Holidays can be challenging when it comes to eating healthy, especially when you consider dessert. Pumpkin pie for example seems healthy — it’s made from a vegetable, right? However, with that flaky crust and rich pumpkin filling, even this “healthy” choice has 260 calories and 11 grams of fat (for a small 1/6 of a frozen pie, 4.4oz). Add to that a little whipped topping (25 calories and 1.5g of fat- if you only use 2 TBSP) and you realize that it might put you over your calorie budget (if you have one)…especially if you have to try “just a bite” of all of the other dessert options.
When you are trying to be good and watch what you eat but still want to enjoy something sweet and festive, try this simple recipe that can be made ahead. If you compare the basic ingredients of this recipe to the fine print on the labels of that frozen pie and “whipped topping”, you’ll see that we’ve avoided high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. It is surprising where they manage to hide that stuff! This only takes a few minutes to make and if you want, you can also make only the “pumpkin layer” and use it as a dip for fresh apple slices.
In addition to nutrition, the pomegranate arils add a gratifying “crunch” to this dish without adding as much fat as nuts or other options.