Does eating dessert make you feel guilty?

There’s no need to always skip dessert or restrict yourself to sugar-free Jelly to satisfy your sweet tooth. Follow some simple guidelines and you’ll never have to deprive yourself again.

Keep your portions small. If baking at home, substitute skim milk or low-fat evaporated milk instead of cream. Don’t neglect seasonal fruit. Use homemade whipped cream and when dining out, order one dessert and forks for everyone.

Here is a list of healthier desserts that still manage to taste great.

Angel food cake with fresh fruit: Angel food cake is so easy to make, the recipe calls for six ingredients. A slice has roughly 120 calories, no cholesterol, no saturated fat and little to no total fat. Offer a slice of cake with bowls of toppings to choose from: homemade whipped cream, fresh fruit, dried fruit, crushed nuts or crushed dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate fondue: Who doesn’t like to dip fruit in chocolate? Using a 70% dark chocolate cures your chocolate craving and gives the benefit of antioxidants. Dip with bananas, strawberries or even dried fruits (apricots are great). To control portions, cut up one fruit and only melt a small serving of chocolate. It’s a great way to sneak fruit into kids’ diets.

Baked apples: The sweetness of baked apples makes them a great dessert. And they look impressive at a dinner party despite being simple to make. Core an apple and stuff with fixings of your choice. Try mixing a dash of brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins or currants, and walnuts. This dessert offers up a healthy dose of antioxidants (in both the fresh and dried fruit and even cinnamon) and omega-3 fatty acids (in the nuts). Top with a dot of butter (1/2 teaspoon). Bake in the oven at 180? C for about 35-40 minutes, or until soft but not mushy.

Low-fat chocolate pudding: Made with skim milk, pudding is low in fat (about 3 ½ grams per serving), low in total calories (about 200 per serving) and homemade. It’s easy to make and will hold in the fridge for the week. You control the ingredients and portions.

Almond biscotti: This Italian twice-baked biscuit comes in at less than 100 calories each and only one gram of fat. Almonds offer a great dose of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant associated with preventing heart disease, certain cancers and strokes. They also contain a respectable amount of calcium. They’re great to dip in your after-dinner coffee.

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