So many people are trying to lose weight, maintain their weight or just trying to eat healthier. Meals aren’t the only eating times that we need to watch calories, sugar and nutrition. Desserts are always welcomed but not always healthy no matter how tasty they may be. Imagine having some choices that will help keep you slim, boost your health and satisfy your sweet tooth and sugar cravings you would want to indulge in one, right? Now you can, just remember that moderation is always best and having a little dessert in the early evening can also boost your spirit and keep your diet on track while you are trying to lose or maintain your weight.
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Pumpkin pie pudding packed with protein in every spoonful
A creamy pudding is a nice choice every now and then for dessert. Mixing vanilla and pumpkin puree together in this recipe provides around eight grams of protein when mixed with the yogurt and also aids your stomach’s digestion process. This dessert is tasty and keeps you satisfied and actually tastes just like pumpkin pie. All you need is 6 ounces of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt, ½ cup of pure pumpkin puree, and a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin spice. Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Then transfer to dessert dishes and serve. Garnish with a tablespoon of chopped nuts if you like or 12 chocolate chips and then again you might just want to add a little more cinnamon on top. This pudding recipe is only 160.
A sweet, tangy and creamy fruit dip that tastes like hot chocolate
Wow, a creamy dip that tastes like hot chocolate is, a dream come true for cocoa and chocolate lovers. Cut up some of your favorite fruits and berries on a serving platter. Now place 12 ounces of fat-free evaporated milk and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a saucepan and heat over a low flame and stir with a whisk. Add in ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, ½ cup of sugar, ¼ teaspoon of salt and ½ a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the pan and continue whisking. If you want it to be tangy as well as sweet add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the pot and whisk it in. Cayenne pepper is known to boost metabolism and may also suppress your appetite which can prevent you from having another craving later than evening. Continue whisking as the mixture heats up and begins to thicken. This should take approximately 10 minutes. One the dip is thickened and has a creamy texture transfer it to a small bowl and allow the dip to cool to room temperature or put it in the refrigerator to cool down to a slight chill. Then enjoy dipping into the hot chocolate and enjoy some added sweetness along with your fruit snack. This dip recipe is only 165 calories.
Granny Smith crumbles; make a wonderfully tasty and crunchy topping at dessert time
Apples are a heart-healthy fruit and the number one fruit people grab for when they think of snacking on a fruit. They provide a feeling of fullness, natural sweetness and a wonderful crunch. Imagine tasting apple pie without the crust, excess calories and more dessert than you can eat without breaking your diet and healthy eating plans. Take a Granny Smith apple, peel and core it and then dice it up small. Place the apple pieces into a saucepan and sauté it for about 4 minutes. Once the apple is heated add 2 teaspoons of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of sugar to the pan and cook on low until the sugar melts. Transfer the apple crumbles into a dessert dish or two and garnish with a small dollop of whipped cream, 1 teaspoon of chopped nuts and 1 tablespoon of granola for a healthy dessert that is only 175 calories.