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20 Weight Loss Desserts Recipes You Should Not Miss

20 Weight Loss Desserts Recipes You Should Not Miss

Dessert is a delicious opportunity to step back and truly enjoy life. When you are trying to responsibly manage your weight, it can feel less like a joyous opportunity and more like a moment to throw away all the day’s work. Fortunately, it is possible to have the best of both worlds. Thankfully, weight loss desserts do exist. Here are some excellent sweet treats that can actually help you reach your weight loss goals!

1. Super-Rich Chocolate Cake with Maple Frosting

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    Chocolate cake while losing weight? Count me in! This delicious cake totals in at a mere 276 calories per slice. Indulge in the delicious marshmallow frosting and your waistline will thank you.

    2. Dark Fudgey Brownies

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      You would never know these rich brownies were good for you. With some unsweetened cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips, you are sure to keep even the kids happy.

      3. Lemon Mousse with Strawberries

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        Grab yourself a delicious spoonful of sunshine. This light and creamy delicacy makes for a great solution to those summertime sweet tooth cravings.

        4. Chocolate-Cranberry Quesadilla

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          Sweet Quesadilla! This beauty combines all the glory of chocolate, tart raspberries, and the perfection of cinnamon to make an irresistible treat. At only 332 calories, you and your trainer are sure to be happy.

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          5. Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake

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            Cheescake and weight loss can go together? Yes they can. And it is amazing. Get on board now!

            6. Peanut butter Chocolate Chip No-Bake Bars

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              Denying yourself from eating sweets altogether can make any diet fail. Don’t risk sacrificing all your hard work because you are convinced chocolate chip and peanut butter is only for those less invested in their health. Instead, indulge in this not-so-indulgent delight.

              7. Chocolate Zucchini Snack Bake

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                Have you ever tried chocolate and zucchini together? Well, you need to. This recipe totals in at just 361 calories per serving. Your kids will never know just how healthy this bad boy is.

                8. Citrus Ricotta Canoli

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                  This delightful Italian treat is sure to hit the spot. Your friends will be shocked when you report that these creamy pieces of heaven are a mere 260 calories per serving. Get ready to impress at your next food-based social affair.

                  9. Chocolate Almond Macaroons

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                    For those who love to eat a handful of cookies, this recipe is perfect. A single serving contains 5 of these bad boys and only 193 calories. Plus, those almonds will help you stay full and get you that healthy oil your body needs.

                    9. Chocolate Pudding with Bananas and Graham Crackers

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                      Who can say no to chocolate pudding? The bananas add a nice healthy burst to this delicious dessert and the graham crackers seal the deal with an excellent crunch. At just 391 calories per serving, you simply can’t go wrong.

                      10. Chocolate Mousse

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                        Light, airy, and delicious, this is essentially the perfect dessert. With this particular recipe, you can enjoy all the glory of chocolate mousse without compromising the weight loss journey. Is it possible to perfect perfection? I think we just did.

                        11. Fudgey Cream Cheese Brownies

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                          A big part of successful weight loss is watching your fat intake. While these little delights are made with cream cheese, they only total in at 2.8 grams of fat per serving.

                          12. Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

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                            This recipe takes full advantage of low-fat dairy options, leaving the consumer with only 1.9 grams of saturated fat per serving. You can have the awesomeness of peanut butter on a diet. You can even enjoy that awesomeness in pie form. You are welcome.

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                            13. Cinnamon Streusel Crisps

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                              These crunchy little delights are perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth. Recent work in the field of nutrition suggests that cinnamon may help lower cholesterol. So not only can you satisfy the need for sweet, but you can also help your body in the long run.

                              14. Lemony Yogurt Pound Cake

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                                How many ways can you say yum? This bread delight uses the best of the yogurt world to make something you can feel good about consuming. The lemon will dance on your tongue as you sing the praises of this impressive recipe.

