Sugars provide 4 Calories per gram, but no nutrients in return. All healthy foods provide essential nutrients and carry out important functions in the body. On the other hand, sugar is a source of empty calories with no nutritional value. Since it has no function to perform in your body, it gets accumulated in the fat cells and leads to weight gain. Sudden sugar spikes can also increase your blood sugar levels which can have a negative impact on your health. However, if consumed in moderation, sugar may not be as harmful. Replace refined sugar with healthysubstitutes like natural sugars found in fruits, jaggery, datesor honey. Sugar alternatives like castor sugar or coconut sugar are also good options.
Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Dutta shares some great tips that you must keep in mind while adding desserts to your diet and making sure you reach your goals effectively.
1. You can have cakes without cream or frosting. A slice of plain, sponge cake or a fruity tea cake should do.2. Load up on fruits and its natural sugars to fight your sweet cravings. Any sort of a fruit crumble is a good option. 3. You can also try mixing granola with fruits and honey to make a healthy dessert.4. Use frozen sugar-free yogurt or skimmed milk to prepare desserts if you want to experiment with something new.5. Ice lollies instead of ice-cream can prove to be a good choice. Watermelon, lychee or oranges, use any natural and seasonal fruit juice to make these popsicles. 6. If you’re craving for something desi, switch to Rasgulla instead of Gulab Jamun as the latter is deep fried. Similarly, pick lighter mithais that are made with nuts or may be a piece of Sandesh.
Here are few desserts that you can try at home and enjoy even if you are dieting, but don’t get carried away.
User Recipe By Plavaneeta BorahBlend the tarty summer fruit into an ice-y delight. Sprinkle some black salt or chat masala, and lick away your lolly till your tongue’s purple.
Recipe by Chef Nikhil and Natasha
Made with the goodness of fresh fruits, fruit juice, yogurtand nuts, this parfait is the perfect dessert to indulge in while you’re on a diet.
User Recipe by Shalini Aggarwal
This gluten-free chocolate cake is made with almond flour, choco-chips and apples. It is wholesome and guilt-free.
4. Ragi Malpua
Recipe by Chef Seema ChandraHere’s the Indian pancake dessert with a healthy twist. This recipe uses ragi flour, atta and oats, to give you a wholesome and guilt-free experience. Dr. Rupali suggests, “Malpuas are usually deep fried, but you can make themon a non-stick pan to steer clear of the excess oil intake.”
Recipe By Chef Aditya Bal and Devanshi
A scrumptiously loaded bar of nuts, oats, honey and butter.Great to bite into whenever a sudden sweet craving hits you or you feel a dip in your energy levels.
Recipe By Chef Seema Chandra
A healthy and hearty dessert made with oats, apples and no flour. Packed with flavors of cinnamon, lemon and nutmeg, this delicious crumble is also quite satisfying.
Recipe by Chef Seema Chandra
Served with the goodness of yoghurt, almonds, fresh fruits and honey, this bowl of oats offers a blast of flavours.
Recipe by Chef Seema Chandra
Muffins on a diet? Yes, it is possible! Made with wheat bran, milk and apple sauce, give muffins a healthy spin.
User Recipe By Plavaneeta Borah
Waiting for your cheat day to binge on your favourite chocolate cake? No need. This healthy recipe combines the goodness of ragi with dark chocolate to give you a soft and moist delight.
About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.