Eat well and have your cake too: sinless desserts

Eat well and have your cake too: sinless desserts

You’ve worked hard — and I mean really hard — to keep up your diet all week.

You’ve fought off fats and contested carbs with dignity. You’ve shown self-control to keep off the weight you worked so hard to lose.

But then, it happens.

Like a text message from an ex-boyfriend, your inevitable sweet tooth strikes with a vengeance. No matter what you do to suppress it, the sweet tooth always finds a way to creep into your life and catch you when you’re most vulnerable.

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Not to worry, you’re not alone. Everyone suffers from cravings, and it is important to indulge every now and then.

Take it from the all-time sweet treat aficionado: if you cut them out completely, you risk binging later. And nobody wants that.

So do yourself a favor and savor in these sweet but sensible snacks that are too good to cut out.

Healthy ice cream is a reality with Halo Top.

This low-calorie creation is also loaded with protein. With limited amounts of sugar and all-natural ingredients, it’s easy to see why Halo Top is flying off the shelves at the local Whole Foods.

Choose from seven different flavors — vanilla bean, chocolate, lemon cake, strawberry, mint chip, chocolate mocha chip and birthday cake — all under 300 calories per pint. The sweet taste of strawberry pairs well with fresh fruit, or enjoy a scoop of refreshing lemon cake.

However, as summer fades to fall, ice cream may no longer be your dessert of choice. Take advantage of the final stock of seasonal fruits like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

A simple fruit salad with a dash of Cool Whip never fails to satisfy.

At just 20 calories per serving, Kraft’s Light Cool Whip is a go-to pick-me-up for calorie counters.

Chocolate lovers might consider making the transition to dark chocolate bars for a more nutritious dessert option.

According to an article published in “Shape” magazine, dark chocolate lowers blood pressure, boosts HDL cholesterol and helps block the breakdown of fat and carbohydrates. However, as with any food, moderation is key.

Don’t deprive yourself of dessert.

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