2 Healthy Dessert Recipes and How To Eat Dessert AND Lose Weight
You like dessert, right?
Who doesn’t like dessert?
Okay, I know a few people who are adament they do not like dessert, but I think they’re crazy.
Personally I love a good piece of cheesecake or REAL ice cream.
My philosophy is that if you’re going to do dessert, then DO dessert. Get the good stuff that’s made from REAL food…don’t get the low-cal/no fat stuff in an effort to lessen the calorie blow.
I’ll share how to do that and get away with it at the end of this message, but first, let’s go over a couple simple and healthy dessert recipes.
First we have one of my absolute FAVORITES!
Healthy Dessert Recipes #1 – Yogurt Parfait
1 1/2 cups of Yogurt
2 Tbsp. Of honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
4 tsp. low fat granola
In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, honey and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy and smooth. Place strawberries evenly among four dishes. Divide blueberries among 4 dishes and top each with 3 tablespoons of yogurt. Divide raspberries among 4 dishes and top each with remaining yogurt mixture. Garnish with teaspoon of the granola.
Next up we have one that I’m going to have to try sometime soon (or at least beg Andrea to make cause this boy does ZERO cooking!!!)…
Healthy Dessert Recipes #2 – Sliced Baked Apples
4-5 medium apples (Granny Smith work well)
1/2 to 3/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
Spray glass pan (11″ X 7 1/2″ is perfect) well with butter-flavored cooking spray. Cut apples in quarters, core and slice into prepared pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and oatmeal. Dot the top with the butter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Serve hot with your meal.
Tasty, right? And the great part is they are actually healthy dessert recipes (mostly healthy anyway 🙂 ). So while I may go on and on and on about my love for cheesecake (obsession!), there are ways to eat truly healthy desserts. Gotta love it!
Okay remember way back in the beginning when I mentioned I’d share how to eat real desserts and not have it bust your waistline and maybe even still lose weight?
Here’s how to do it, and it’s ridiculously simple.
The first way, and the most obvious, is not to overdo it.
I know the big piece of chocolate cake with ice cream looks good and tastes good, but do you really need that GIANT piece?
Can you make do with a much smaller slice, especially if it’s rich and made of real food?
I’m guessing yes.
That’s the easy one.
The next way is to always be prepared for the situation.
If you want dessert, that’s fine, but you have to go into the meal knowing you want dessert and plan for it.
No alcohol, or liquid calories at all (unless that’s your dessert).
These are worthless calories that do you no good.
Second, have half the amount you’d normally eat as your “entrée.”
Because you’re having dessert – healthy dessert or not, it’s STILL dessert!
I’m not exposing a big secret by saying that desserts are high in calories – the good ones, anyway.
I’m also not exposing a big secret by saying that most entrees, especially when dining out, are too high in calories.
So what happens if you eat a normal-sized entrée AND have dessert?
Lots and lots and lots of FAT.
On the flip side, what happens if you cut the liquid calories, cut your entrée in half (and maybe have healthy side dishes…shocker!), and have a good dessert?
You might have too many calories, but you won’t bust the stomach fat bank.
The calorie-blow will be lessened even more if you’ve eaten well the rest of your day/week.
Believe it or not, you’ll be fine if you have dessert every once in a while, as long as it’s strategic and as long as you adhere to a few rules.
If I go to dinner expecting to eat dessert like cheesecake, then I will make damn sure I eat a super-dee-duper healthy meal with lots and lots of vegetables, very low in fat and a good amount of lean protein…nothing that will mess with my blood sugar levels or make it anywhere close to my fat cells.
I also make sure to drink plenty of water.
I make sure to take my time and not rush through the meal before my brain gets the message I’ve had enough.
That way when dessert comes, I can be sensible. I know when to say when and know when the breaking point is.
I also take my time when eating the dessert.
Eat the dessert s-l-o-w-l-y and enjoy it. Savor it. If it’s REAL food, then it’ll be rich and taste great and you’ll want to enjoy it.
The benefit of this slow eating is that you’ll stop when your brain tells you to stop.
You won’t over eat, which mans you won’t feel “stuffed” and you’ll still be on your weight loss, or healthy lifestyle train.
P.S. – Those 2 dessert recipes are from my buddies over at Prograde Nutrition, and more specifically from their recipe book that is jam-packed with 197 healthy recipes including breakfast, snacks, lunches and dinners and even vegetarian/vegan fare! There are more healthy dessert recipes as well 😉 To grab your copy for only $5, click here.
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