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Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Tags: Vegetables | for | Dessert | comfort | food | veggies | dark

Healthy Holiday Desserts

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D. By Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:44 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

As the days get shorter, the temptation to eat comfort food increases, picking up a full head of steam through holiday dinners that serve up table-loads of sweet desserts. You know that added sugar and sugary syrups are big, bad food felons, guaranteed to damage your heart and brain, and cause premature wrinkling (crow's feet, too), decreased orgasm quality, and impotence. So, how about some new ingredients, ranging from sweet-tasting roasted root vegetables to leafy greens, for a sumptuous last course?

Online, you'll find recipes combining veggies and dark chocolate (in small doses, it's great for your heart and soul) — using avocados (for fudgsicles), beets (in a Bundt cake), and black beans (in brownies). Even more innovative? A 100 percent whole-wheat tomato cake with olive oil and cinnamon from the blog Love Food Eat. Superstar chefs also are climbing on this foodie trend: Mario Batali puts a little ricotta, pine nuts, and cinnamon on a cornmeal dessert pizza; Bobby Flay's bourbon barbecue sauce makes a great dip for crispy, oven-roasted kale chips; and there's the Barefoot Contessa's carrot walnut muffin (serve warm, skip the frosting, and make the flour 100 percent whole wheat).

So ramp up your veggie intake in a festive way this holiday season and, despite the chill in the air, take a brisk walk every day — hit 10,000 steps, no excuse. Grab a friend at the party and head out for some healthy quality time. Do this, and as the calendar turns a year older, you'll be feeling younger.

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


Adding beets to a Bundt cake or black beans to brownies are just a couple of ways of altering recipes with vegetables to make a healthier dessert.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:44 AM
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