                                15. Marbled Banana Bread

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                                  If you’ve got some extra bananas, then I have got the recipe for you. This delicious confection makes for the perfect healthy grab-and-go sweet delight. It’s fun to look at and even more fun to consume.

                                  16. Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

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                                    In this recipe you deliver that delicious (but lonely) frozen yogurt in the freezer to your family in a fun and easy to eat package. With some vanilla wafers and a bit of imagination, these little sandwiches are sure to deliver big smiles.

                                    17. Angel Food Cake

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                                      This sumptuous light dessert can satisfy your cravings and help you meet your goals. This citrus twist makes for a particularly delightful healthy experience.

                                      18. Lemon Icebox Bars

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                                        With fat-free cream-cheese and low-fat condensed milk, these bad boys are guaranteed to delight without damaging the workout plan. Get ready for some lemony awesomeness with this recipe.

                                        19. Broiled Banana Split

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                                          Caramelize that banana and add some delicious berries. Combine this with a bit of nuts and a smidgen of ice cream, and you have perfection on a plate. Get excited.

                                          20. Pumpkin Brulee Cheesecake

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                                            Made with canned pumpkin, low-fat cream-cheese, and some protein-packed yogurt, this recipe is ready to help you in your weight loss journey. Enjoy some epic flavor and some healthy fun.

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                                            Last Updated on July 28, 2020

                                            14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                            14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                            Diet trends may come and go, but a low-GI diet remains one of the few that has been shown to include benefits based on science. Low GI foods provide substantial health benefits over those with a high index, and they are key to maintaining a healthy weight.

                                            What is GI? Glycemic index (GI) is the rate at which the carbohydrate content of a food is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream.[1]

                                            The higher the GI of a food, the faster it will be broken down and cause your blood glucose (sugar) to rise. Foods with a high GI rating are digested very quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This is why it’s advisable to stick to low GI foods as much as possible, as the carbohydrate content of low GI foods will be digested slowly, allowing a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

                                            Foods with a GI scale rating of 70 or more are considered to be high GI. Foods with a rating of 55 or below are considered low GI foods.

                                            It’s important to note that the glycemic index of a food doesn’t factor in the quantity that you eat. For example, although watermelon has a high glycemic index, the water and fiber content of a standard serving of water means it won’t have a significant impact on your blood sugar.

                                            Like watermelon, some high GI foods (such as baked potatoes) are high in nutrients. And some low GI foods (such as corn chips) contain high amounts of trans fats.

                                            In most cases, however, the GI is an important means of gauging the right foods for a healthy diet.

                                            Eating mainly low GI foods every day helps to provide your body with a slow, continuous supply of energy. The carbohydrates in low GI foods is digested slowly, so you feel satisfied for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer from fluctuating sugar levels that can lead to cravings and snacking.

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                                            Let’s continue with some of the best examples of low GI foods.

                                            1. Quinoa

                                            GI: 53

                                            Quinoa has a slightly higher GI than rice or barley, but it contains a much higher proportion of protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the rest of your diet, quinoa could help. It’s technically a seed, so it’s also high in fiber–again, more than most grains. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it excellent for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

                                            2. Brown Rice (Steamed)

                                            GI: 50

                                            Versatile and satisfying, brown rice is one of the best low GI foods and is a staple for many dishes around the world. It’s whole rice from which only the husk (the outermost layer) is removed, so it’s a great source of fiber. In fact, brown rice has been shown to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive function, promote fullness, and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. Just remember to always choose brown over white!

                                            3. Corn on the Cob

                                            GI: 48

                                            Although it tastes sweet, corn on the cob is a good source of slow-burning energy (and one of the tastiest low GI foods). It’s also a good plant source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, all of which are required for the healthy production of red blood cells in the body. It’s healthiest when eaten without butter and salt!

                                            4. Bananas

                                            GI: 47

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                                            Bananas are a superfood in many ways. They’re rich in potassium and manganese and contain a good amount of vitamin C. Their low GI rating means they’re great for replenishing your fuel stores after a workout.

