• Monika

How fit people do dessert?

When you are trying to lose weight or improve your health and wellness you don't have to say no to everything, including desserts.

These nutritionists approved desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth without stretching your pants, and most importantly they are packed with whole foods goodness.

Enter desserts 2.0

Dark chocolate covered bananas or strawberries

Cut bananas in 1.5 inch chunks and insert a toothpick into the end of each piece. Freeze for about 2 hours. Heat 8 oz of 70% (or darker) chocolate until melted. Coat bananas in chocolate, then roll in crushed nuts, coconut or seeds. To make this even faster, you can use strawberries as they don't require freezing.

If you don't feel like making this yourself, Trader Joe's has you covered.

You can get both frozen berries, and frozen bananas there. They are AMAZING!!! Make sure to stick to the serving size though.

Chia seed pudding

Rice pudding on steroids. Full of protein, healthy fats from chia seeds and natural sweetness from fruit - this is a staple in my house. It's great for breakfast or snack as well. If you don't have fresh fruit, apple sauce + cinnamon works great too.

Recipe HERE

Greek yogurt with fresh fruit or apple sauce, cinnamon and crushed nuts

This protein-rich snack or dessert is a perfect combo of nutrition and deliciousness. Use 4 oz of greek yogurt with 2 TBS apple sauce or a handful of berries with 1 TBS or crushed nuts.

Air popped popcorn with cinnamon and honey

Make your oil-free popcorn at home using an air popper or a pot (recipe here). Finish with cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, or for a savory version use paprika, cumin, garlic and salt. 2 cups of oil-free popcorn has less than 200 calories with 6 g of fiber.

Frozen grapes

Pop grapes in the freezer on a sheet pan for 2-3 hours. Eat them plain or coated in greek yogurt. Throw into the blender to make sorbet. Serving size is about 3/4 cup.

Chocolate & nut (no bake) bars

Recipe HERE

Fresh fruit with home made whipped cream

You can make all sorts of fancy looking desserts with just using whipped cream and fresh fruit. Use shot glasses and layer whipped cream with fruit and nuts or granola for added crunch.

If you don't eat dairy, you can substitute cream with coconut cream.

Grilled or roasted peaches with mascarpone & cinnamon

This is my all time favorite non-chocolate dessert. Mascarpone melts over the warm peaches making it super indulging yet low calorie dessert. Grill or roast 1 peach until it's soft and warm, serve with 1 tablespoon of mascarpone cheese and dash of cinnamon. If you don't eat dairy, you can substitute mascarpone with coconut cream.

70% (or more) dark chocolate

Although my favorite kind of chocolate is 45% milk I do realize that the health benefits start when we consume 70% or darker. Dark chocolate is very calorie dense due to its high fat content so keep the serving size to 1 oz and if you have troubles sleeping, eat it at least 3 hours before hitting the bed.

Banana "ice cream"

This 1 ingredient "ice cream" is a must try. Just toss chunks of frozen bananas into a food processor and pulse until you reach a desired consistency. Add a dash of milk if you like it more soft-serve style. Then add nuts, seeds or dark chocolate chunks for healthier version of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey.

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