Want a Sweet Sensation?

October 15, 2010

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I have a huge sweet tooth. Personally, the hardest part of living a healthy lifestyle for me is controlling my sugar intake. Many Americans struggle to live healthier lifestyles, but feel unsatisfied if they don’t have something sweet at the end of the day. While it is important to satisfy your cravings, many desserts are high in fat and empty calories. In order to find some desserts that I could indulge in, I went on a search for some sweet tasting treats that left me feeling satisfied without feeling like I had overeaten. Here are some yummy dessert ideas that are all less than 150 calories per serving:

  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries (115 calories per strawberry):
        Wash and dry 1 pound of fresh strawberries. Melt a 12oz bag of semisweet chocolate chips
        until completely smooth. Then, dip the strawberries into the melted chocolate and place on a
        sheet of waxed paper to dry.
  • Dirt Pudding (145 calories per serving):
        Prepare a package of instant, sugar-free chocolate pudding using skim milk. Put ½ cup of the
        pudding into a small bowl, and then top with 1 crushed Oreo cookie and a gummy worm.
  • Frozen S’mores (120 calories per S’more):
        Take 1 full sheet of low-fat graham crackers and break in half. On one half, spread 1   
        tablespoon of hot fudge sauce. On the other half, spread 2 tablespoons of Cool Whip lite.
        Make a sandwich with the two halves, and freeze for at least 30 minutes before consuming.
  • Angel Food Cake Delight (145 calories per slice):
        Cut a 12 oz Angel Food Cake into 12 slices. Drizzle 1 tsp of Hershey’s Syrup over each slice of the shortcake and top with ¼ cup of sweetened, sliced strawberries.

Enjoying the food that you eat is an important part of eating. No one says that you have to live off of salad or never eat a treat to be healthy. Being healthy involves many different aspects and is different for each person. If you struggle with craving sweets, try a couple of these dessert ideas. Or for more dessert ideas that are low in calories, visit Eating Well magazine

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