Healthy Recipes: Desserts & Drinks

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Jenn’s Negrone

This might look like a Shirley Temple, but it packs a punch with the gin! If you want to make a lighter version, cut the portion in half and top with club soda.


Winters in New York City can be unfriendly with frigid winds and sudden snowstorms. I remedy the conditions by making my favorite hot, holiday drink, Glühwein. My friend Sonja gave me this version of classic German recipes – it is a great way to start a party: sweet and warm, it goes down so easily on a cold, icy night.

Dulce de Leche

This gooey milk caramel is a South American favorite! It’s low-fat but caloric, so use it sparingly. I top low-fat cupcakes or serve it for dessert with apple and pineapple wedges.

Poached Fruit

I sampled this recipe when I was staying at Mrs. Bhanjara’s Guest House located in Amritsar, India. It’s a healthy winter dessert and a great way to enjoy unripe fruit during the winter months. My recipe calls for cinnamon leaves, sometimes referred to as ‘Indian bay leaves’.

Mousse au Chocolat

Most folks think a great chocolate mousse comes from whipped cream or by adding some dairy product, but the richest mousses I’ve tasted are made by using top notch, dark melted chocolate. This version was gifted to me from a French classmate from college.

Ginger Mint Iced Tea

Iced tea is my favorite summer drink because it’s refreshing without being too sweet and has plenty of antioxidants for healthy summer skin. Tuck in a sliced ripe peach or a handful of berries to get an extra serving of fruit for the day.

Concord Grape Pie

This is one of the most unique family recipes I have. I’ve never seen or tasted it anywhere except for in my Granny’s kitchen. My granny had a small grape arbor, covered with concord grapes and fuzzy yellow bumble bees that were attracted to the honeyed scent. Every September she would pick the grapes to make jams, juice, and pies. When I serve it, people think it’s blueberry pie but are really surprised by the intoxicating grapey first bite!

Grapefruit Sorbet

Grapefruit is so refreshing in the summer and this is the perfect dessert! Citrus zest can guard against skin cancer so while you’re cooling yourself with this chilly treat you can also be protecting that gorgeous tanned skin! Great for summer parties, the sorbet can be prepared three days in advance.