When people go on a diet, they often think that they will never have any chocolate, ice cream, or dessert again. Some diets perpetuate this stereotype, but others suggest that choosing low fat snacks and healthier desserts could be an option. When you want to have something a little bit decadent, but not go completely off your diet, choosing fat free recipes, or healthy desserts is the way to go.
Here are some healthy dessert ideas to take care of that sweet craving in healthier and more responsible ways.
- Low fat cake recipes.
- Simple desserts.
- Quick dessert ideas.
Low fat cake recipes often use fruit, like applesauce, to add moisture where oil, butter, and fats are eliminated. They also often eliminate egg yolks. There are hundreds of low fat cake recipes online, but if you are not big into baking, you could always look for pre-made versions. Here is one recipe for a lower fat, lower sodium chocolate cake in a mug. Just mix and microwave!
4 tbsps cake flour
4 tbsps sugar
2 tbsps cocoa
2 large egg whites
3 tbsps skim milk
3 tbsps unsweetened applesauce
1 dash vanilla extract
For simple desserts that are a breeze to put together, and go easy on your diet, try strawberries, drizzled with honey, atop some low fat yogurt or cottage cheese. Or, melt a little bit of quality chocolate and drizzle it over an array of fresh sliced fruit, like strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or whatever you have on hand. Finally, you can create a delicious apple pie, minus the crust, by sauteing together apple slices, honey, and cinnamon until the apple is tender.
When something is not immediately available to us, that is when we often fall to temptation and make a bad call, like buying that triple layer chocolate cake. Having a quick option available to you, something that you can just take from the freezer when needed, will help you to avoid those temptations in the store. For this reason, healthier ice cream options are perfect.
Not all ice cream is created equally. Super premium ice cream is essentially a very cold cream, and can have as many as 250 calories, and 10 grams of saturated fat per half a cup of plain old vanilla. Dairy-free frozen desserts, made from coconut milk, or soy milk, are a better option. They can still be up to 210 calories, and 7 grams of saturated fat per half cup of plain vanilla. By far the healthiest option is frozen yogurt. With nonfat varieties reaching only up to 100 calories, and 0 grams of fat per half a cup serving, you also get great taste.
Having quick, but healthy options available for a sweet craving will help you to stay on track of whatever diet you adhere to. Diets do not have to mean suffering, as long as you are prepared, and knowledgeable about what kinds of dessert can satisfy you and still be healthy.