Beauty Is in the Pie of the Beholder

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Are you ready to celebrate pie season? With their rich smell and flaky crust, pies are a holiday essential! 

Celebrate a new approach to homemade pie, one that still embraces holiday flavors and warmth, with these healthy swaps and tips: 

  • Crust:
    • Go nuts! Add a helping of nuts, like almonds, pecans, or peanuts, to your flour for more fiber and protein.
    • Substitute for phyllo dough. Phyllo dough provides a classic, airy crunch while also being lower in fat than traditional buttery crusts. 
    • Mix in Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream to your pie crust instead of butter, lard, or shortening. 
    • Forget the top layer of crust and make it a delicious tart! 
  • Filling:
    • Sweeten things up by adding fresh fruit instead of additional sugar. 
    • Spice things up with additional spices and citrus zest for more taste without added sugar. Spices and zest pair perfectly with your favorite fruit or nut filling – cinnamon with apples, ginger with peaches, or nutmeg with berries. 

For the perfect compromise for pie lovers, try this delicious mixed berry pie recipe from the American Diabetes Association website at: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/cookbook-recipes/mixed-berry-pie-with-phyllo-crust.html

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