Finally, healthy Christmas goodies; sweet solution for holiday

Sep 28, 2007 at 9:29 p.m. ET

Have those holiday treats without the carbs weighing you down.

If making homemade goodies is one of your favorite holiday activities, but don't want to push your family off the healthy-eating wagon, there may be a sweet solution for this common problem.

The new book Low-Carb Sweets and the Art of Self-Indulgence is bursting with desserts ranging from Brownie Fudge Pie to Cranberry Nut Bread and the best news is there isn't a drop of flour or sugar in any of the treats.

In fact, most of the goodies are so loaded with protein and fiber, one could consider them a healthy meal. (For example, a handy Christmas brunch waffle has more protein than two eggs and twice the fiber of two pieces of toast.)

The best news is that these indulgences are not only delicious but contain less than 5 grams of carbohydrates. This is an extraordinary feat, considering that a regular piece of chocolate cake can contain more than 60 grams of carbohydrates.

Some of these recipes are so low on the glycemic scale that they proved to be safe and didn't spike sugar levels when tested by diabetics.

The groundbreaking book is the creation of former health columnist, Sharon Allbright, who professes to loving desserts, but wasn't willing to accept the weight gain, blood sugar plunges or guilt associated with her indulgences.

Four years later and two dress sizes smaller, she published the cookbook that has already jumped to the top 10 in its category and is one of the top selling books in health food stores. "These recipes are not only simple to make but also time-friendly," Allbright says. In fact, the Macadamia Fudge can be put together in less than five minutes, in case of an emergency "chocoholic attack!"

The second segment of this unique book, "The Art of Self Indulgence," came to light through the author's experiences with this seemingly utopian eating style. "It turns out that years of dieting can make one feel guilty eating sweets -- healthy or not," reports the new "Queen of Low Carbs."

Tips on breaking barriers of self-denial make this not only a soul-satisfying cookbook, but also a plan that can transform healthy eating into a "sweeter way of life."