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Save Room For Dessert!
Whether you're counting calories and looking for something nutritious to satisfy your sweet tooth, or simply longing for something other than your usual bowl of ice cream, these low calorie desserts are for you. They taste great and can be served to anyone without apology (and with high expectations of success).
Too many people like that "healthy dessert" sounds like an oxymoron. But the collection of recipes here proves that desserts, when selected carefully and enjoyed in moderation, can absolutely be part of a healthy diet. An occasional sweet treat is no big deal, as long as you keep the portions of the dessert small and have an overall wholesome diet.
What Desserts Can Add to Your Diet
When choosing sweets, think about what the dessert can add to your diet, not just about what it doesn't have—too many calories, too much sugar, or too much fat. For example, the fresh fruit in desserts provides vitamins and fiber. Milk based desserts like pudding, provide calcium and protein.
Make Substitutions and Slash Sugars and Fats
Recipes are meant to be played with. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients. For example, substituting walnuts for pecans. And while all of the recipes here are fairly low in sugar, salt, and fat, you can try cutting those amounts even more to address any health concerns you have. With a little know-how, you can make most of your favorite desserts healthier by snipping wisely. For example, try swapping two egg whites for every whole egg in a recipe or use apple sauce in place of some of the oil called for (substitute one-to-one and cut down slightly on the sugar).
Think About Size
You've probably heard the portion-size lecture a million times—it's an oldie but a goodie. You get most of the pleasure of a treat in the first few bites so why not stop there? If you have a sweet tooth, a good plan is to keep your portion to no more than 150 calories, or so. Spa chefs use miniature plates, bowls, and ramekins to make little, but satisfying, portions of desserts.
Frequency Matters, Too
Don't make caloric desserts an everyday thing. Frequency is an important consideration just like portions. An additional sweet, figured into the overall meal-planning picture is not a big deal, on occasion. However, on a regular basis, an additional 150 calories per day means 15 pounds per year!
Burn It Off
Exercise goes hand-in-hand with a healthy diet. If you just can't say no to the extra, make an agreement with yourself that you will exercise it off afterward.
Now you really can have your cake and eat it too! So enjoy every bite!