Dessert isn’t meant to be health food per se, but it can certainly have a better-for-you spin. Here are some decent treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your diet.
Cheesecake (pictued above)
Lighter cheesecake is possible with just a few lower-fat substitutions.
This portion-controlled, five-ingredient cake comes in at only 300 calories per serving. Serve with fresh berries and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Lighten up this indulgent dessert by replacing some of the fat with yogurt or silken tofu — it will boost the protein content too!
You can enjoy homemade cupcakes complete with a creamy, dreamy frosting for fewer than 240 calories per serving. These babies are better than anything out of a box.
Peanut Butter (Enough Said)
This popular ingredient usually sends calorie counts soaring, but small doses of this healthy fat can create delightfully bite-sized goodies you won’t feel guilty about eating.
Serve thin slices of this rustic apple dish and you can keep the calories under 375 per serving.
Every baker needs a simple cookie recipe that can be dressed up with low-calorie flavorings like vanilla, herbs, cinnamon and citrus zest. These buttery delights come in at fewer than 85 calories each.
Candy fans, you don’t have to skip the confections; just make your own with good-quality chocolate and flavorful low-calorie add-ins.
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.