Quick and healthy diet-friendly desserts
When you’re trying to cut calories, it seems like dessert is always the first thing to go. While it may be a bad idea to cozy up to a bag of cookies after a hard day at the office, enjoying a sweet, healthy treat now and then is no crime. In fact, the occasional indulgence may even help you achieve your diet and weight-loss goals more efficiently than swearing off sweets all together.
Here are eight delicious guilt-free dessert recipes to add to your cookbook. Enjoy!
Lemon Mousse with Strawberries
Sampling this lemon mousse with vitamin-packed strawberries is like spooning up sunshine; the jewel-like layers of berries are an unexpected delight. We’ve lightened up the mousse by substituting gelatin and fat-free yogurt for the usual quantities of eggs and cream.
Toasted Almond Meringue Cloud
These almond meringues taste decadent, but are actually low in fat and calories. Serve them at your next dinner party for an “I can’t believe this is healthy!” dessert that’s sure to wow your guests.
Craving ice cream? Before you chow down on the Häagen Dazs, consider a healthier, homemade swap. Refreshing, fat-free sorbets are a delicious substitute for ice cream and making it yourself allows you to control the amount of sugar in your dessert. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can also make granita, which is icier, but still just as tasty!
Baked Almond-Stuffed Peaches
Turn your peaches into a fabulous warm dessert by stuffing them with dried apricots, toasted almonds and crushed amaretti cookie crumbs, then baking them in the oven until they are brown and bubbly. It may sound decadent, but each serving is actually fewer than 200 calories. The fruit can be served with light sour cream for an added kick.
Whole-wheat Grapefruit Bran Biscotti
This heart-healthy recipe makes for a fresh-tasting dessert option. Tangy grapefruit is loaded with immune-boosting vitamins and antioxidants, while the high fibre content will help support weight loss. And at 57 calories for two biscotti, this is one dessert that practically begs for a second helping.