Count me among that 21%. (Actually, count me TWICE, because that's how far off my diet I fell in 2017!). Here's the thing, though: I love desserts. "Sweet" is my signature style. So although I could vow to give up desserts in 2018 … it's not going to happen. So what's a girl who wants to fit back into her skinny jeans to do?
Happily, there are ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your good intentions. Here are some tips for lightening up the dessert recipes that have been weighing you down:
- How 'bout THEM apples? Unsweetened apple sauce can be substituted for butter, oil, sugar and eggs in many recipes. My favorite choice for this swap? Lightened-up Absolutely Almond Pound Cake®. It couldn't be simpler. Simply replace the ¾ cup melted butter in the directions with an equal amount of applesauce. The finished cake is as sweet and moist as the original version, but a HUGE reduction in calories – approximately 1,100 fewer*!
- Get cultured! Yogurt can also be a smart substitute for higher-fat ingredients. There's no way I'm giving up Truffle Fudge Brownies … but when I use 1 cup of non-fat vanilla yogurt in place of the eggs and butter, I can indulge in Skinnier Brownies without (much) guilt. Hint: I use the Silicone Bar Pan to make perfectly portioned single servings of brownies, bars and cake.
- Freshen up with fruit. Especially after the holidays, when even confirmed chocoholics like myself have had our fill of heavy desserts, fresh fruit makes a welcome change. By using lighter ingredients like skim milk, low-fat cream cheese and sugar-free whipped topping, it's possible to enjoy a sweet and pretty trifle as much as more-fattening fare.
- Eggsactly the right idea. Even something as simple as using egg substitute (e.g., Egg Beaters®) in place of whole eggs can make a difference in reducing cholesterol and fat. I defy anyone to taste a difference between Nana's Apple Cake Mix® made with egg substitute versus whole eggs. (And by the way, Nana's is another great choice for adding fruit to your diet – almost any sort of fruit is delicious in this mix.)
*3/4 cup butter = 1,1221 calories; ¾ cup applesauce = 79 calories
Additional ways to lighten up:
- Use a reduced quantity of mini-chips instead of the regular-sized chocolate chips in recipes.
- Crustless desserts like cobblers have fewer calories than pies and other desserts with pastry crusts.
- Parchment paper, non-stick bakeware and no-stick cooking sprays are alternates to greasing pans with butter or shortening.