The 10 Desserts You CAN Eat While On A Diet
Watching our waistline doesn’t mean that we can’t still enjoy the occasional treat!
Can i have a dessert on a diet?
Eating dessert shouldn’t be an activity of guilt. If you learn how to prepare healthy desserts, you can incorporate sweets into your diet while leading a healthy lifestyle and staying fit and lean.
Our Top Delicious yet Healthy Desserts for Weight Loss
1. SKINNY AVOCADO CHOCOLATE MOUSSE (serves 4)
1 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
4 tbsp cacao
3 tbsp coconut oil
100ml almond milk
Blend, place into small pots, or glasses, set in fridge and top with raspberries.
This decadent mousse makes for a perfect dinner party dessert and really does taste as indulgent as it looks.
Whilst there may be a tendency to worry about using avocado within sweet treats, in actual fact avocado is the secret ingredient to the desserts rich and velvety texture.
Avocados are not only bursting with nutrients and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats but there is also evidence to show that they may support weight loss. One study demonstrated that those who ate half an avocado with their lunch felt 23% more satisfied and had a 28% lower desire to eat over the next 5 hours.
2. FROZEN BERRY POPSICLES (makes 8 popsicles)
245g natural yoghurt
1 tbsp cinnamon
Freeze into ice lolly moulds.
This super simple dessert takes a few minutes to whiz together and makes a great choice for a summer day.
The combination of the protein-rich yogurt, low sugar berries and insulin sensitising cinnamon, makes this the no.1 dessert for balancing blood sugar.
By stepping off the blood sugar roller coaster, you may minimise weight gain and further cravings for sugary indulgences.
For more mouth watering ice lolly recipes, read our: 4 Super Healthy, easy to make Ice Lolly recipe article
3. PISTACHIO CHOCOLATE BANANA SUSHI
Dip one banana into good quality dark chocolate, place onto a plate and sprinkle over crushed pistachios. Slice into sushi pieces and then place into fridge to set. This sushi dessert can be eaten with chopsticks.
First things first, bananas contain very few calories, around 100 max, yet they’re full of fibre so can be filling at the same time. Increasing your fibre intake from fruit and vegetables has repeatedly been shown by science to help with weight loss.
4. OPPO ICE CREAM
Oppo is available in 1,300 stores across the UK including Waitrose, The Co-op and Holland and Barrett
Flavours - Madagascan Vanilla, Salted Caramel, and Mint Choc Swirl. Yum!
Craving ice cream? Before you chow down the Ben and Jerry’s, this healthy alternative is surprisingly indulgent, while having 50-70% fewer calories than regular ice cream.
Without even compromising on flavour, per scoop Oppo ice cream has only 39 calories, 2.9g sugar and 1.9g of fat. This is a far cry from Haagen Dazs which comes with a whopping 112.5 calories, 8.5g sugar and 7.7g fat per scoop.
With no nasties or cheap fillers, this ice cream is made with only the finest of ingredients including fresh milk from meadow-grazed cows, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil and stevia leaf. Oppo uses natural ‘superfoods’ such as lucuma, spirulina and baobab to give the ice cream their characteristic flavours.
5. APPLE SLICE COOKIES
1 red apple sliced, topped with 1 tbsp peanut or almond butter, dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes and walnut pieces.
It’s conventional wisdom to associate dieting with living off low calorie vegetable sticks and whilst many would shy away from the higher calorie nuts, they are in fact a dieter's best friend.
Numerous studies have shown that just a handful of nuts a day can significantly reduce hunger, leading to a lower overall calorie intake throughout the day. These effects boil down to their protein and fibre content which both have satiating properties.
And there really is nothing tastier than an apple topped with a dollop of indulgent nut butter and some healthy toppings to give it that extra crunch.
6. PRESS Super Berry Smoothie
7. 5 MINUTE 100% MANGO SORBET
Chop mango (or other fruit) and freeze, place frozen fruit into blitzer until a smooth and creamy and serve immediately.
At 35 calories per scoop, you can’t really go wrong when it comes to sorbets.
Try making your sorbet with 100% fruit for a lower sugar and higher fibre dessert.
8. CHIA PUDDING
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Soak 4 tsp chia seeds in 250ml almond, coconut or regular milk overnight, with a small drizzle of honey and a pinch of cinnamon.
If you’re feeling lazy, you can also pick up a 160 calorie Chia Co Chia Pod dessert from any major supermarket within the UK.
These little super seeds so are much more than just another craze. They are what gives this dessert its 6g fibre and 4g protein per serving! Fibre can increase the feeling of fullness which is exactly what you need for weight loss.
9. FROZEN YOGURT STRAWBERRIES
Simply dip strawberries in yogurt, place on tray and freeze.
Strawberries score low on both the calorie and sugar scale, which is great news for dieters.
By coating your strawberries in natural yoghurt with live cultures, you will also receive your daily dose of good bacteria. There is some super exciting emerging research suggesting that gut bacteria may have significant effects on body weight.
10. BAKED PEARS WITH WALNUTS AND CINNAMON
Slice the pear in half, scoop out seeds, sprinkle with cinnamon and crushed walnuts. Place in oven (170 degrees Celsius) for 30 mins. Optional - serve with natural yoghurt.
This is a perfect low-calorie dessert for those colder evenings when you’re craving something more comforting and warming. The walnuts give this dish a tasty crunch whilst providing a good dose of protein and fibre.
It is this protein and fibre that slows the rate at which sugar enters the bloodstream and ultimately reduces output of the fat storage hormone insulin.
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