Celebrity Chef Shares Holiday Milk-Based Dessert Recipes, Each Under 200 Calories

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The flavors of tradition can be enjoyed this holiday without the guilt thanks to the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), the creator of GOT MILK?  The CMPB has partnered with Certified Nutritionist and Author Chef LaLa to give Californians a merrier reason to celebrate in this season of festivities: traditional desserts for under 200 calories a serving.

 From hot chocolate, to gelatins to custards, milk binds the treats together to provide a rich, creamy goodness that people have come expect from holiday desserts.  So go ahead, gather around the table with friends and family; this holiday season, you can have your "cake" and eat it, too!  

"Holiday treats can pack in a lot of calories, sometimes even up to 1,000 a serving," says the nationally acclaimed chef.  "I want families to know that there are ways to prepare foods, even desserts, on the lighter side without sacrificing taste."

Chef LaLa, one of the biggest advocates of healthy cooking, especially with Latino cuisine, has adapted recipes to some holiday favorites, which can be found exclusively on www.gotmilk.com/recipes.  They include:

>> Raspberry and Milk Gelatin – Inspired by the colors of the season, this holiday treat is made with fresh raspberries, mint, yogurt, gelatin, vanilla pudding and plenty of low fat milk.  Perfect for any gathering, this Raspberry and Milk Gelatin is guilt-free at only 109 calories per serving.

>> Cinnamon Custard and Pomegranate – At only 145 calories per serving, its subtle hint of warm cinnamon and vanilla mixed with low fat milk evoke the warmth of the season.  Topped with pomegranate seeds, this dessert is sure to be a hit with the young and young at heart.

>> Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate – Made with low fat milk, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, sugar and a dash of ground cayenne pepper for a little kick, this comforting and traditional treat in the Latino community is at 133 calories per serving.

"LaLa's festive milk-based desserts are a perfect way cap off any holiday celebration," says Steve James, CMPB executive director.  "We all know that milk is great for building strong bones and teeth.  But chefs like LaLa can also attest that it is a key ingredient in any holiday cooking."

For Chef LaLa's milk-based dessert recipes made exclusively for GOT MILK?, visit www.gotmilk.com/recipes.