National Dessert Day a Treat

Isn't he scrumptious? Photo: JETSTAR

One of my favorite holidays arrived: National Dessert Day!

Ok, it’s not really my favorite holiday, but it deserves a lot of credit! Too many people spend their days counting every single calorie and worrying over their figures. But the first thing you need to understand is that you are beautiful! I know it sounds cheesy, the whole “beauty is on the inside thing,” but that’s where it starts. If you’re not confident about yourself, then you’re not going to look attractive to anyone, no matter how much you workout or how much you watch what you’re eating.

I fully believe in desserts and don’t believe anyone should deprive themselves. Girls are especially prone to crave sweets more than men, so don’t cut yourself off from that piece of chocolate! All you have to do is enjoy in moderation. Have a scoop of ice cream instead of five. Better yet, try frozen yogurt! It’s usually just as tasty and slashes the calorie count nearly in half.

Be mindful of what you’re eating. If you enjoy something sweet, you can usually find a healthier version that will help you keep your calorie-count in check. So in honor of National Dessert Day, here are a few healthy dessert options I turn to when experiencing a severe sweet tooth:

1. Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches

These delicious treats taste just as good as  “normal”  ice cream sandwiches, but only register 140 calories. They come in a variety of flavors, like chocolate peanut butter, strawberry shortcake and cookies n’ cream. I enjoyed the traditional vanilla ice cream sandwich today, settled between two chocolate wafers.

2. Low-Calorie  Cupcakes

After watching episode four of The Biggest Loser, I can’t stop craving Curtis Stone’s 100-calorie yet oh-so-delectable raspberry frosted cupcakes. The secret: you don’t use any butter! Replace white flour with wheat flour and use pureed raspberries instead of sugar-concentrated frosting, and you’ve drastically reduced the calorie count but kept the great taste! NBC provided Stone’s full recipe, and I can’t wait to taste-test it myself! (Psst: Stone also gave NBC 14 other healthy recipes to try!)

3. Jello

Who doesn’t love this childhood treat? I remember gorging on this when I had my wisdom teeth taken, out and I turn to it when I have strep throat and need a break from chicken noodle soup. Jello only has 80 calories, so feel free to toss a dollop of fat-free whipped topping on top. Two tablespoons will add 20 calories and you’re entire snack is only 100 calories!

What’s your favorite healthy dessert to munch on? I have a pretty big sweet tooth, so I’m willing to give it a try!

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Posted on October 14, 2010, in Food, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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