Frosty the Snowball Recipe
A Tasty Holiday Diet Treat

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

This recipe is Diet Friendly and delicious!  It's also ultra easy.

You'll want to purchase an angel food cake that has a hole in the center so that you can fill it with the fresh, healthy fruit.

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Besides the angel food cake you will also need the following ingredients to prepare this holiday recipe:

1 extra large tub of low fat whipped topping
assorted fresh fruit and a lemon

Optional: 1 Tablespoon of Rum or Vanilla Extract; a few packs of Splenda or Equal; a bit of powdered dark chocolate or milk chocolate cocoa, ground cinnamon, sugar crystals of any color, powdered sugar or ground nutmeg.

Carefully mix the Tablespoon of extract with the thawed whipped topping. Set cake on a serving plate. Carefully 'frost' the cake.

Slice the assorted fruit and use the juice from the lemon to coat it well, so that the fruit doesn't turn dark.

Toss the fruit with the packets of Splenda or Equal and carefully spoon into the center of the cake (where the hole is).  Garnish with a fine dusting of either cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, color sugar or some powdered sugar.

This is a very beautiful holiday cake that can really wow party goers - and as you can see, it is very simple to prepare. As the cake is cut, a little fruit should be spooned on top. More low fat topping can be used for the fruit if desired.

Pretty fruits that work well with this recipe include the following mixes based on flavor and color combinations:

- strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, dark red cherries and sliced banana

- mango, sliced banana, pineapple, coconut and papaya

- watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew melon;  use both yellow and red meat watermelons if you wish

- kiwi, sliced banana, strawberries, peaches, pears and apples

Weight Loss Tip for Cakes

We have a fun little assignment for you the next time that you visit your market. When you visit the grain section of the store - and this is where flour, cornmeal - as well as sugar and desserts are also sold, pick your favorite container of frosting from the shelf. View the nutrition label and look at the caloric values of the frosting.

Next, view the amount of servings per container - as well as the recommended serving size. Generally, it's a Tablespoon or two and can contain 120 to over 220 calories per serving.

Generally, a small container of frosting contains about 12 servings.

However, if you have ever frosted a cake - then you know that the large container barely covers a double-layer cake.

Often there isn't enough even in the larger container of frosting to add some to the middle of the layers.

We say this to emphasize that if you use more frosting, think about those caloric values start to add up. In addition, while you are viewing the nutrition label, look at the dietary fat contained in the product.

There will be a total for fat grams, then saturated and Trans fat grams will also be noted.

The more saturated and Trans fat within the product, the more naughty that product is for your weight loss plan.

Now let's look at the nutrition label for a cake mix that will go well with your frosting. Again, look at the caloric values.

You may be shocked to discover that the tiny amount of frosting contains more calories than an entire slice of cake - or pretty close to the caloric amount of the cake.

This is why cakes that contain no frosting work best for dieters. This allows the dieter to enjoy the sweet treat without going overboard on their caloric totals.

While our low calorie whipped topping substitutes well for frosting, there are other effective and tasty methods for adding beauty and a little extra oomph to your cake; you can sprinkle the top of the cake with powdered sugar - and even use a see-through subject to create your designs.

You can also spread fruit preserves on top of the cake. While these are very high in caloric values, they are still leaner in calories because only the top of the cake gets spread.

Continue to think of other methods that you can use to save calories where frosting and heavy icings for your cakes come into play. This will allow you to enjoy a dessert without the guilt.


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