A Yummy Fruit Dessert – Image Courtesy: Erich Ferdinand
Once we decide to live a healthy way and lose weight, we also give up some of our favorite foods and treats. But living the healthy way doesn’t really equate to living without food that delights our taste buds as it’s not the sweet or delicious taste that we’re trying to avoid. Bad cholesterol and unhealthy saturated fats are really what we’re trying to avoid. In fact, desserts help us keep our cravings under control.
Below are some delicious yet guilt-free and healthy desserts:
This fermented milk product can help you get flat abs. The probiotic bacteria in yogurts prevent constipation and bloating by keeping your digestive system healthy. This then translates to a flatter tummy. Aside from that, yogurt is also loaded with vitamins. Iodine, zinc, phosphorus and riboflavin are some of the important vitamins it contains.
Raisins might be high in calories but they are beneficial for you if consumed in moderation. Raisins are like small packages of energy and are great for active people. Eating a pack of raisins gives you extra energy for your next workout. This healthy dessert is also effective for warding off hunger.
Sorbet is a good substitute for your favorite ice cream. It has a similar texture as ice cream but is less in calories and is naturally fat-free since it only contains fruit juices and water. It may have less calcium since it’s not made from diary but it has significantly more vitamin C.
Nuts are full of healthy fats and fiber which keep you feeling full longer. The extra fiber helps you lose weight by aiding your digestive system. Having nuts as your dessert will help speed up your metabolism which means your body will use more energy and burn more fat.
Did you know that eggs contain all of the 9 essential amino acids and are one of the few foods that are considered as ‘complete protein’? Trying some egg dessert recipes is a good idea as this poultry product helps cut your calorie intake. Since eating an egg makes you feel full longer, it will be easier for you to cut your calorie intake without feeling hungry.
Chocolate lovers can rejoice since a piece of dark chocolate can curb your cravings for sweets, salt and other fatty food. And just like nuts, (dark) chocolates are also packed with healthy fats that help you burn more fat by speeding up your metabolism.
Though some fruits are high in sugar, no fruit is bad for you. They are packed with vitamins which help you meet your recommended daily intake of vitamins even if you eat less. Choose fruits that have lots of fiber, like oranges, to help you fight hunger. Fruit smoothies make for excellent healthy desserts or you may choose to make a delicious fruit salad with your favorite fruits.
Remember that losing weight doesn’t mean starving yourself. Choosing the right food and eating well will let you enjoy your meal without the guilt. And incorporating your healthy diet with exercise will surely help you go a long way.