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09-08-2009, 11:07 AM
Right or wrong, we love desserts at our house. Baked goods are always a favorite--homemade cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc.

I was thinking this morning that maybe we'd be better off trying to figure out some fruit-based desserts, maybe some cobblers or crisps or something.

It would still be dessert, but might be a subtle way to wean ourselves off some of the baked goods.

What do you think?
What do you do for desserts when you're trying to lose weight/feel better?

I suppose we could always go "cold turkey" and skip desserts completely, but I know that wouldn't work here. Same thing with grabbing a piece of plain fruit--that just isn't "dessert".

09-08-2009, 11:13 AM
I am on the one bite plan...I allow myself one bite of dessert a day and just count the calories the best I can. I dont feel deprived by getting a bite of something sweet. I also keep mini candy bars in the house.It sure helps when TOM is causing me to crave chocolate.

09-08-2009, 11:18 AM
Diet pudding or sugar free Blue Bunny ice cream bars are good. Or I make a bowl of sugar free orange jello w/ cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.

09-08-2009, 11:39 AM
I'm an ice cream girl so I save myself about 100-150 calories to use. I love skinny cow's chocolate truffle bars (and yes I eat one every evening)

There are some good desserts in the hungry girl cookbooks and in the weight watchers cookbooks. :) I've cooked a few esp for family gatherings and no one knew that they were "diet"!

09-08-2009, 12:11 PM
Thanks for the great dessert suggestions!
I'm not a big ice cream fan, but my dh is, so I'll look for some of these substitutes for him. (He wants to lose weight too.)

Dgramie, I'd like to say that I'm on the "one bite" dessert plan too, but unfortunately, I tend to be on the "one bag" plan, as in I can go through one bag of mini Reese's Cups so fast it would make your head spin.

09-08-2009, 12:21 PM
Any of the Skinny Cow desserts are great. I love grapefruit with a sprinkling of sugar. Toast with honey and a little butter is great and leaves me satisfied as well.

09-08-2009, 12:21 PM
I am afraid that I can't eat just one bite of something. :)

My favorite dessert of the moment is Hunt's sugar-free pudding and low fat honey graham crackers. It tastes like chocolate pie with a graham cracker crust. The pudding is 70 calories and one sheet of the graham crackers is 60 calories. I dip the cracker in the pudding but you could make it look like a real dessert by spreading the pudding on the cracker, nice and big!

09-08-2009, 12:25 PM
I suppose we could always go "cold turkey" and skip desserts completely, but I know that wouldn't work here. Same thing with grabbing a piece of plain fruit--that just isn't "dessert".

Blows my theory, cuz fresh fruit IS our dessert. Sorry. ;)

09-08-2009, 12:25 PM
sugar free fudgecicles
fat free coolwhip on anything!
fat free coolwhip with 1 pack of sugar free jello mixed in (no water added)
use the flavored coolwhip you just made and put it between 2 reduced fat gahram crackers and freeze it for an "ice cream sandwhich"
light whipped cream cheese mixed with no sugar added cherry pie filling
strawberry shortcake

09-08-2009, 12:26 PM
No Pudge Brownie mix is awesome!

I also like slices of apples cooked with a combination of smart balance, oats, cinnamon, and a little brown sugar. It gives me an apple pie/crisp feeling without all the excess calories and sugar.

09-08-2009, 12:41 PM
I always finish my evening meal with a 'dessert'. My favorite is an individual meringue nest (55 cals) served with low fat greek yogurt (80 cals) and lots of summer fruits on top. This is my pavlova substitute. I'll also have skinny cows and WW do a chocolate brownie dessert here that's really yummy. Low fat custard with baked apples, pears or chopped banana. Low fat rice pudding. There's lots of options to round off a good meal!


09-08-2009, 12:45 PM
Tbh I like proper desserts - carrot cake and chocolate cake and ice cream and jelly. So I just get/make low calorie/fat versions of them, otherwise I'm not satisfied. I love the WW/Asda Carrot Cake slices, which are 1 point each. And I buy the WW chocolate/strawberry mousses and make sugar free jelly. I have a sweet tooth and need these treats unfortunately, but I just go for the WW versions.

Thighs Be Gone
09-08-2009, 01:07 PM
My number one fave right now is Arctic Zero Ice Cream. You can eat the entire pint--and thats one helluvalot--for about 125 calories.

