If your family's sweet tooth is at odds with its nutrient and calorie needs, why not prepare a nutritious dessert to round out the diet.
"Plan desserts using one or more foods from the four food groups--milk, meat, vegetables and fruits, or breads and cereals--as a main ingredient," says Susan Magrann, registered dietitian and consulting nutritionist for the Dairy Council of California.
Sources of Calcium and Protein
"For example, custard and bread or rice puddings, all of which have milk as the main ingredient, are rich in calcium and protein. These desserts make good use of leftover rice and bread and can be microwaved in a matter of minutes.
"Or concentrate on fruits for Vitamin C and fiber and fix a baked apple, filled with raisins and covered with a little orange juice, cinnamon and a teaspoon of butter. Take advantage of your microwave to shorten the cooking time," Magrann says.