This article contains several tips for preparing diet-friendly desserts while still satisfying your sweet tooth.
1. Choosing your dessert recipe
A good way to start off with getting a diet-friendly dessert on the table is to choose a dessert recipe that is geared toward health or diet conscious people. This saves you the trouble of having to substitute ingredients here and there if you are not too confident about doing so. The creators of such recipes have already taken the trouble and consideration of matters related to diet while trying their best to keep the dessert recipe delicious.
Look for specific dessert recipes that are categorized as being low-fat, sugar-free, guilt-free, light, or healthy. You might also want to consider looking for dessert recipes that are for diabetics, people with milk allergies, and so on.
Additionally, recent studies have shown that as cookbook editions evolve, the number of calories for the recipes in the book increase by almost half. This may be attributed to adjustments for the current trends in consuming extra sweet, extra heavy, unhealthy foods. In general, when looking for a dessert recipe, go for older edition cookbooks, as they will be much better for your weight.
2. Substituting ingredients
Where possible, use low-fat or fat-free ingredients. When not possible, in most recipes, there are several ingredients which can easily be substituted with more diet-friendly alternatives. These commonly include butter, sugar, egg yolks, milk, flour, and several others. When in doubt, replace only half of the ingredient amount. After reading this, you will be able to cut the calories you consume by half or even more.
Yogurt can easily be used as a substitute for high-fat baking ingredients such as butter, shortening, oil, sour cream, or even milk. Of course, you will want to choose low-fat or fat-free varieties of yogurt.
White flour can often be substituted with whole-wheat flour for a recipe with fewer calories, much more fiber, and you also get more calcium and protein too. It is probably best to only replace half of the white flour with the whole-wheat flour if you are unsure whether the recipe will turn out right.
Sugar can often be replaced with sugar substitutes such as Splenda or stevia for sweetening foods. I generally prefer stevia, as it is a natural herb which has shown very promising results in medicinal use throughout history. In comparison, Splenda is an artificially developed sweetener which has shown remote possibilities of causing health side-effects.
Search for stevia or Splenda dessert recipes to find recipes specifically made for these sugar substitutes. Another popular alternative to sugar is using fruit purees. If you do need to use sugar, then it is much better to use natural cane sugar, then the refined and processed white sugar.
Egg yolks can easily be replaced with egg whites in most recipes. One egg yolk can be substituted with two egg whites.
When making chocolate dessert, it is better to use dark chocolate in place of the other types of chocolate. Other than the fact that dark chocolate contains antioxidants, it contains less sugar than milk and white chocolate, giving it that rich and intense taste that also fills you up quicker.
3. Additional ingredients
Most of the time we think that the best way to make our desserts more diet-friendly is to cut down on everything. Well, that does help, but you can improve your desserts by adding certain ingredients too.
It is common for people to add oats to their recipes to increase the amount of fiber present. Fiber in a recipe helps to cleanse fat from the body and also prevents constipation. For best results, look for recipes that already contain ingredients with lots of fiber, such as oatmeal cookies.
Many people also enjoy adding ground flaxseed to their recipes to improve the nutritional benefits of their meal.
4. Size of the recipe
Making smaller portions of a dessert can help you to eat less and feel full sooner. In general, just a few mouthfuls of the sweets should be enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. So, divide your recipe in half, make your portions small, and you will lower the chances of over-eating. Eat a small portion, satisfy your sweet tooth, and that’s enough.
Remember that moderation is the key. Eating one small piece of chocolate dessert won’t make you fat. It’s eating twenty small pieces of chocolate dessert that will make you fat.
5. Use lots of fruits
In the old days, people used to eat fresh, stewed, or cooked fruits for dessert, as they did not have the luxury of sweet, delicious pastries that we have today. Just having fruits for dessert, prepared in various ways, can be enough to satisfy you. The natural sugars present in fruits are good for satisfying a sweet tooth and they are healthy for your body too.
Prepare fruits in different ways, and use them extensively as toppings on cakes and pies instead of whipped cream or icing. Serve fresh fruit with low fat yogurt for an amazingly light dessert experience. You can serve fruit juices for dessert too, or even freeze them into popsicles.