If you’re like me, one of the hardest things to give up when dieting is your favorite desserts. Sometimes my sweet tooth starts screaming for attention and just won’t be quieted until I indulge it. The trick is to find a way to satisfy my craving for sweet delights without blowing my diet. To accomplish that goal, I’ve ferreted out five desserts that are traditionally high in fats and sugars and discovered healthier, lighter versions. The five I’m sharing with you here are so good the entire family will clamor for more.
Every Bunny Loves Carrot Cake
Carrot cake sounds healthy, but in reality, it is anything but. Oh, that mouthwateringly good cream cheese frosting, that sweet indulgence…of course it’s not good for you! One three-layer slab of this deceptive dessert may contain as many as 1,450 calories per slice. Yikes! Don’t worry. You can indulge in this slimmed down version of carrot cake I found at MyRecipes.com. Spicy, rich, and a fraction of the calories. Yummy.
Indulge Your Chocolate Craving with Brownies
When the craving for chocolate gets you in its grasp, it’s almost impossible to shake it off. You won’t have to fight it when you choose rich chocolaty brownies that have only 95 calories per serving. They also have zero cholesterol and only 3 grams of fat. Of course, the trick is to stop at just one. Find the recipe for Healthy Makeover Brownies at GoodHousekeeping.com.
Three Cheers for Cheesecake
Another wickedly indulgent dessert favorite of mine is cheesecake. Now, we all know that cheesecake is evil and has the power to seduce even the most self-controlled individuals. This version, though, allows you to be a bit self-indulgent without going overboard. Less fat, less sugar, less guilt. You’ll find the recipe at the Food Network.
Better than Mom used to Make Apple Pie
Apple pie is iconic in America. What would a holiday be without it? CookingLight.com provides this Caramel Apple Pie recipe with a streusel topping and rich apple filling. Now you can create an apple pie that no one will guess is actually a healthy treat. If you like, dress it up even more with a fat free non-dairy topping.
Bread Pudding Bliss
When you get hungry for comfort food, this delicious dessert will fill the bill. Unlike traditional bread puddings, which can contain 1,000 or more calories per serving, this version fits in with your healthier lifestyle. By substituting egg whites for most of the whole eggs and using low fat milk, you trim the calories down to size. Once you try this Light Amaretto Bread Pudding you’ll give up the old fashioned fattening version forever.
Just because you want to feed yourself and your family a healthy, nutritious diet doesn’t mean you have to swear off all deserts. If you look carefully, you’ll find there are lighter versions of most of your old favorite temptations available. Now you really can have your cake and eat it, too.
Janet Lynch is a blogger and writer for various food and health websites. She is also an expert on diet food delivery and other easy solutions to weight loss.