Best Desserts for Weight Loss

Most weight loss programs restrict several types of foods and people may feel deprived when not given that food for long. For several people, it is desserts that act as their weakness and makes losing weight hard for them. However, it is important to overcome the weakness in order to maintain a healthy weight. Cautious planning and intelligent choices may permit such people to eat dessert while sticking to their diet. By eating infrequently and in small portion sizes - will make dessert healthy to some extent.

Choosing nutritious dessert alternatives instead of desserts high in fat, sugar and calories is a healthy option. Eating a single serving of fruit after dinner every evening is an excellent way to please yearn whilst keeping the calorie count low. However, preparing fruit in interesting ways offer variety of desserts that are low in calories and high in nutrients and antioxidants.

1. Yogurt Parfait - It is layering of nonfat yogurt with an assortment of fruits which is a great low-fat and low-calorie dessert option. Add a spoon of unsweetened yogurt in a cup and some cinnamon and honey over it for extra taste and sweetness. Add cut fruit such as pineapples, kiwi, strawberries or blueberries. Put a spoon of yogurt for another layer and add more fruit as topping. Yogurt offers calcium, protein, vitamin B-12, riboflavin and is high on probiotics making it a great alternative for a nutritional dessert. Fat-free yogurt is a low-calorie option to ice cream. It is high in protein, which slows down digestion so that stomach remains full for longer after meal. This can aid in losing weight as one may eat less at the next meal. Flavored yogurt with added sugars can be high in calories, so always opt for plain yogurt.

2. Gooseberry/Amla Murabba - Indian gooseberry, is renowned throughout India for its health and digestion benefits. Murabba is an easy technique to sweet preserve fruits. You may buy ready made Amla Murabba from an Indian food store or make it at home. Get 12 riped gooseberries and with caution, pierce them thoroughly with a fork. Combine 10 tbsp. of sugar with 3 large cups of water in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the gooseberries to the solution along with 2 tbsp. of Himalayan pink salt. Reduce the heat to low and simmer approximately 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes thick and spreadable. Cool the murabba completely. Transfer to glass jars and store in the refrigerator for up to one month. Before eating the murabba run the fruit under water to wash away the access sugar. Amla will not only satisfy your sweet tooth and help in digestion but also minimize further food cravings.

3. Grilled Fruits and Low Fat Ice Cream- Grilling fruit by caramelizing the surface helps in extracting the fruits' natural sugar. The sugar melts and turns to sweet, brown syrup. Grilling of firm fruits such as apples, pears and pineapples is easier than that of soft fruits such as mangoes, peaches and nectarines. Use a small scoop of low-fat vanilla ice cream over the fruit to get a scrumptious dessert.

4. Peach Crostini - Succulent peaches and berries with a tinge of maple syrup and fresh mint added to a canapé of cream cheese, make a lovely light dessert. Use low-fat cream cheese and one can enjoy two tasty crostinis for just 80 calories.

5. Chocolate-Covered Bananas - These are simple and easy to prepare at home by microwaving a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. To get health benefits from the chocolate look for high cocoa content. After melting the chocolate, dip the whole banana into it and freeze it on parchment paper for an icy delicacy or sprinkle the melted chocolate over banana slices. Bananas are good source of potassium and vitamin B-6, while chocolate has antioxidant effects and can help to maintain lower blood pressure.

6. Baked Almond-Stuffed Peaches – Stuff the peaches with dried apricots, toasted almonds and crushed amaretti cookie crumbs and bake them in the oven until they are brown and bubbly to get a fabulous warm dessert. Each serving of this dessert is actually fewer than 200 calories.

7. Butternut Squash Flan - Butternut squash flan from Epicurious is a good source of vitamin A. Take a small butternut squash, cut it into half length-wise and seed it. Bake it at 350 degrees for duration of 40 to 50 minutes. Scrape out the flesh and make a puree from it in a food processor. Take a double boiler; pour one and a half cups of warm milk over simmering water. Add this to the squash in the processor and puree for 1 to 3 minutes. In this puree, add 4 large egg whites, 2 large whole eggs, ¼ cup of maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of vanilla, 1 ½ teaspoons of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon of cloves. Process all this for approximately one minute and divide this batter uniformly among 18 3-ounce ramekins. Place the ramekins in a large roasting pan and add sufficient hot water to the pan so that it is filled halfway up the side of the ramekins. Cover the pan with foil and bake until the flans are set up the middle or for about 22 to 25 minutes. Take out the ramekins from the pan and cool for about three hours.