Many times, when we try to lose weight, the first thing we do is give up dessert. After all, you can’t lose weight eating sweets, right? Wrong. As long as you eat the right ones, adding something sweet to your meal can actually be good for you.
Now that summer has finally arrived, it’s even easier to indulge in a little treat after you eat. Let’s start with summer’s most powerful health boosters: berries. Strawberries, with their ellagic acid and vitamin C are superstars and so are blueberries, which are loaded with antioxidants.
Of course, if you dump spoons full of sugar on them or slather them with whipped cream, they’re not going to help you lose weight. But if you add a half cup of either or both to a cup of lowfat or fat-free yogurt, you’re doing your body good. You can even sprinkle a tablespoon or two of lowfat granola on them to make them a perfect parfait.
Blueberry pie and strawberry short cake are certainly not on the list of approved diet desserts. Or are they? Well, if you make the pie with just a bottom crust, as little sugar as possible and just a few little cutouts of crust on the top, you could have it once a week and still lose weight.
Or, how about strawberry shortcake, made with lowfat biscuits made with lowfat biscuit mix, and just a spritz of canned “whipped cream”, which has very few calories, fat or sugar in it? As long as you don’t have them every day, they won’t add enough calories to sabotage your weight loss. Just compensate by making sure that the rest of your meals are on the light side for calories.
Besides berries, there are other super healthy treats in the summertime. Watermelon, grapes, plums, cherries and peaches all are low in calories and high in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. All of them can be combined with low calorie options like yogurt, cottage cheese, granola, a few nuts or a sprinkle of coconut. Use your imagination and your calorie counter to come up with innovative ways to indulge your sweet tooth.
If you really want to top off a low cal meal, you can melt a square of chocolate and then dip fresh strawberries in it. Chocolate is good for your heart, your blood pressure, your immune system and your mood. Pair it with strawberries and you have the perfect healthy dessert to round off your summer meal.