Enjoy Your Favorite Desserts Guilt Free

How to Enjoy Your Favorite Desserts Guilt Free

Enjoy your favorite desserts guilt free with the following tips. Whether your favorite dessert is a creamy cheesecake, frosting-filled layer cakes, or old-fashioned apple pie, use the tips below to help you enjoy it in guilt-free fashion.

Favorite Desserts Layer Cake Topped with Berries
Layer Cake Topped with Berries
  • Check out portion sizes. Before you dig in, read the food package label for suggested serving size. If you cut a double-sized slice of cake for yourself, you’re doing double the damage in terms of calories and fat.
  • Try a smaller serving. Granted, many of these portions aren’t gigantic to begin with. But most can be pared down a bit to save some additional calories and fat.
  • Take your time. Indulgences like these deserve your time and attention. Don’t gulp your piece of cake or pie in a rush. Enjoy it slowly, savoring each bite. It will last longer, plus you’ll be able to fully taste and appreciate each morsel.
  • Make room for dessert. Try to fit in an extra walk or exercise class a few times a week. On down days, when there are no holiday parties on the agenda, follow your best healthy eating routines. This combination can help you fit in a few desserts over the course of the holiday season without weight gain.

Supermarket Suggestions to Help You Enjoy Your Favorite Desserts Guilt Free

  • Cake. One-eighth of Trader Joe’s Opera Cake is 160 calories whereas one-eight of Entenmann’s Chocolate Chip Iced Cake is 330 calories.
  • Cheesecake. Trader Joe’s New York Deli Style Baked cheesecake – one-seventh of the cake – is 400 calories! Consider buying Sara Lee’s Original Cream Cheesecake instead. The strawberry contains 310 calories per one-fourth of the cake. The original version contains 320 calories per one-fourth cake. Learn more about Trader Joes Foods.
  • Pie. Edward’s Banana Cream Pie contains 480 whopping calories per one-sixth of the pie. Take Edward’s Boston Cream Pie instead, and have one-tenth of the pie for only 210 calories.

Our Top 3 Picks: Weight Watcher’s Single Serving Desserts

  1. Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones Chocolate Eclair: 140 calories, 4g fat.
  2. Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones Double Fudge Cake: 170 calories, 4g fat.
  3. Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones Peanut Butter Cup Sundae: 170 calories, 5g fat.
Favorite Desserts Cup
Dessert Cups

Speaking of Desserts

You may also be interested in our Homemade Shake Recipes ebook for Diabetics – sweet, cool frozen treats and desserts geared toward a diabetic diet!

Sugar, Sweet Sugar

Sugar, Sweet Sugar

Health experts proclaim the average American eats about 156 pounds of sugar a year – at least double what health experts recommend.

Did you know…

Canister of Sugar
Canister of Sugar
  1. A 20-ounce bottle of regular Coke contains the equivalent of 17 teaspoons?
  2. Can you imagine going to your bowl or canister and eating 17 teaspoons at one sitting?
  3. Do you check the content on food and nutrition labels?

Gram Conversion

To convert the grams listed on the food label into teaspoons, simply divide the grams of sugar by 4.2 to get the number of teaspoons.

For example, an 8-ounce container of fat free fruit yogurt has 43.1 grams, or 10.3 teaspoons. (43.1 divided by 4.2 equals 10.3).

The USDA recommends that the average person eat no more than 10 teaspoons per day.

Sweet Usefulness

But sugar isn’t all bad! We simply cannot leave out its good points.

Sugar Cubes

  • In small amounts, it helps yeast begin producing gas for raising yeast dough.
  • It tenderizes dough’s and batters for baked goods.
  • It helps brown baked goods.
  • It makes the crumb of baked goods moist.
  • It aids in the structure of cakes.
  • It is the white sugar in cookie dough that helps spreading to occur during baking.

The “sweet stuff” is such an integral part of our lives that to cut it out would be to remove much of the pleasure of eating. But, it does not have to be that way. Check out “Reduce Sugar, Not Flavor” on our sister site for information on reducing sugar intake, without reducing the sweet pleasure to your palate.

A Bit of History

In 1807, brothers William and Frederick Havemeyer immigrated to the United States from England to start a cane sugar refinery in lower Manhattan.

Five generations of Havemeyers supervised the company’s growth and expansion throughout the nineteenth century, adopting the most progressive methods in the industry.

In 1809, Henry Havemeyer organized the American Sugar Refining Company, which produced nearly all of the sugar in the United States at that time. The company, renamed Amstar Corporation, eventually became Tate and Lyle North American Sugars, Inc., which today owns the Domino brand.

Did you know?

During World War II, GIs called a letter from one’s sweetheart a “sugar report“.

Brown sugar won’t harden if you store it in the freezer.