Sweet holiday treats that are actually good for you.

Sweet holiday treats that are actually good for you

Cranberry-Pear Icebox Pies with Nut Crust

You've been hearing a lot about the concept of nutrient-dense foods—that is, those with the biggest bang for their calorie buck. Now, it's all well and fine to make lunch filled with fiber, antioxidants, and super foods; but is the idea of a nutrient-dense dessert pie in the sky?

Not at all! The key is in substituting fresh and dried fruits for refined sweeteners; using healthier fats in whole-food form; and bumping up protein, antioxidants, and fiber. You don't have to add expensive (and sometimes hard to get) superfoods like chia seeds, goji berries, or hemp seeds. Plenty of everyday offerings like Brazil nuts, beans, cranberries, sweet potatoes, flax seeds, and yogurt are rich in the nutrients you need.

Try some of these truly nutritious offerings (but remember, they're still dessert, so eat them accordingly). Some of our favorites:

Recipe for Cranberry-Pear Icebox Pie with Nut Crust

Recipe forFudgy Brownies

Recipe for Almost-Raw Pistachio Biscotti

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