Ah, dessert. The delicious, sweet treat that comes at the end of a meal. At Alexis Diner, we offer a great variety of dessert items that tempt, tease, and delight our customers, allowing them to indulge in the deliciousness of sweet goodness. But these desserts are just extra calories, right? Not so fast! Keep reading to find out about how these tasty desserts from Alexis Diner in New Jersey can offer some health benefits!
- Calcium. All right ice cream lovers, this one’s for you! Ice cream, made of milk and cream, is a decent source of calcium. Just like the milk it is made of, it provides important calcium and vitamin D that can strengthen bones and help to prevent osteoporosis.
- Vitamin C. Love that key lime pie or lemon meringue? Most citrus fruits are great sources of vitamin C, and these are no exceptions. We use real fruit juice wherever possible instead of just some boring old flavoring, which not only makes our foods taste fantastic, it gives you the vitamins of those fruits in a sweet little dose.
- Antioxidants. Chocolate fans, here’s your benefit! Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, provides antioxidants that can help protect against free radicals and oxidation.
- Energy. By now you’re probably shaking your head. Are all these nutrients really worth the sugar and calories? Depending on your diet, they might be! Carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates like sugar, can give you a much-needed energy boost. In fact, that’s why you often crave sweets when you’re tired! A slice of pie might just be better than a cup of coffee for that mid-afternoon slump—or have both!
- Serotonin. This chemical is produced naturally, and helps to regulate sleep, wakefulness, and a wide variety of other biological functions. Certain anti-depressants actually work by regulating the amount of serotonin in your brain. What else promotes serotonin? An indulgent dessert! Humans love eating sweets because they actually make us feel better—especially when we’re not guilty about them. Even more, recognizing these indulgences as a part of a healthy and varied diet can lead to better dietary adherence and enjoyment of life!
Did you know your dessert could do all that? While we don’t recommend eating dessert all the time for these limited benefits, feel free to treat yourself once in a while. The key to dessert, as in all areas of life, is moderation!