I also like the Jello Gelatin sugar free--I think they are five calories each. I put about 4 of them in a bowl with finely diced celery, a few almonds and some Cool Whip Light.

09-08-2009, 02:49 PM
Breyers Fat Free French Chocolate ice cream, with 1 tbsp of Lite Hersheys syrup, and some berries. Even if I want a full cup, the ice cream and syrup come in right at 200 calories, 110 for a half cup. The berries are some extra, but they are healthy so I don't have to justify them, just count them.

Anyway - if I'm good (and sometimes if I'm not), I get this EVERY night for dessert. It keeps my sweet and chocolate cravings away, and keeps me from laying into the candy bars. Emphasis on the plural.

09-08-2009, 03:17 PM
Sometimes I get a bit frustrated because I often can't have pre-made sugar-free or no sugar added desserts; they typically contain aspartame which I have a really bad reaction to.

So what I do is allow myself small amounts of desserts that have actual sugar in them, like mini candy bars. I love picking up a particular bag that has nothing but variations of dark chocolate, and I allow myself to have one every night. In the future I'd like to learn how to make certain desserts (like pudding) and substitute stevia as the sweetener.

I also drink fruit smoothies every day, and while those satisfy my dessert/sweet-tooth amazingly well, they're actually very healthy! So sweet and creamy too (I add fat-free yogurt for the creaminess). The frozen fruit is usually sweet enough on its own, although sometimes I add some stevia.

09-08-2009, 03:36 PM
My number one fave right now is Arctic Zero Ice Cream. You can eat the entire pint--and thats one helluvalot--for about 125 calories.

I also like the Jello Gelatin sugar free--I think they are five calories each. I put about 4 of them in a bowl with finely diced celery, a few almonds and some Cool Whip Light.

wow, just looked up artic zero, and that looks amazing. haven't ever seen it around here though

09-08-2009, 05:04 PM
I totally get fruit not being dessert. Don't get me wrong, I love and eat tons of fruit, but an apple isn't going to cut it come dessert time.

I just can't go the sugar free/fat free route.

I suggest either smaller portions of what your already having or trying to lighten up some of your recipies. (I second the no pudge boxed mixes)
I found that when I started analyzing some old favorites there were just silly amounts of sugar and fat for no reason. No-one needs 3cups sugar in a cake! :).

In the 90's I did a lot of the sugar free/fat free and I found (for me) it led to mindless eating and zero satisfaction, not to mention headaches from the artificial stuff and the eventual eating of the real thing (way too much of the real thing)

And as for subbing in fruit desserts, I'm not sure an apple pie is *much* healthier then a brownie. (Esp if you like it ala mode)
I think its better to just work in what you like the best you can. (Esp if you don't do well with restrictions or rules ;).

09-08-2009, 05:12 PM
I have a WW cookbook devoted to desserts from which I bake regularly. I work my desserts into my daily plan because I enjoy them and I can "afford" them within the parameters of my plan. I'm pretty lucky because I don't have a terrible time with sugar or refined foods. Others who don't share my good fortune often choose to eliminate these foods from their diets and move to fruits for their "sweet" fix.

If you can make desserts work within your plan, then IMHO it may be a really productive way to go because IF this is something that you enjoy, outright eliminating these treats may not be sustainable in the long run.

To each his/her own path...


09-08-2009, 05:24 PM
:hug:I looked at a book, Hungry Girl 200 recipes under 200 calories...Lots of low fat, low calorie, modifications for many recipes...take a look online....

09-08-2009, 05:28 PM
I'm also a doesn't-do-deprivation-well chickie. I make home-made popsicles from grape juice which keep me happy, I also eat WW treats occasionally and Skinny Cow treats. I take the ff dark chocolate pudding cups and add a dash of cinnamon for a real flavor blast. Oh..........now I'm getting hungry

09-08-2009, 05:39 PM
We eat dessert a few times a week. Often it's a reduced sugar ice cream pop or something of the like. Pasty type desserts are A BAD IDEA for me so I stay away from them. I do like fruit and yogurt with a sprinkle of granola. I am TOTALLY going to try the pudding and graham cracker idea as well! That would be REALLY good with lemon pudding... hmmmm...

traci in training
09-08-2009, 06:39 PM
I'm not satisfied with a piece of raw fruit, either, but if I slice an apple or a pear, sprinkle on a little brown sugar, a tablespoon or two of oatmeal and microwave it a few minutes - wa la! - it's dessert! I'm also a huge fan of 100 calorie fudge bars. I like chocolate ice cream way too much to keep a container in the house, but those fudge bars are portioned out for me, so I never eat too much. Pudding cups are good, too.

