How to Eat Desserts Everyday and Still Eat Healthy
Most people think that eating healthy means giving up all their favorite foods — especially desserts. The thought of life without desserts just doesn’t seem worth living, and most people give up on their healthy eating plans rather quickly. The good news is that you don’t have to give up on dessert in order to eat a healthy diet or to get in shape.
It is possible to eat desserts everyday and to still eat a healthy diet. Here’s how you can balance the two:
Eating desserts doesn’t have to mean eating a thick slice of cheesecake slathered in hot fudge, caramel and nuts. You can enjoy what you love and satisfy your cravings by having only a small portion. Instead of eating the whole slice of cheesecake, you can eat half of it, or you can opt for one or two small cheesecake “bites” that you purchase in the store.
By practicing portion control, you can enjoy all the foods you love without overwhelming your diet with excess calories (which are nutritionally empty), fat and processed sugars.
For some, the idea of “portion control” is too vague. Is one scoop of ice cream the right portion? Or are two acceptable? You can take the guess work out by simply counting calories. Say you need 1,800 calories for the day. If you have a bowl of ice cream with 300 calories, you know to deduct your overall total for the day.
Counting calories can keep you on track by giving you a concrete measurement by which to evaluate your eating habits. It also frees you up from limiting your portion sizes. If you want to have a bigger portion of dessert, you just have to account for the calories.
Balance It with Healthier Meals
If you just can’t resist eating that whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s, all is not lost. Instead of giving up on your healthy diet as a lost cause, you can just balance it out by eating healthier meals the rest of the day (or the next day if your binge happened at night). If you ate too much dessert after lunch, eat a big healthy salad for dinner. If you got up at midnight and raided the cookie jar, eat a buffet of fruit or boiled eggs for breakfast.
The key to a healthy diet is balance. When you over indulge in dessert or any other item, just make healthier choices later to provide that balance.
Choose Healthier Alternatives
Many desserts are bad for you because they are made with processed sugars, heavy creams, refined flours and other unhealthy ingredients. You can enjoy a sweet treat without any of the guilt by simply replacing these ingredients with healthier options. Make or buy desserts that are made with all-natural sweeteners, whole wheat or nut flours (or no flour at all), and healthy fats. You can enjoy these in larger portions because they will be naturally lower in calories and will have a lot more nutrients than their traditionally-made counterparts.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up on desserts. Follow these simple tips and you can enjoy sweet treats every day while still eating an overall healthy and nutritious diet.
How do you make room for dessert in your healthy diet? Share your tips in the comments!
About the Author:
Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching chef training requirements. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.