                                            They are easy to add to smoothies, cereal, or kept on your desk for a quick snack. The less ripe they are, the lower the sugar content is! As one of the best low GI foods, it’s a great addition to any daily diet.

                                            5. Bran Cereal

                                            GI: 43

                                            Bran is famous for being one of the highest cereal sources of fiber. It’s also rich in a huge range of nutrients: calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and a host of B vitamins. Although bran may not be to everyone’s tastes, it can easily be added to other cereals to boost the fiber content and lower the overall GI rating.

                                            6. Natural Muesli

                                            GI: 40

                                            Muesli–when made with unsweetened rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and other sugar-free ingredients–is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. It’s also very easy to make at home with a variety of other low GI foods. Add yogurt and fresh fruit for a nourishing, energy-packed breakfast.

                                            7. Apples

                                            GI: 40

                                            Apple skin is a great source of pectin, an important prebiotic that helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Apples are also high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants, and contain a good amount of vitamin C. They are best eaten raw with the skin on! Apples are one of a number of fruits[2] that have a low glycemic index. Be careful which fruits you choose, as many have a large amount of natural sugars[3].

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                                            8. Apricots

                                            GI: 30

                                            Apricots provide both fiber and potassium, which make them an ideal snack for both athletes and anyone trying to keep sugar cravings at bay. They’re also a source of antioxidants and a range of minerals.

                                            Apricots can be added to salads, cereals, or eaten as part of a healthy mix with nuts at any time of the day.

                                            9. Kidney Beans

                                            GI: 29

                                            Kidney beans and other legumes provide a substantial serving of plant-based protein, so they can be used in lots of vegetarian dishes if you’re looking to adopt a plant-based diet[4]. They’re also packed with fiber and a variety of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. They are great in soups, stews, or with (whole grain) tacos.

                                            10. Barley

                                            GI: 22

                                            Barley is a cereal grain that can be eaten in lots of ways. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can support gut health and has been shown to reduce appetite and food intake.

                                            Please note that barley does contain gluten, which makes it unsuitable for anyone who is Celiac[5] or who follows a gluten-free diet. In this case, gluten-free alternatives might include quinoa, buckwheat, or millet.

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                                            11. Raw Nuts

                                            GI: 20

                                            Most nuts have a low GI of between 0 and 20, with cashews slightly higher at around 22. Nuts, as one of the best low GI foods, are a crucial part of the Mediterranean diet[6] and are really the perfect snack: they’re a source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and contain healthy fats. Add them to smoothies and salads to boost the nutritional content. Try to avoid roasted and salted nuts, as these are made with large amounts of added salt and (usually) trans fats.

                                            12. Carrots

                                            GI: 16

                                            Raw carrots are not only a delicious low GI vegetable, but they really do help your vision! They contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and a host of antioxidants. They’re also low-calorie and high in fiber, and they contain good amounts of vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots are great for those monitoring their weight as they’ve been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

                                            13. Greek Yogurt

                                            GI: 12

                                            Unsweetened Greek yogurt is not only low GI, but it’s an excellent source of calcium and probiotics, as well. Probiotics help to keep your gut microbiome in balance and support your overall digestive health and immune function. Greek yogurt makes a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert, or a replacement for dip. The most common probiotic strains found in yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus[7] (found naturally in yogurt) and Lactobacillus acidophilus[8] (which is often added by the manufacturer). You can also look into probiotic supplements for improving your gut health.

                                            14. Hummus

                                            GI: 6

                                            When made the traditional way from chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a fantastic, low-GI dish. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern countries and can be eaten with almost any savory meal. Full of fiber to maintain satiety and feed your good gut bacteria, hummus is great paired with freshly-chopped vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

                                            Bottom Line

                                            If you’re looking to eat healthier or simply cut down on snacking throughout the day, eating low GI foods is a great way to get started. Choose any of the above foods for a healthy addition to your daily diet and start feeling better for longer.

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