chocolate chips in the microwave and enjoy it as a dip with sliced fresh apples. (You can dip any of your favorite fruits.)

Hawaiian Smoothie-Whip together one cup of skim milk and a half cup each frozen strawberries and crushed pineapple (canned in juice and drained). Stir in a few teaspoons of shredded coconut.

Strawberries and pineapple make a great smoothie.

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Fruit Pizza!

Try this delectable fruit pizza recipe from Real Mom Kitchen!  

Fruit Pizza

Crust:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk

Glaze: (optional)

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water

Topping:

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1 (8 oz. ) container Cool Whip
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Also need assorted fruits to top the pizza.  Be creative – strawberries, grapes, kiwi, mandarin oranges, raspberries, blackberries, pineapple, peaches, apples, blueberries

For the crust: Blend sugar, shortening, and vanilla well. Add egg and beat until smooth.  Add dry ingredients alternately with the milk until dough is formed.  Chill dough for 1 hour.  Spray an 13-14 inch pizza pan with cooking spray.  Press dough into pizza pan.  Use a round glass to help even and flatten out the dough.  Bake at 350 degress for 10-12 minutes or until the edges get light golden in color.  Allow crust to cool.

For the glaze: Prepare this while the crust cools.  Mix ingredients in a sauce pan and cook for about 4 minutes, just until it begins to thicken.  Allow to cool.

For the topping: In a large bowl, blend ingredients with a mixer until nice and smooth.

To assemble the pizza: Spread the topping onto the cooled crust, leaving 1/2-1 inch of the edge of the crust uncovered.  Arrange fruit over pizza in desired pattern.  This is the fun part.  If using the glaze: take a pastry brush and gently brush glaze over fruit.  This helps to preserve the fruit. Make sure none of it gets on the exposed crust or it will make the crust soggy.  Depending on the fruit you use, you can do this the night before.  I do know the bananas and apples don’t work to make it the night before.

Variations: Instead of the glaze, drizzle fruit with melted chocolate.

Instead of fruit topping you can use canned pie filling.