Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious desserts. There are plenty of healthy options out there to satisfy a sweet tooth without sabotaging your diet. Here are seven delicious desserts you don’t have to give up.
Smoothies are a delicious, nutrition-packed treat. Forget the sugar and cream and prepare smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit, Greek yogurt, ice, and water or low fat milk. You can even add vegetables to your smoothies to increase the nutritional value.
There are many healthy variations on chocolate mousse that are light, delicious, and will satisfy your sweet tooth. When purchasing chocolate mousse from the grocery store, choose brands that use dark chocolate, egg whites, and Greek yogurt, instead of milk chocolate and heavy cream. You can also make your own easy and healthy chocolate mousse recipe.
Granita is a refreshingly sweet and light dessert that is especially good during the summer months. It’s simple to make and won’t compromise your healthy diet. Granita can be made using honey as sweeteners instead of white sugar. You can use whatever fruit you have on hand to make a delicious Granita.
Baked and Poached Fruit
What better way to get plenty of fruit in your diet than eating baked or poached fruit. Baking or poaching apples, peaches or pears brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit and is a guilt-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Drizzle with a bit of honey for added sweetness.
When you’re craving a frozen treat, reach for frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, it’s lower in calories and fat. Frozen yogurt is made with milk and yogurt cultures rather than heavy cream. Many frozen yogurts use less sugar than ice cream, are just as delicious, and contain more healthy minerals than ice cream. A trip to your local frozen yogurt shop for a sweet dessert can leave you feeling satisfied, not guilty.
Yogurt is full of healthy probiotics, enzymes, and minerals. Add fruit to the mix and you’ve got a nutritional powerhouse. Layer yogurt in a cup and then top with your choice of berries or chopped fruit to create a sweet and healthy dessert.
Angel Food Cake
Everyone loves cake but the typical slice can ruin a days worth of healthy eating. Angel food cake is a wonderful option. It’s light and fluffy, sweet and low calorie. Top it with mashed strawberries or your favorite berries and fruit, and you can enjoy your cake without worrying about your diet.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be painful. Knowing which desserts are okay and which ones to avoid is key. Keep these healthy desserts on your list of delicious treats to enjoy and you won’t have to deprive yourself.