Healthy Dessert Options
We all like a nice pudding, right?
Personally, I don’t have a big sweet tooth but I do like a slice of homemade cake and who doesn’t like an apple crumble?
The thing is typical dessert foods are often very calorific. Then, on top of the layers of sponge, chocolate and syrup (or whatever) we often pour gallons of sticky chocolate or caramel sauce, whipped cream, double cream, chocolate flakes, hundreds and thousands…
You see where I’m going with this.
It’s indulgent, overly indulgent.
I know people who love eating out simply for the dessert. That, to them, is the best part. Not the rare steak, char grilled chicken, lamb shank or whatever, but the profiteroles… Each to their own, I guess.
But, are there healthier options on the menu?
In short no. Most sweet desserts are meant to be indulgent, that’s why we don’t eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner because it’s not healthy.
Are there lower calorie options? This depends on the menu but here’s some advice on how to incorporate the occasional sweet dessert into your diet without ruining everything.
By now you will be aware that I advocate a flexible approach to dieting, in most cases. The caveat here being that you need to have a good understanding of nutrition, but that’s what my videos and blogs here are all about so if you haven’t perused all that content yet then do so now, start at the beginning, it’s always the best way to learn.
If your diet is pretty well balanced and you are getting a couple of good workouts in a week, if you are tracking your calories effectively and feel pretty good in yourself then where’s the harm in setting aside some calories to allow a nice treat once a week?
You have worked out that with your current body composition and activity levels you can consume about 2,000 kcal a day and are losing around 1lb of fat a week then on one day, maybe a high volume training day, you consume 1,600 kcal from healthy whole foods and 400 kcal from a naughty dessert because you deserve it. Boom, flexible dieting for the win!
Of course you can make a healthy choice by having a piece of fruit, or making your own fruit salad.
I often just have a square or two of 85% dark chocolate but I LOVE dark chocolate.
Some people when in a deficit and calories are at a premium will satisfy their sweet tooth with a fruit tea or similar.
Have a rice cake with a little light Philadelphia and some blueberries on it.
Of course, you could just eat a large enough portion of protein and enough vegetables in your main course that you are too full to eat a calorie dense slab of cake or pie.
So, there are a few options, you can be very analytical and calculated and ensure that any treats simple fit into your calories while still eating enough good foods to properly nourish your body.
You can avoid the naughty treats altogether and this works for some but as soon as you ban a food this sets you up to crave that food.
Swap your calorie dense desserts for fruit or lighter snacks or sweet drinks to satisfy your taste buds.
Or, you can just eat the cake and suffer the consequences and if this is you then you need to go back to step one in your health journey and redefine your goals because something isn’t right. Your need for cake is greater than your need for healthy weight loss which means you need to ask yourself why your priorities are mixed up.