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Being healthy doesn't have to mean missing out on decadent holiday desserts. Our recipes pack some surprising health benefits to help you enjoy your favorite treats guilt-free.
These vibrant cupcakes don't need artificial dyes to give them their red hue. Beets add the perfect coloring and pack manganese and potassium. They're also full of folate, a B vitamin that is essential for producing and repairing DNA and may play a role in cancer protection.
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These biscotti make great gifts for everyone on your list. Ginger is full of antioxidant compounds and at just 60 calories per cookie, you can satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the belt.
Fruit is a great healthy go-to for dessert. Research has shown that diets high in fruit may help protect against certain cancers, including mouth, esophageal, lung and stomach. Use a little dark chocolate for an extra boost of antioxidants.
Our apple pie recipe is a staff favorite. It cuts down on sugar and butter and adds nutrition with fresh apples and a whole wheat pie crust. Apples are full of quercetin, a compound that shows anti-inflammatory properties.
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Be bold with this unique brownie recipe. Pureed black beans replace butter and excess oil and add fiber to this classic dessert. AICR's expert report and its updates link fiber to lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Even the pickiest members of our tasting group loved them!
Pears are one of the season's most succulent fruits, with fiber and vitamin C. This recipe uses a low-fat chocolate sauce for added decadence without the added guilt.
For more information on the science, tips and more recipes:
Foods that Fight Cancer
Holiday Recipes from the AICR Test Kitchen
Healthy Treats for Holiday Gifting
Tips for Holiday Health
Published on September 5, 2014
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