Take a Bite Out of Summer With These Quick and Healthy Desserts

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? I sure do, even more so lately being pregnant! Although I am allowed more calories since I am eating for one and a half, I don’t want to consume all of my extra calories through desserts that don’t have any nutritional value at all. The same should go for someone who isn’t pregnant.

On hot and humid days, a rich and heavy dessert probably isn’t a first choice for something sweet. Fortunately, there are a lot of light and healthy choices that don’t cost a lot of extra calories to satisfy your sweet tooth. So enjoy a guilt-free dessert this summer.

Things to Remember

When eating any type of food, it is important to be conscious of a few key things to keep calories to a minimum:

Amount per serving in each recipe: This is extremely important in staying on track with your calorie budget. Most dessert recipes have small servings, so don’t be surprised if the recipe makes 48 cookies that are bite size.

Calories per serving: This is equally important to look at before making. Calories “allowed” per person will vary depending on how many daily calories a person should be eating. Obviously, the least amount of calories (under 150) per dessert per serving is ideal for most people.

Substitute when possible: Making small changes in a recipe can save big amounts of calories. Using light or fat-free butter, sour cream or whipping cream and using applesauce instead of oil are all excellent ways to cut calories in a recipe. I have noticed that in some recipes, the writer will mention whether or not the dish will bake properly if these substitutions are made, so keep your eye open for that disclaimer.

Workout Extra: If you are going out to a favorite restaurant or a party that you know will have your favorite dessert with more calories than you should have, there are a couple of things you can do:

  • Get an extra workout in during the week
  • Exercise for a longer period of time that day
  • Increase the intensity of your workout(s)

Choosing one of these options will burn more calories so you can have that dessert and not feel guilty about it.

Go Ahead, Indulge

Here are some quick and healthy dessert recipes from Eating Well to try this summer:

I have had an Indoor S’More and they are delicious, close enough to the real thing that you won’t be disappointed. I have also had pineapple and other fruits on the grill and they are equally satisfying — plus, you get in a serving of fruit for the day as well. Some other light summer desserts that are favorites of mine:

  • Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Fat Free Cool Whip (72 calories for 1/12 of a slice; 53 calories for 1 cup of sliced strawberries; 15 calories for 2 tablespoons fat free cool whip = 140 calories total)
  • Fat Free Pudding with Cool Whip Topping (add fruit as another option)
  • Strawberry Shortcake (using heart-healthy mix, one biscuit is 145 calories)

What are some of your favorite healthy dessert recipes?

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