Craving a Sweet Dessert? 5 Diet-Friendly Options

It’s hard to beat the satisfaction obtained from eating a delicious sweet dessert. The only problem is that sometimes our diets restrict us from eating desserts. Luckily, there are diet-friendly options available that agree with your taste buds without disagreeing with your diet.

The main reason why desserts don’t tend to be diet friendly is because of sugar. Excessive amounts of sugar are hard to avoid when it comes to dessert. As it also applies to regular food, the key to enjoying diet-friendly indulgences is to keep the portions small. Restrictive diets are much easier to follow than elimination diets, so with that in mind, here are 5 diet-friendly dessert ideas.

1. Jello

Jello is by large considered a healthy dessert. After all, if it’s good enough for recovering patients in hospitals, it’s most definitely good enough for the rest of us. Jello is a little more than gelatin and water, and is low in calories. It comes in a variety of flavors and is affordable. Add some fresh fruit to the mix and you’ve got yourself a certifiably healthy dessert. Consider trying the sugar free version to cut even more calories.

2. Yogurt

Yogurt is derived from milk and is thus a great source of calcium and protein. During the process of yogurt creation, most of the lactose present from milk is converted to lactic acid. This means those that are lactose intolerant can enjoy yogurt as well. Yogurt also contains active acidophilus bacteria cultures that have been shown to aid in regulating digestion. Fruit, such as strawberry, is also commonly added to yogurt, making it a tasty and healthy dessert option.

3. Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is a fairly simple and straightforward dessert dish. It’s essentially rice and milk with a bit of sugar and cinnamon added. Fruit can also be added to this item, such as raisins. Instead of using white sugar, try a sugar alternative such as Splenda or Stevia. This simple recipe results in a healthy dessert item with a delightful texture to go along with it’s wonderful flavor.

4. Ovaltine

Ovaltine provides a change of pace from the other dessert items because it is not eaten. Ovaltine is most often sold as a malt flavored powdered mixture you add water to. Ovaltine is loaded with vitamins and minerals and has a uniquely delicious flavor that can be addicting. This may be a questionable item though as Ovaltine has its share of sugar and additives. Despite that downside, it’s a great addition to your dessert options that can be served either hot or cold.

5. Dessert Crepe

This is the most decadent of the discussed options and the hardest to make, but still not difficult. Many recipes can be searched online but most consist of milk, eggs, flour and sugar. A hot pan is oiled and the mixture is spread and cooked on both sides to desired texture. Then a thin layer of  devilishly delicious Gnutella is spread on the crepe. Add fruit such as bananas or strawberry on top and roll it up, and you’ve got yourself a delicious dessert.

Try out any of these options next time you’re craving a sweet dessert.

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