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Is your favorite part of Thanksgiving the dessert? We got you covered.
3 Thanksgiving COPD Desserts for the Sweet Tooth
Although Thanksgiving only comes once a year, many of us eat like it’s our last day on Earth. And for many, dessert is often the best course. For those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, finding a healthy dessert that doesn’t pack on the calories or cause symptoms to flare is always a struggle.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and #COPDAwarenessMonth, the Lung Institute has compiled an all-star list of healthy Thanksgiving desserts that taste great without the guilt.
- Cherry Bread Pudding
With a low shelf-life, cherries are gone before you know it. But whether consumed with a drink or in a dessert, cherries are known for their healthy qualities such as their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Whether sweet or sour cherries, their health benefits make them a unique and nutritious addition to the Thanksgiving table.
- 1 (8-oz.) French bread loaf, cut into 1-inch pieces
- Vegetable cooking spray
- 2 cups fat-free milk
- ½ (12-oz.) can fat-free evaporated milk
- ¾ cup no-calorie sweetener
- ¾ cup egg substitute
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Can of Cherry Sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bread pieces in 6 (8-oz.) ramekins coated with cooking spray. Place ramekins on a baking sheet.
- Whisk together milk and next 8 ingredients until blended. Pour milk mixture over blended. Pour milk mixture over bread in ramekins; let stand 30 minutes, pressing bread to absorb mixture after 15 minutes.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Spoon cherry sauce over bread pudding.
- Broiled Banana Splits
Bananas are perhaps the most popular tropical fruit in the U.S., and for good reason. Bananas are known for their incredibly high levels of potassium and fiber, as well as magnesium and vitamins C and B6. Used in such irresistible dishes as banana flavored ice-cream, banana pudding, and bananas Foster, the banana can be a staple of anyone’s healthy diet.
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 4 banana halves
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- ¼ cup cinnamon sugar
- ½ cup frozen yogurt
- ¼ cup toasted almonds
- Mix brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
- Brush banana halves with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
- Wrap in foil and broil until golden for 3 minutes.
- Top with frozen yogurt and toasted almonds.
- Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Oh the Pumpkin Pie! Perhaps the most iconic food item of Thanksgiving cuisine, second only to the turkey. Not everyone knows that the pumpkin is extremely beneficial to one’s health, aiding weight-loss, reducing the risk of cancer, and boosting the immune system. A healthy pumpkin pie recipe, enjoyed in moderation, can be a healthy dessert choice.
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
- 1 (14 ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
- Preheat oven to 425F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.
We hope you find these recipes useful as well as tasty. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or any lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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