When it comes to dieting, the hardest part of the entire process has always been those sweet, decadent desserts that are suddenly “too bad” for you. You generally have two options. You can ignore your cravings and be miserable, or you can indulge yourself, and feel completely horrible about it later.
Now, there are plenty of options available that you can enjoy every single bite, without feeling like a failure. If you want to stick to your diet, but that sweet tooth is screaming to be satisfied, these low calorie desserts are a great option.
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Protein is a Great Thing.
There are plenty of options available that pack sweetness in with healthy protein for snacks that give you what you need to answer both your getting in shape side, and your gotta have that sweet stuff side.
Protein Packed Pudding.
There are plenty of fat-free, reduced sugar pudding options available that you can choose to satisfy your sweet tooth. Grab your favorite flavor, and add in a scoop of flavored protein powder to add a punch your muscles will love.
Oatmeal Protein Balls.
For a special treat that is packed with protein and fiber, simply mix honey, all-natural peanut butter, your favorite flavor of protein powder, and oatmeal. Shape the mixture into balls and enjoy them for a sweet tooth pleaser that is healthy for you too.
Peanut Butter Banana Crepes.
You can enjoy the decadence of crepes, with the added bonus of plenty of protein. Just mix unflavored protein powder with the whites of two eggs. Cook just like a normal pancake, and add peanut butter and a banana and enjoy.
Mix a scoop of your favorite chocolate or vanilla protein powder with ½ a cup of skim milk, and Greek yogurt. Add in ½ a teaspoon of vanilla extract and Xantham gum and two or three ice cubes and blend for a thick and creamy milkshake that is protein packed.
Protein Infused Hot Chocolate.
Mix eight ounces of low-fat or light soy milk with chocolate flavored protein powder. Stir, heat, and enjoy the comforting sweetness with added protein.
Fruits Make Everything Sweeter.
Fruits contain natural sugars, which are the perfect option for low calorie desserts (providing you eat them in moderation of course).
Baked Apples with Cinnamon.
Grab one of your favorite apples, and peel and slice it. Sprinkle it with low calorie sweetener and cinnamon to taste. Throw it in the oven for around 7 to 10 minutes for a tender, sweet indulgence that actually satisfies.
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.
Greek yogurt is a great option for those watching their calories. Combine your yogurt with blueberries or raspberries and top with a bit of flaxseed to create the perfect combination of sweetness and crunch with a healthy dose of fiber.
Frozen Almond Grape Mix.
Grab up to ten frozen, seedless grapes and around twelve almonds for a satisfyingly sweet snack that also maintains your blood sugar levels at the same time.
More Healthy Low Calorie Desserts.
There are plenty of snacks available that give you that sweet treat feeling, without all the guilt. The secret is to make sure you follow serving sizes and such – you aren’t trying to make a meal, just a nice healthy snack that beats back those sugar cravings.
Granola bars make a great snack due to the low calories and high fiber content. Just make sure you choose healthy options over those that are drenched in chocolate to make sure you keep things healthy.
Low Calorie Quick Cheesecake.
Mix low fat cream cheese with your favorite low calorie sweetener, and throw in some all-natural fruit spread and Greek yogurt. It might not taste exactly like the real thing, but it is sure be close enough to satisfy your cravings.
Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries.
Thinly sliced sweet potatoes sprinkled with a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon provide a low calorie crunch that you are sure to love.
Yes, you really can have some chocolate, as long as it is very dark. Grab an ounce and enjoy your chocolate fix while getting plenty of antioxidants as well.
Celery with Peanut Butter
We’ve all enjoyed the satisfying combination of peanut butter and celery. Choose all natural peanut butter for a healthy snack that provides just a hint of sweetness.
The Bottom Line
Just because you are trying to diet and cut calories, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on every enjoying sweets again. While these options may not be exactly what you are looking for, they can really hit the spot when in the throes of a craving. Who knows, after a few times of substituting these healthier options, you just might find that you enjoy them just as much as those calorie-laden choices.