Mini desserts are perfect for anyone on a diet. After all, watching what you eat doesn’t mean cutting out treats completely–you just have to be mindful of portion sizes. Mini desserts satisfy your cravings without going overboard on the calories. As a matter of fact, the portion sizes are just right so you can enjoy one just about every day. Here are some of the top mini desserts for you to try while you’re dieting.
1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Of all mini desserts you could consume, chocolate covered strawberries are your best bet. The fact that you’re consuming a fibrous and vitamin-rich fruit is the obvious reason. You can make the dessert even more beneficial to your well being by using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate for the coating. Choose chocolate that is at least 70 per cent cocoa for the healthiest option. Dark chocolate contains anti-oxidants that are important for maintaining your health. Not a fan of dark chocolate? You can still coat the berries in milk chocolate. Limit your serving to two or three large berries–any more and you’re no longer enjoying a mini dessert.
2. A Single Scoop of Ice Cream
Yes, you still can enjoy ice cream while you’re on a diet. The key is keeping the portion size small. A serving of ice cream is one half cup, which is exactly the size of the container of a pre-packaged pudding snack. Puts it in perspective, doesn’t it? First, choose an ice cream where a single serving is 130 calories or less. Use a measuring cup as you’re preparing your ice cream dessert so that you don’t spoon too much. You won’t feel deprived.
3. Pudding Cup Parfait
When a pre-packaged dessert, like a pudding cup, won’t cut it on its own, add a little flair and make a pudding parfait. Choose a low fat or low calorie pudding cup (with 100 calories or less) and add a small squirt of Reddi-Whip on top. Dip a couple of Nilla Wafer crackers into the pudding for a more complete mini dessert.
4. Mini Cupcakes
Cupcakes are a delightful treat to enjoy after lunch or dinner. Unfortunately, they’re not great for your waistline. You can enjoy a cupcake guilt-free by simply cutting down on its size. After all, mini cupcakes are just as delicious and satisfying. Purchase a mini muffin tin instead of a standard one to use for the baking. After they’ve baked, ice them or top them with sprinkles. Enjoy one or two small cupcakes. You won’t feel like you’re missing out.
As you can see, mini desserts allow you to indulge in your favorite sweets. There’s no need to eat reduced fat desserts or treats with modified ingredients for the sake of your diet. You’re better off enjoying the real deal, but in smaller portions. Truly, any dessert can become a mini dessert if you prepare it in bite size portions and limit the number you eat.