Dessert has always been one of my weaknesses. Going to a buffet or potluck–I can pass up the biscuits, the fried foods, the salty Hors d’oevres… but the dessert table?
Gimme cheesecake, cookies, chocolate, fudge brownies, ice cream…I don’t discriminate!
My mouth waters at just the idea of dessert.
I avoid these decadent treats most of the time, and splurge once in awhile. By splurge, I mean splitting a slice of cake/cheesecake with someone else. Just a taste, a few bites…it usually satisfies the craving.
But I don’t deny myself dessert. Deny myself dessert (something I LOVE) is setting myself up for a disastrous binge.
I’ve referred to the 90/10 Rule on my website a few times. It means being good 90% of the time but once in awhile a treat is definitely deserved!
Perhaps I eat dessert (several times a week) out of habit. I don’t know. What I do know is that I need to make healthy, low calorie choices for my dessert if I want to stay healthy.
So here are some healthy dessert ideas. Some things to satisfy the sweet tooth, without totally breaking the calorie bank.
It’s a small container (one of those ice cream “minis”) and the entire container is 110 calories.
Light Vanilla Ice Cream (churned):
Light Vanilla ice cream with Light chocolate syrup is about 160 or 180 calories (depending on how much you use). The sliced strawberries on top are “free” calories in my opinion.
I’m out of the Light Chocolate Syrup and for some strange reason I cannot find it any stores. It may seem silly to be looking for “light” chocolate syrup but the Light saved me about 40 calories! That’s a lot. Especially if you use 2 servings. That’s 80 calories.
Another option is light vanilla ice cream with a handful of chocolate chips. Still a low calorie dessert and it’s yummy!
Freshly Baked Cookies:
If you are craving the warm, gooey-ness of freshly baked cookies–pick up the miniature cookies at the store. They are 130 calories a serving and 3 mini cookies are 1 serving. You get the yumminess of chocolate chip cookies without it costing you 300+ calories.
Smart Ones has a line of frozen desserts that are healthier options than splurging on something really fattening. They have the Weight Watchers Points on the box, too.
They are usually under 200 calories, too.
Another frozen goody is the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. I LOVE these things! It’s dangerous when Michael gets them at Costco. Knowing I have 20 ice cream sandwiches in the freezer can be a slippery slope. However, they are delicious and only about 150 calories.
QUESTION: Tell me what you eat to satisfy your sweet tooth–but not break the calorie bank!
I’ve been on a hot fudge sundae kick but haven’t gained weight from it b/c it’s (kinda) sugar-free. Will post about it soon.
(Those photos should be illegal)
HA! I was thinking the same thing when I searched for them. YUM.
Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
I love sorbet with fruit or ricotta with cinnamon and truvia. Also, banana softserve is hands down my favorite low-cal dessert. A lot of times if I just have a piece of fresh fruit it satisfies my sweet cravings after a meal, but that’s a newer thing. 🙂
Wow…I’ve never heard of using Ricotta as a dessert. Interesting.
Jess @ NZ Girl Runs
I like weight watchers chocolate ice cream bars at the moment. When berries are in season I like a bowl of berries with a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top
Love the ideas! One more to add is Deep Chocolate VitaTops (muffin tops. They are only 100 calories and packed with essential vitamins as well as fiber and protein. They can be topped with peanut butter or used as the “bread” for a low fat ice cream sandwich! Keep up the good, healthy work!
I’ve been wanting to try the Vitatops for awhile but they are hard to find in Oregon (and really expensive where I do find them). 🙁
Vitalicious has a store locator page you can use on their web page. Also, you can always order them online!
Ideally, I eat fruit when I have a sweet tooth. Sometimes it’s in the form of a home-made smoothie though (my favorite so far is strawberry & watermelon).
Otherwise, I like plain ol graham crackers. The chocolate ones are good too (not chocolate-covered) and especially good in ice cream. Kinda like cookies and cream but a bit healthier.
You could also make mini-cheesecakes with Neufchatel cream cheese, in a muffin tin, eat 1, and give away the rest. It’s a nice, moderate way to enjoy cheesecake. Of course, willpower is needed in giving the rest away.
Do you have a recipe for the mini cheesecakes? I’d love it if you do!
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