I am too much of a dessert lover to even have sweets in the house. The only time I fix dessert is if I am going to a party/potluck and I know it will get eaten - all of it!
I do however like to have something sweet on occassion. I keep Skinny Cow frozen desserts, Smart Ones desserts, Weight Watchers frozen treats and Jello Temptations on hand for when I have the craving for something sweet. Almost all these are under 200 calories. If I eat dessert, it wil be with supper and I try to wait at least 30 minutes after I've eaten supper before I will eat any dessert. Most times, by waiting that 30 minutes, I talk myself out of wanting any after all.
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6/21/12 3:00 P
Thanks everyone. What I really need is a plan? I will always love dessert and am not willing to give up good desserts. I think I'm an all or none girl. I was thinking more along the lines of 1x per week or 2x per month kind of thing. I like the idea of not baking unless company is coming over or not baking unless you're taking half of it to work. Any other plan ideas?
6/21/12 10:59 A
I have sugar free jello every day.
20 calories and I dont feel deprived of dessert.
Or sometimes I have a bowl of strawberries with light cream, thats so good!
I find that with dessert, once I start it's hard to stop. I find that a square of dark chocolate will satisfy my craving and doesn't have the sugar to make me go nuts and start craving everything sugary around. Now I'm starting to find that things high in sugar are not as appealing as they were before. I tried to eat a slice of cake and the frosting was so sweet. I didn't even finish the piece and felt awful.
For baking, try black bean brownies. I have a recipe and they are 100 calories each (made in a muffin tin). They have added nutrients from the beans, yet you can't taste them at all!
6/21/12 8:59 A
If you are a 'great baker,' then you have a leg up on us who don't do so well.
Make it an adventure to create healthy but decadent-tasting desserts. Just don't sample the merchandise!
UNIDENT has a great set of dos and don'ts. The get your nutrition one is ESSENTIAL for health.
6/21/12 8:44 A
I'll portion out my food ahead of time; I dump out a handful of M & Ms and back in the cupboard the rest goes. I really like to bake, but I don't bake unless we have people in who will be consuming most of the dessert or taking it to work. I don't bake just to have it in the house as I know that's trouble for me.
In my opinion, there are 2 schools of thought on this:
1. Save some calories for a high-quality treat like some high cocoa % dark chocolate or a scone from your favorite bakery.
2. Make light dessert recipes from Spark. Use sugar substitutes, swap oil for applesauce, etc. A lot of these recipes include fruits and/or whole grain flours.
With #1 you get a small portion of something rich and satisfying. For #2, you get a larger portion and the food may have more nutritional value. Obviously every time you have dessert you can do whichever you want.
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577 6/21/12 7:08 A
Try taking something healthy and lightly drizzle it with good quality chocolate. In essence the bulk of the dessert is healthy with just enough chocolate to be decadent.
Strawberries, bananas, etc. You'd be surprised how little chocolate you need just to get the satisfaction of the flavor.
1. Never get below 1200 of "nutrition". Dessert comes after making 1200.
2. Never exceed 1550.
Okay, that last one is probably an existing rule. And really "never say never". But in general, if you can ensure that on dessert days you have eaten at least 1200 calories of actual nutrition food that day, and still don't exceed your 1550 range, then you will have ensured that you aren't going "overboard" with the dessert. It's important to get 1200 calories of nutrition daily, and you know if you eat a 300 calorie dessert and top out at 1200 calories that day, that youv'e only gotten 900 calories of real healthy "nutrition". So try to avoid that.
That gives you up to 350 calories for dessert daily. That wouldn't be a healthy idea! But say you get 1300 calories one day - now you've only got 250 calories to have dessert with. This will help to keep the portions in check.
And just remember not to have it every single day. It's a now and again treat. :)
Planning and tracking is the key! For example, last night I had a chocolate craving. I had 4 mini mars bars (total of just under 400cal). I had room in my calories, so I ate them and enjoyed them. Will I do it again tonight? No.
So, make sure you can 'afford' the dessert, watch your portions and track it. If you make your own stuff, how about freezing it so you have to wait for it to thaw before you can eat it. It might make you less likely to over eat.
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1,833 6/21/12 12:55 A
As for a quick fix dessert, there are sugar-free pudding cups. There's some really good tasting low-cal frozen fruit or fudge pops. I don't waste my time and money buying boxed cookies, I usually make my own because then I know what's in them.
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6/20/12 10:52 P
I love dessert and chocolate, especially. I grew up with a professional cake decorator and am a great baker. I have just finished 1 month of no dessert. NO DESSERT! I've never, ever done that before and want to continue along my 1200- 1500 cal a day for my weight loss goals but need a plan for reintroducing desserts but not going overboard. Without a plan I will backslide. Does anyone have any ideas/ suggestions for moderate dessert intake?? Thanks.