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If you think that being on a diet means having to avoid dessert, then think again. With these diet-friendly recipes, you can have dessert every night and still lose weight.
Now you know what to look for when choosing a dessert, you may well be thinking “What on Earth can I eat then?” Seeing as nearly every “normal” dessert doesn’t fit in with the guidelines above, that’s a very valid question. You might be able to find some healthy desserts in your local store, or at the odd restaurant, but you’re far better off making your own. Try one of these healthy, diet friendly dessert recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth, without impacting on your progress.
Berry CompoteFill a cup with a selection of berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries work best), and chuck them in a blender. Add a tablespoon of sweetener, and a tablespoon of agave nectar or good quality honey. Blend on high for 20 seconds, or until the mixture has the consistency of a compote. You can serve this on top of Greek yoghurt, quark, fromage frais or with some low fat crème fraiche.
Homemade FroYoMix low fat natural Greek yoghurt with a scoop of vanilla protein powder, a chopped banana, and a tablespoon of natural peanut butter , then pop it in the freezer. You’ll need to leave it for a good couple of hours to set, and take it out to stir it every 20 to 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can put it in an ice cream churner if you have one.
Fruity Cottage CheeseTake a cup of cottage cheese, and add some fruit of your choosing – berries, pineapple, banana, apple, mango – whatever you fancy, and eat it. It’s super simple, but incredibly quick, tasty and healthy. If you want to jazz it up a bit, try adding some spices like cinnamon, a little sweetener, or some shredded coconut.
Microwave CakeFor this you’ll need one serving of dry pancake mix. Look for a “just add water” low sugar brand . Put this in a microwave proof bowl, and add the necessary amount of water, along with a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, a tablespoon of sweetener, and some grated dark chocolate – the higher the cocoa percentage the better. Put this in the microwave on medium power, taking it out to mix every 30 seconds until it’s done. If you want a topping, try a protein “sludge”, made by mixing a scoop of protein powder with a little water, to form an icing like consistency.
Healthy Rice PuddingYou can either use plain basmati microwave rice for this , or make your own pudding rice if you have time. Put the rice in a bowl, along with a scoop of protein powder, and a tablespoon of almond butter. To make it runnier, add almond milk a little at a time. This is a great dessert as it contains low GI carbs in the form of rice, protein from the powder, and healthy fats from the almond butter.
Avocado MushSounds disgusting, tastes amazing . It might seem weird to use avocado in a dessert, but in South America it’s actually used more in sweet dishes than savory. Peel an avocado and mash it in a bowl, then add whatever sweet things you like. The possibilities for this are endless, but good combinations include:
- A scoop of protein powder and sweetener.
- Honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
- Mixed berries.
- Cocoa powder and dark chocolate (80% cocoa or higher).
- Cream cheese, sugar free syrup and protein powder.
CheesecakeFor the cake, mix equal parts low fat cream cheese and quark cheese, along with sweetener to taste . For the base, crush some low carb biscuits and mix with a tablespoon of melted free range, grass-fed butter. Put the base in a tin, and leave it in the fridge to set, then top with the cheese/sweetener mixture. Add frozen berries or grated dark chocolate for the piece de resistance.
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There you have it – 7 tasty desserts that fit perfectly into your weight loss plan . That’s one for every night of the week, so you’ll never feel the need to cheat on your diet again.