Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Desert DANGER

I have been counting my calories strictly for the past 10 months. While I absolutely LOVE that I am tinier than I was at 15 years old...there are days when I just want to EAT something yummy! I have come to believe that when dieting the best way to stick to my plan is to create a list of foods that are just not options for me to eat. This helps me to stay clear of foods that will not only increase the number on the scale but will make me feel yucky (I have honestly eaten a piece of cake and woken up the following morning feeling hungover.)

My list of NO WAY deserts:
Ice cream
Pound Cake
"Real" hot chocolate with whipped cream
Anything with the word "mouse" in it
Cheese cake
Chocolate covered ANYTHING (I broke my rule a month ago and bought dark chocolate covered blueberries from costco- I ate about 6 handfuls the second day they were in my house, and finally had to throw the entire bag out....I WENT NUTS)

Having a list of the foods that I absolutely CAN'T eat is well and good, but finding options that let me enjoy an after meal desert is a necessity. Desert has never been a "must" for me after dinner, but it is nice to have it once in a while. Here are some great alternatives that I have begun to indulge in, on the occasion that I want a little treat.

1. Baked Apples
2. Angel Food cake with strawberries and a dab of light cool whip
3. Lady Fingers from Trader Joes
4. Strawberries with 2 teaspoons of honey
5. Frozen Yogurt with rainbow sprinkles from Willow Glen Frozen Yogurt (these days there are FroYo shops at every corner- stay away from toppings such as: snickers, m&m's, cookie dough, etc.)
6. Rasberries and blackberries with dark chocolate shavings (I get a small block of dark chocolate from Whole Foods and keep it in the fridge for this purpose)

Recipes:

Baked Apples is something that I have eaten since childhood. Its no wonder that I have a very thin family, for baked apples was the extent of desert in our home :)
(Serves 2-4 people)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cut 2 apples into fourths
Peel and core the apples
Place a small amount of water in an oven safe bowl (like a casserole dish)
Put a dab of butter on each apple slice (as thin and wide as your pinkie nail-also, you can skip the butter altogether)
Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar over the apples in the baking dish
Sprinkle a teaspoon of Cinnamon over the apples in the baking dish
Let apples bake for about 15-18 minutes or until you can stick a fork in one with ease

Lady Fingers and Strawberry Puree
(serves 3-4 people)

I buy Lady Fingers from Trader Joes: 100 calories for 5
Puree about 8-10 strawberries
Mix together 1 cup of light cool whip and strawberry puree
Dip Lady fingers in the whipped strawberry puree for a yummy desert!

Happy Deserting!!!

1 comment:

cpnavy09 said...

I make a version on the baked apple in the microwave when I am short on time. Just put in a bowl instead and cover with a paper towel for 2 minutes!

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