Did you know...

it's National Dessert Day! I think we all know by now there is a day for everything, including desserts! If you are preparing for a pageant or just trying to stay healthy, desserts probably seem few and far between. It can be tough if you have a sweet tooth, but here are some great options when you just need a little something.

I am an ice cream fanatic! I can't get enough, unfortunately dairy is one of the big culprits of belly fat, so when I'm training I skip the dairy and go for bananas.

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

This famous quote from the movie Shrek sums up our  next dessert, "You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, 'Let's get some parfait,' they say, 'Hell no, I don't like no parfait.'? Parfaits are delicious!" 

Parfaits can be a healthy dessert option if you go for non-fat and use greek yogurt to make it even more packed with protein.

Pineapple Raspberry Parfaits

Dates are loaded with fiber. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, just one pitted date contains 1.6 g of fiber, or 6 percent of the recommended daily intake. Fiber is known for its ability to help lower cholesterol and fight and prevent obesity, heart disease and colorectal cancer. The November 2008 issue of "Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition" reports that the fiber in dates is primarily insoluble fiber, which binds to fat and cholesterol and carries it out of the body. (livestrong.com) 

I love dates, they're sweet and chewy, and are delicious in these Pecan Date Bars.

Pecan Date Bars

Enjoy! In moderation of course. :)