I bake bars or cookies or a cake of some kind every weekend. My family is so great about eating healthy all week long so I feel they deserve a treat each week. We usually have company around for at least one meal each weekend, so the dessert is usually pretty well cleaned up by Sunday night. I usually sub applesauce for the oil in any cake I make and cut the sugar by 1/3 in bars.

09-08-2009, 07:43 PM
I had a 90 calorie jello pudding pop this afternoon -- delicious.

I eat dessert type treats like that a few times a week, mostly prepackaged like that (including WW frozen treats).

I do bake cookies, waffles and loaves of bread that mostly just my husband eats. Twice this year I've made a fruit pie -- once an apple pie for my husband's birthday and once a peach pie at the start of summer. I had a small slice of each the original night I served them, and they were great as well as low-sugar, but I eat pretty low and thus don't have caloric room for something like that regularly.

I do keep a bar of dark chocolate in a drawer, and eat a square sometimes (45 calories).

They sell 4 oz packages of regular-cal ice cream at my grocery store. I think half of that is a pretty good calorie deal if you have room. Fills up one of my glass saucers; it's not so little as it seems.

09-08-2009, 08:47 PM
Initally I was doing cookies, homemade, chocolate chip and the like. My control plan was pretty simple. I mixed a half batch together from scratch, and then froze 3/4 of the dough for use the rest of the week and I only baked 4 cookies each bake...one for each family member. Nice warm cookie with a cold glass of fat free milk...so yummy.
Lately I've either done without if I can or I go to the Slim A Bear Ice cream sandwiches for 100 cals or the swissmiss fudgesicles for 100 cals.
I love the ideas of mini candy bars but for some reason I'm not sure I'd stop at one.

09-09-2009, 03:44 PM
Last night I pulled out a recipe that I am going to make for a church dinner and remembered this thread. I tweaked an old recipe that used full sugar and full fat products. I don't have the nutritional info. I will have to figure it again when I get the ingredients and need to write it on my recipe! This ends up about 200 calories per slice. I made it for Thanksgiving and Christmas last year to help me resist all my usual holiday treats. My husband also like it but I can't make it on a regular basis because I overeat it. I have a hard time eating just one slice.

Jello/Yogurt Pie

1 pkg sugar free Jello (any flavor but I like strawberry)
1/2 cup hot water
1 pkg sugar free Cool Whip (may use low-fat cool whip, look at the calorie content)
16 oz low calorie yogurt (same flavor as jello)
1 low-fat graham cracker pie crust

Dissolve Jello in hot water. Stir in some ice to get the Jello to start congealing. Once the Jello is slightly congeal, stir in the yogurt and cool whip. Pour in pie crust and let set for 4 hours before service.

For an additional treat, add in some fresh fruit. We really like this best frozen and it will keep in the freezer for a long time. That is if I don't eat it all!

09-09-2009, 03:53 PM
The last recipe made me think about strawberry shortcake. I like to go to Walmart and get the following ingredients and just put it together.

A sugar-free Angel food cake
Sugar-free strawberry glaze
Low fat Cool Whip

09-09-2009, 03:56 PM
My MIL told me to buy boxed cake mixes (I will have to look for those no pudge ones listed to make it even better!) and instead of adding the water, oil and egg, add 1 can of diet soda and bake.

also not sure how it would be calorie wise for some.. but I am dying for it so soon I will make it with some tweeks...

Pumpkin Spice Dump Cake:
1 boxed spice cake mix
1 can pumpkin

Mix these and bake at 350 till done. (No don't add the egg, oil, water) The recipe calls for cream cheese frosting, but I'm thinking some of the low fat cream cheese whip stuff (the kind in the tubs) with maybe some sweetnlow or splenda in it would work fine.

This stuff tastes just like the horrible for you pumpkin roll!

09-09-2009, 04:01 PM
you can take low fat graham crackers crush them up put them in a small baking dish(a flan dish works great) add some i cant believe its not butter and bake. Topp with sugar free chocolate pudding and light cool whip it taste just like chocolate pie. you could top the graham cracker with anything and it would taste like pie i think