For many of us, the hardest part of sticking to a healthy diet is cutting back on sweets. No matter how much we try to tell ourselves that carob is a good substitute for chocolate, it just never seems to work. In fact, many dieting experts and nutritionists advise against completely cutting out your favorite foods from your diet – including dessert. We sabotage our attempts at significant, sustained weight loss when we completely deprive ourselves of the foods we enjoy. The key isn’t avoiding sugar like the plague, but rather it’s about controlling portions and the frequency with which we indulge. Lucky for those of us who love sugar, Skinny Ms. has 5 Ways to Have Your Cake and Beat Weight Gain, Too!
5 Ways to Have Your Cake and Beat Weight Gain, Too:
1. Make Mine Mini
Many restaurants now offer miniaturized versions of their desserts or dessert “shooters” that offer the chance to enjoy gooey yumminess with a fraction of the fat and calories found in a full-sized dessert. You can do this at home, too, by layering crushed graham crackers and your favorite pudding, cheesecake, or pie filling, in a tall shot glass or small jelly jar (no more than one per day, though!). For inspiration, take a look at Skinny Ms.’s mini Banana Pudding, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Strawberries in Balsamic Yogurt Sauce recipes.
2. Indulge Once in a While
Some dieticians believe it’s OK to have a “free” time each week where you allow yourself to indulge in your favorite foods. However, you might find that the good vibes you’re getting from all of that healthy food makes the heavy sweets less appealing (trust us, that’s a really good place to be!). Skinny Ms. has dozens of Healthy Dessert Options.
3. Savor it
Pretend like you’re a judge for a food competition and really taste and enjoy what you’re eating. Find all of the different flavors in that tiramisu or carrot cake. Appreciate the texture of the crispy, caramelized crust on top of that crème brulee or the crunchy shell of the cannoli. Chances are, when you relax and savor it, versus wolfing it down, you won’t feel the need for a second helping.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
OK, it’s not like you can eat an entire cheesecake, and then literally flush it out of your system. But, drinking a full glass of water before you eat dessert will leave you in more of a “sampling” mode than a “devouring” mode, for which your hips will thank you. Learn more about why it’s important to drink water here.
5. Try Stevia
Stevia, a non-caloric sweetener from plants that grow in South America, can be used in many dessert recipes, including some for cakes, cookies, fudge and brownies. For starters, try Skinny Ms. recipes for Skinny Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip, Raw Chocolate Coated Key Lime Pie and Skinny Slow Cooker Bread Pudding.
Check out the Skinny Ms. Recipe Collection for tons of nutritious, yet delicious, recipe options.