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How Do I Choose the Best Healthy Desserts?

Jessica Ellis
Updated May 17, 2024
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Losing weight or getting in better shape doesn't necessarily mean giving up a sweet tooth. While those in pursuit of a smaller size or better health may have to modify their choices, healthy desserts are plentiful and often easy to make. Taking advantage of fresh, healthy ingredients, and making some basic ingredient substitutions, can help keep healthy desserts on the table while eliminating diet-busting foods.

Believe it or not, some forms of ice cream can be considered healthy desserts. The trick to delicious yet healthy frozen treats is to make them at home, thereby being able to control exactly what gets thrown into the ice cream maker. Some nutritionists recommend avoiding dairy-based frozen desserts, instead combining fresh fruit, a little sugar, and some lemon juice for a tasty sorbet in nearly any fruit flavor. Other experts say there's no reason to avoid a little dairy, so long as skim or low-fat milk is substituted for cream and half-and-half.

A parfait may be the king in the world of healthy desserts. A well-made parfait can not only be tastier than any sundae, but also provide healthy doses of fruits, healthy grains, and digestion-improving yogurt. Get a beautiful sundae glass and create a layered parfait with plain, low-fat yogurt, bite-sized fruit pieces, and low-fat granola bits. Sprinkle a few sunflower seeds or almonds on top for some healthy fats and proteins. Parfaits can be delicious at nearly any time of day, or can substitute for a light meal if a dessert craving is getting out of hand.

Many healthy desserts are based around fruits, but that doesn't mean simply reaching for an apple anytime a sweets craving comes on. Try inventive ways of handling fruit, such as grilling pineapple or peach slices. Bake apples or pears in the oven with a teaspoon of honey and a generous sprinkle of cloves and cinnamon. Create the best banana milkshake in existence by freezing a banana, then blending it up with a small amount of low-fat or skim milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

For some people, dessert means chocolate, and plenty of healthy desserts incorporate this most decadent of ingredients. Some experts say that dark chocolate provides many health benefits, and that snacking on a square of plain dark chocolate can curb cravings and even increase heart health. A s'more made with a single square of dark chocolate, a whole graham cracker, and a marshmallow may have less than 100 calories. Dipping fruit slices in chocolate fondue made with dark chocolate and skim milk can help get a day's worth of calcium and fruit servings.

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Jessica Ellis
By Jessica Ellis
With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica Ellis brings a unique perspective to her work as a writer for WiseGEEK. While passionate about drama and film, Jessica enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics, creating content that is both informative and engaging for readers.

Discussion Comments

By Krunchyman — On May 18, 2014

Overall, when it comes to healthy desserts, the best thing is that you can enjoy them without having to worry too much about the consequences, per se. Sure, too much of anything isn't good, but eating these types of desserts allows you to enjoy all the healthy benefits without having to worry about all the extra calories. Low fat ice cream is an example of this, as the article states.

Jessica Ellis

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