So here is the thing. In less than two weeks I’m heading for an extended weekend in Vegas for the first time in my life! No, I’m not 21, and its not a bachelorette party (I wish!). We are going to have a proper adult Vegas experience with great restaurants, shows, sightseeing and maybe a club and a casino squeezed in somewhere, but mostly I’m looking forward to the pool parties! Heard, read, dreamed about them and now I will finally experience them first hand. And this means for these last two weeks before the trip I’m on the “Vegas diet”. I have to look my absolute Vegas fabulous in my bikini, and I’m willing to sacrifice a few delights here and there to accomplish that goal. Now, of course, I’m already on paleo style diet as a lifestyle, so to many this is one never ending sacrifice. But since you are here, on my ‘healthy recipe blog’ and reading this ‘healthy dessert post’ I’m guessing you understand where I’m coming from. Yes, No? Maybe? Anyhow…in my paleo eating way, I rarely have any “bad” carbs anyways, but on occasion I might sneak in a pastry or some other not so healthy dessert..but none of that for the next little while. Which for me is pretty tough. My sweet tooth is still there, and although, I’ve been gratifying it with mostly paleo friendly, healthier desserts for several years now, I still have my cravings for certain sweet tasting goodies.
Thankfully for me, there are many healthy dessert options that can be very satisfying. One of them is this Balsamic Vinegar Caramelized Figs dessert, that is simple and straightforward in its making and is a perfect treat for the summer, or for whenever you are craving something light and fruity.
I first tried figs in Greece, and since then I’ve been a big fan. Figs are naturally sweet and are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure. Figs are also an excellent source of dietary fiber that has a positive effect on weight management by promoting fullness and digestion. So, in moderation (figs do have high calorie count), figs have tons of potential health benefits and are great as a natural, high in fiber dessert alternative.
Paired with pine nuts, poached caramelized figs obtain almost woody flavour that is deep and sophisticated. Honey sweetened, orange scented syrup is perfectly balanced by Balsamic vinegar. Something tells me this low carb dessert will present well at an elegant dinner set-up. And you are feeling extra festive, add a touch of Grand Marnier orange-flavored liquor to the syrup – it will take it to a whole other level.
Stay tuned for my report from Vegas;) I’ll make sure to snap a selfie or two at the pool party
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