5 Deliciously Guilt-Free Desserts
By Nina Syahira
June 25, 2014
Dieting isn't always fun.
It takes a lot of discipline and self motivation to follow through a food diet. We all know the struggles that come with it but like the saying goes, 'no pain, no gain'. Who wouldn't want to be healthier and look better?
So you continue to push yourself with another 2km to your daily run and confidently choose a salad for dinner while your family happily eats the delicious chicken rice you also love around you. It's okay, you tell yourself. Be strong, you say. But soon you might grow miserable with the food you eat each time.
Exercising alone isn't enough to lead a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, one of the major changes you need to also take on when going on a diet is the food you eat. Knowing what to avoid and consuming what you've never had in your meals before can be a tough challenge. It becomes a conscious effort to make wiser decisions here and this may become tiring after a while especially when this is your first attempt at dieting. Your body will crave for certain things at times, possibly out of habit. You may find your meals boring or bland and this is a dangerous turning point. Why? Well, because this is when you'll start looking for the fastest way to turn your mood back around and sugary and fatty food can give you just that.
Sugar gives a delicious taste that often lingers even after a few hours of eating it. The reason is that it releases endorphins that calm and relax you. It supplies with that quick burst of energy and pleasure you need. While it's not wrong to indulge once in a while, sugar craving may lead to overeating. While it's important to keep your healthy meals varied to avoid boredom, that doesn't mean that you should completely write off your favourite sweet treats. Even though some people can do that, you don't actually need to. The most essential thing to note is to enjoy the food you eat. If you don't like it, don't continue to force yourself.
In the list below, we've gathered 5 of the most delicious desserts you can have without ruining your diet. You won't believe that they're under 200 calories and taste oh so good!
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1. Warm flourless chocolate cake
Made with 70% dark chocolate, bananas and sweet potatoes, this spoon-licking dessert will surely satisfy your sweet craving. The bananas and sweet potatoes help build that smooth texture a traditional warm chocolate cake needs in the absence of flour. Instead of using sugar, try honey like in this recipe. It's a worthy substitute as you get to enjoy a lovely bowl of 96-calories dessert with zero regret.
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2. Half a cup of orange sherbet
For those who still choose to be more careful with their food choices, opt for half a cup of orange sherbet. Share with your loved one this refreshing dessert that contains a little over 100 calories.
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3. Grilled dark chocolate sandwich
This would be great for an afternoon snack too, especially when you need a little pick-me-up at work. With a prep time of 20 minutes, you can easily make this delicious dessert at home in the morning and reheat in the office if possible. At 151 calories, who can say no to this? For a healthier choice, use wholewheat bread that would make it taste just as good.
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4. Butterscotch bars
This wonderful recipe of butterscotch bars may take some time to make but we assure you it would be worth it. Using fat-free milk, you can satisfy your craving with this sweet 148-calories dessert. Share the goodness with your family and friends.
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5. Mango and lime ice
The weather these days is unpredictable and sometimes it can get pretty hot and humid. Instead of gorging on fatty ice cream, go for this 142-calories slushy dessert instead. The mango not only gives you its satisfying natural sweetness of a taste but it also contains an important compound called linalool that helps to reduce your stress. Combined with the zing of the lime, you will leave the table feeling truly refreshed.
Looking for more healthy food options? Sit back and check out what you need to know! Educate yourself with the correct foods, the right times to eat and perhaps even what you should consume if you're a vegetarian.
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