3 creative desserts

Add tahini to your cake.

Whether it's a slice of cake or a bowl of fruit, dessert can help round out a balanced diet. You'll savor a dessert made with the best ingredients you can find far more than something that's available to you all the time, like lower-calorie ice creams, says Katzie Guy-Hamilton, director of food and beverage at Equinox.

Next time you're looking for something sweet, try these three healthy options.

Cotton Candy Grapes
This fruit varietal tastes like the festival staple, but still offers all the fiber and B vitamins of regular grapes.

Tahini Cake
Unexpected ingredients, like the tahini in this cake, add a depth of flavor, healthy fats, and vitamins B and C. Coconut oil, honey, and spices add sweetness without going overboard.

Chia Pots
Made with a base of chia pudding, these layered Saffron and Lime Chia Pots provide protein from Greek yogurt and antioxidants from raspberries.