Food & Diet
4 Healthy Desserts for a Sweet Tooth
If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain it, you don’t necessarily have to stop eating sweets. There is a vast variety of treats that are healthy and delicious and won’t add fat onto your hips. The secret is in carefully choosing the ingredients you are going to use when preparing your deserts and making them satisfying and healthy at the same time. It isn’t difficult at all!
For all of you, who are trying to eat as healthy as possible but can’t resist a sweet treat now and then, here are some healthy desserts you will enjoy and happily eat instead of the fattening ones:
1. Strawberry Shortcakes
This delicious dessert is originally packed with fat and sugar, and thus you have been avoiding it. It is so delicious that you can’t make yourself stop at one, but eating more could really expand your waistline. But you don’t have to stay away from this piece of heaven – there is a healthy version of it, and you’ll love it just as much.
These shortcakes don’t have near the amount of fat as the ordinary ones do, but that won’t take away from their taste.
The healthy variant of the strawberry shortcake is also easy to prepare, and you’ll only need 6 ingredients – 1 tablespoon calorie-free sweetener, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 cup of orange juice (squeezed would be best), ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 cup of fresh sliced strawberries and 6 sponge cake dessert shells.
How to prepare?
Mix the dry ingredients (sweetener and cornstarch), then combine them with the orange juice in a sauce pan and stir until it boils. The mixture should be thick when you’re done. Take the sauce pan off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Leave it for half an hour to cool. When it cools down, put the mixture into a bowl, add the strawberries and stir until you get a homogenous mass. Leave it until it cools completely (about half an hour), covered. Once it’s cold, pour the mixture into the desert shells. It is that easy.
This desert is low in fat and calories, and it doesn’t contain sugar – but it is sweet.
2. Low Carb, Super Tasty Cupcakes
This desert is something you can eat even if you’re following the strictest of diet. It has a very small number of carbohydrates, no fat and no sugar. These muffins are very low in calories and they are packed with fiber so they are also good for your body and will improve your digestion, but above all they are just delicious.
Nobody would guess that these muffins are guilt-free, but they are! And you’ll have no trouble making them.
For 9 cupcakes, you will need: 3 eggs, 9 tablespoons of oat bran, 9 tablespoons of low fat cream cheese (or plain yogurt), 1 tablespoon of powdered non-caloric sweetener (stevia is considered to be the healthiest variant, as it is natural and not chemically produced), 1 baking powder sachet, while the flavor is completely up to you. You can add a tablespoon of cocoa powder, some vanilla, almond or hazelnut extract – mix it up according to your liking.
How to prepare?
Separate the egg yolks from egg whites. First mix the egg whites until you get a snowy texture. Then mix the yolks with the rest of the ingredients. Slowly add the mixture with the yolks into the egg whites and carefully mix it with a spoon. Put some paper molds into the cupcake pan and pour the mixture in so that you get 9 equal cupcakes.
Bake it in the oven for around 20 minutes (until the top starts looking golden or gets a crust) on 350o F (180o C). You can eat them hot or cold, it is up to you.
3. Pumpkin Pie Pudding
If you don’t have time to make the original pumpkin pie, don’t worry, this pudding is much easier to make and it takes a lot less time to prepare. Not to mention it is healthier and lower in calories. This pudding is like the inside of a pumpkin pie, just without the crust. If you love the original, you’ll enjoy this dessert.
You will need: 2 tablespoons of non-caloric sweetener (or 4 tablespoons of honey if you feel like eating it), 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, a little less than two cups of low fat milk, 1 egg, ½ cup of canned unsweetened pumpkin, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, a pinch of ground nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts.
How to prepare?
Mix in the egg with the milk and add the mixture into a saucepan where you have already put the sweetener and cornstarch. Stir everything constantly with a whisk until it boils and then remove from heat. Then in a separate bowl mix the pumpkin with vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg, and when it’s well mixed add it to the first mixture, return to heat and cook until it is thoroughly heated but hasn’t boiled yet. While cooking, stir constantly.
When it’s ready, separate the mixture into 4 separate glasses, bowls or whatever you like. Then chop the walnuts, add a pinch of salt and mix them into the pudding. If your cravings are very strong, you can add some whipped cream on top. Bon appetite!
4. Super Quick Cheese Cream Dessert
If you’re craving something sweet right now, but you can’t bother to cook or bake, and you don’t want to buy some carb-loaded fatty candy in a store, we have the right thing for you.
You can make this dessert in 3 minutes (literally), and it will contain a very small number of calories, no fat and almost no carbs at all.
How to prepare?
All you need is 2 tablespoons of non-fat cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt, a little raspberry essence and non-caloric sweetener to your taste. You can mix it all together at once and end up with a creamy, delicious, healthy and low-in-calories dessert that will stop you from eating a piece of chocolate cake or some other unhealthy dessert.