5 Healthy Desserts That Will Make You Forget You’re Dieting

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Dieting doesn’t have to mean deprivation. It also doesn’t mean substituting sugar for the fake stuff or pretending that slimming power bars taste good. Healthy desserts are those that are low in saturated fats and refined sugars, but taste as if you’re indulging yourself. To keep from breaking your diet, whip up just a single serving of a guilt-free dessert or set aside a serving for each night of the week.

5 Angel Food Cake

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When you need a carb fix, go to a slice of angel food cake. This light and spongy dessert has no fat in it because you don’t use whole eggs, just the whites. Top your slice with mashed berries, including the berry juices, mixed with a touch of agave nectar or brown sugar.

4 Grown-up Fruit Cup

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Forget canned fruit cocktails or those packaged products with gelatin and fruit bits. Make yourself a fruit cup worthy of your fine taste using 1/2 cup of your favorite fruits, lime juice and a drizzle of agave nectar. Brighten up the dessert with fruits like pineapple, strawberries, kiwi or oranges, and use mint leaves as a garnish.

3 Sorbet

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Sorbets are frozen treats that usually don’t have any dairy in them, making them low in fat and refreshing. To make a simple sorbet, add 2 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of your favorite natural fruit juice. Place the mix into freezer. When the liquid is firm enough to spoon out with an ice cream scoop, dish it out into small freezer-safe containers so you can thaw and devour the sorbet when you need something sweet without having to scrape at a block of ice. For a bright combination that will remind you of a spritzer, mix together lemonade with chopped mint leaves and whole blackberries before freezing. For a sinfully sweet, substitute 2 pounds of sliced strawberries for the fruit juice and add a splash of lemon juice.

2 Parfaits

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A parfait is the healthy answer to an ice cream bar. In a glass, layer your favorite Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and berries. For an exotic delight, mix five thinly chopped mint leaves with 1/2 cup of vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt. Then layer the yogurt with pomegranate seeds in a dessert cup. Now you’re eating like the gods.

1 Baked Apples or Pears

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Apples and pears naturally release succulent, sweet juices as they bake. For a simple treat, cut a fruit into thin slices, dust some powdered sugar and cinnamon over the top and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. If you want to get a little fancy, cut a pear or apple in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a melon ball spoon. Put some of your favorite granola into the hole that you made, add a sprinkle of brown sugar and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Just before enjoying your treat, add a drizzle of chocolate syrup or a dollop of whipped cream over the top of the fruit.

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