Top 9 Healthy Desserts for Weight Loss DietSonali Malik
Writing weight loss and desserts in the same sentence seems like an oxymoron, right?
Well, let me burst a bubble here. You don’t have to say goodbye to your sweet tooth even if you are on a weight loss diet. After all, losing weight doesn’t have to be a grumpy journey!
Totally giving up on everything sweet can increase your chances of relapsing after you resume your regular diet.
I understand that the urge and craving has negative impacts too and that is why I rely on healthy desserts while planning the therapeutic/clinical diets for my clients who are diabetic, hypothyroidism or hormonal issues.
So, to avoid extreme deprivation, here is a list of the top 9 healthy desserts for a weight loss diet that won’t ruin your fitness goals. I am sharing below some of my tried and tested desserts, that take care of craving, care and calories.
1. Sugar-free Granola
Granola doesn’t have to be full of sugar to satisfy your sweet cravings. If you are on a weight loss diet, you can still indulge yourself in its goodness. Serve it with some dry fruits and fresh fruits. Natural sugars from fruits well satisfy your cravings and offer the goodness of healthy fiber and necessary vitamins.
2. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is known for having plenty of antioxidants and provides fullness that supports weight loss. 60% or more dark chocolate also offers good fats in addition to satisfy your sweet tooth.
3. Dried Fruit
Munching on some dried fruit such as dates or raisins can help you to stop the sprint you were about to make to the bakery. Not only are they rich in essential vitamins and minerals, but dates and raisins also make excellent sweeteners you can easily replace synthetic sugar with in homemade desserts.
4. Fruit Popsicles
Create a blend of milk and fruits. Put it into popsicle molds and add a stick in the center before freezing them. If you want your popsicle to be creamier, use yogurt instead of milk. Keep in mind that these should be homemade since their packaged counterparts might contain added sugar and other synthetic ingredients.
5. Greek Yogurt With Chunks
Greek yogurt can help to a great extent if you have an extreme craving for ice cream. Not only is the sugar content Les, but the healthy dairy serving is also packed with protein. The toppings of your choice can make it a customized and delicious dessert. For instance, you can add some dark chocolate chunks with pistachios and some nuts of your choice.
6. Chia Pudding
We can’t deny the beneficial nutrition profile of chia seeds. These tiny bits when blended with milk and healthy toppings make up an excellent dessert. While traditionally, added sugar is an essential ingredient of chia pudding, I always recommend swapping sugar with honey. Add some fresh fruit chunks with ground dried fruits and you’ll have a wholesome dessert high in healthy fats, calcium, protein, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals. Feeling satiated would be a bonus.
7. Almond Flour Muffin or Cake
All-purpose flour goes through a lot of processing and refining. This rips it off essential fibre content and can lead to digestive issues. I recommend replacing it with almond flour and bake your favourite cake or muffin for a healthy and tasty dessert. This gluten-free flour is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E and offers adequate protein and fiber.
Keep the sugar content to a minimum and consider adding raisins for a naturally sweet taste. remember to avoid any icing since it is extremely high in sugar and fats. After all, don’t underestimate the fluffy and sponge texture of a diet friendly and nutritious cake!
8. Honey or Jaggery Cereal Bar
Combine cereal, nuts, and butter with either honey or jaggery and make up your own weight loss diet-friendly cereal bar. This comes in handy when you feel your energy level declining or sugar cravings hit you really hard. You can also add some ground of dried fruits for a blast of different flavors. Honey and jaggery will act as binding agents so as to not make your bar sloppy. For more variety in flavor, add a tinge of nutmeg, grated lemon, and cinnamon.
You can never go wrong with having some high fiber and antioxidant-rich berries as Your dessert. Depending on the flavor you like, you can select from strawberries, cranberries, blueberries raspberries, and so on. A bunch of sweet deliciousness with a tinge of tanginess can be a real treat for your sweet tooth.
Extremism is becoming a fad especially when it comes to following diets for weight loss. But if you completely deny your taste buds anything even remotely sweet, chances are, you will dive back straight into unhealthy habits the moment you lose a little motivation. Before you know it, you have an empty tin with disappeared cookies and a sugary hangover making margaritas look lame! My point is, dieting for weight loss doesn’t equate to starvation. All you need is some expert supervision, custom-made diet plan according to your requirement and you’ll be good to go.