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!

Trio of Healthful Fruit Desserts

The Fruit Desserts

The fruit desserts you find here are only minimally sweetened and based on fruit and grains.

Dishes like the Lemon Semolina Pudding are somewhat heavier than the fruit desserts, but also high in protein, and provide you with amino acids that may be lacking in the rest of the meal.

Healthy Fruit Desserts

Healthy Fruit Desserts: Melon With Ginger Lemon Syrup Recipe

Any sweet melon can be used such as cantaloupe, honeydew, or watermelon. The light taste of ginger gives it an unexpected lift.

Ingredients:Fresh melons

1 inch-long slice ginger root, grated or shredded
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
1-1/2 teaspoons arrowroot
2 cups sliced sweet melon
1-1/2 teaspoons mint or Italian parsley for garnish


Add the ginger, sugar, and lemon juice to the 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Let cook for a few minutes. Dilute the arrowroot in 2 tablespoons of cold water. Stir into the liquid after it has simmered for a while. When it starts to thicken, turn off the heat. Let it cool. Divide the melon slices into 4 bowls, drizzle the syrup over each portion. Garnish with mint or parsley and serve. Yield: 2 cups (4 servings).

Nutrition information per serving:
Serving size: 1/2 cup
51 calories
0.2 grams total fat
0.2 grams saturated fat
0 milligrams cholesterol

Healthy Fruit Desserts

Healthy Fruit Desserts: Mango Compote

Ingredients:Fresh mango

5 large ripe mangoes
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 cups sauterne


Peel the mangoes and slice them from the stones in about 1/8-inch slices. Put them in a shallow dish and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons lime juice. Pour 2 cups sauterne over the mangoes. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before serving and taste for lime juice. There should be a hint of lime flavor. Add more juice if necessary. Yield: 2 cups (4 servings).

Nutrition information per serving:
Serving size: 1/2 cup
249 calories
0.8 grams total fat
0.1 grams saturated fat
0 milligrams cholesterol

Healthy Fruit Desserts

Healthy Fruit Desserts: Lemon Semolina Pudding

Even though it uses semolina, this fruit dessert is very light and has the delightful tartness of lemon.

Ingredients:Fresh lemon

2-1/4 cups water
1/2 cup semolina
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons apple juice concentrate
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Fresh mint leaves for garnish


Bring the water to a boil and gradually whisk in the semolina, stirring to prevent lumps from forming. Let cook about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat. Whisk in the lemon juice, honey, sugar, juice concentrate, and zest. Cool.

Serve garnished with mint leaves. Serving size: 1/2 cup.

Nutrition information per serving:
71 calories
0.3 grams total fat
trace saturated fat
0 milligrams cholesterol