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Healthier Ways to Eat Dessert

Smart Substitution: Dessert


  • I'll admit it, I have a sweet tooth. I have found that if I dole out a container into single serving portions when I first buy it (such as the chocolate covered ginger from Trader Joe's), then label with a date, I will limit myself - but I don't have to pay a surcharge for those "100 calorie packs", none of which appeal to me anyway. Plus since I reuse my single serving containers, I don't have all the excess packaging of those others. - 7/5/2010 10:13:04 PM
  • Hasn't the word gotten around to you yet that low-carb works better than low-fat in the long run? It isn't the butter or nuts that concern me. It's the sugar and the flour. If low-fat worked, America wouldn't be so overweight. The truth is, fat consumption has gone down in America, but the sugar consumption has skyrocketed. Usually, to make something low-fat, they add more sugar. We were thinner as a country when we ate more fat. - 6/24/2010 11:26:05 PM
  • A lot of good suggestions have already been posted here.

    Don't forget all the hidden sugar, fats and salt in processed foods--even most frozen food. I don't like or trust the commercial substitutes--the salt substitutes taste too "salty" for me; the sugar substitutes always have a strange taste to me (let alone the fact that each seems to have later been declared to be not so healthy); and the fat substitutes just don't work as well. I do, however, substitute quite often using things like applesauce or other fruit, low-fat Miracle Whip/mayonaise for the fat/oil and eggs in most recipes, especially cakes, etc. . And, you can reduce by at least 1/2 or more, the amount of sugar and fat in almost all recipes without affecting the taste. Added salt can be totally eliminated in most recipes by adding additional and/or different spices, herbs, etc. You can make a pretty good frosting for cakes by using non-fat Cool Whip, sugar-free puddings or sugar-free jello for flavor, and a very small amount (1/4 c.) of powdered sugar. You do have to refrigerate the cake, but this really works. - 6/24/2010 9:24:12 PM
  • I love frozen grapes and oranges.

    Great Idea about the pudding made with skim milk. I'm going to try the sugar free, and freeze it, then blend it. "Nice cream", anyone? - 6/2/2010 9:34:33 AM
  • When my husband and I go out to dinner, we share a dessert. He eats faster than I do, so he gets the biggest portion!

    Also, there's nothing better than sliced fresh strawberries with a drizzle (1 tsp or less) of chocolate syrup & a tiny bit of real whipped cream.

    If you like ice cream and have problems with portion control, get some small dishes - about 1/2 cup, and use that instead of a regular bowl. Nobody needs a cereal bowl size portion of ice cream.

    Instead of making a layer cake with frosting - usually 8-12 servings, I make cake in a 9x13 pan & get 24 servings - cutting the calories in half. I also cut them into individual portions, wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze. This works for most cakes.

    I don't care for pie crust, so if I buy a pie, I usually just eat the filling. I often make fruit crumble, or fruit crisp instead of a fruit pie, using rolled oats as the main ingredient of the crumbly part. Cuts out a lot of fat and calories & tastes better. They can be made in individual dishes (ramekins) for portion control.

    Everything in moderation! - 5/28/2010 1:13:30 PM
  • I purchase pre-packaged desserts, such as Smart Ones Mocha Cake or Cheesecake they are around 200 calories or Carb Smart Ice Cream Bars under a 100 calories each. I use Sugar-Free Jell-O pudding cups under 100 calories each. I always have some type of dessert available, even if I don't eat it that night after dinner. Just knowing its there makes me less likely to crave something sweet or to make bad choices. If I know I am going to the movies during the week or weekend I purchase a small box of Junior Mints and bring in purse to movie theater. Sometimes I will bring a Choc Peanut Butter Power Bar to the movies instead, I don't feel deprived and I don't beat myself up because I know a made a healthier decision.

    The key is being prepared and not making a last minute poor decisions. - 5/28/2010 9:37:07 AM
  • My dessert approach is more about having a very small portion of an exceptional dessert once or twice a week, rather than larger portions of calorie reduced desserts. I remember reading on a Spark article or featured blog that after the first 3-4 bites we stop enjoying the flavours as much. I also use a tiny spoon, like the kind you use for espresso, to eat my dessert with. Somehow, this trick fools my 'over-eater' into satiation.

    For dessert, I kind of riff off the info in "French Women Don't Get Fat". Afterall, they live in the very center of amazing pastry land... - 5/28/2010 7:18:57 AM
  • I'm a fan of angel foodcake. My favorite bakery sells teeny, tiny petit fours as well - they're so rich that just one makes me happy. I treat myself to one when I'm in the city - which only happens every few months!

    It's great to remember not to be too rigid with yourself. It's just so hard to keep it up & makes life not so fun ... Enjoy! - 5/28/2010 2:35:06 AM
    Some good information. I do NOT agree with replacing sugar with a sugar substitute, too much research has shown how bad the substitutes are. - 2/24/2010 4:14:41 PM
    A small bowl of strawberries, blueberries and banana with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and sprinkled with slivered almonds is one of my favorite healthy desserts! - 1/31/2010 9:01:01 PM
  • I just discovered the Hostess 100 calorie packs of Cinnamon Struesel Coffee Cakes -- never tried them - but they are great! - 11/6/2009 2:51:21 PM
  • Nice article. I need good ideas. Problem: I cannot bring home a package or I will eat it all within a day or two. So I try to buy ice cream and frozen yogurt one scoop at a time. Hopefully in time this will change. - 11/6/2009 2:16:30 AM
    I gotta add a bowl of cereal and frozen bananas to that list! Not together, but they are both great, satisfying ways to kill that dessert craving without the cake. =) - 10/10/2009 12:33:12 PM
  • All very good tips! Since being on Weight Watchers and SparkPeople, I've really learned how to be smarter about eating dessert. Now when I have the "bad" stuff, which is only once in a while, I also have learned to cut my portion size way back so it's not quite as terrible for me :) - 10/10/2009 8:21:15 AM
  • I agree with the use of applesauce as it really does take the place of the oil. - 8/29/2009 10:32:06 AM

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