If you are anything like me, you can’t wait for the weekend to roll around, and not just because you have a break from work but more because this is when you get to have your cheat meal / day. But what if you didn’t have to wait all week long just to have a small cheat? It would be great wouldn’t it?


Well, because we know you all crave that little something sweet every now and again, we have 4 dessert options for you which you can fit into pretty much any diet. Don’t worry about sabotaging your dieting efforts because these desserts don’t contain hundreds of empty calories.




1. DARK CHOCOLATE DIPPED FRUIT DESSERT


Although just the thought of chocolate may make you feel like you are going to gain weight, if you swop out milk chocolate for dark chocolate, you may be pleasantly surprised at how healthy this option can be. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants which can help to improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and protect your skin from sun damage. Dark chocolate mixed with fruit, or should I say nature’s candy, make an excellent yet simple dessert! While a piece of fruit may not be on everyone’s sweet-treat list, you may be surprised how some fresh strawberries, mango or even a few slices of apple may help curb your craving. Fruit is high in fiber and contains a plethora of vitamins.



Combine these two ingredients to make a low-calorie, healthy and tasty dessert. Just make sure to limit yourself to 2-3 portions per sitting.



INGREDIENTS


  • Your favourite fruit
  • ½ Bar Dark chocolate

DIRECTIONS


Melt half a bar of dark chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boiling water.
Slice the fruit into bite size portions and dip in the melted chocolate.
Place on a tray covered in non-stick paper and Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Enjoy!


2. BANANA ICE CREAM DESSERT


Bananas are packed with vitamins and fiber, which will keep you feeling fuller longer and also keep your digestive processes running smoothly. Although we only use a small amount of coconut milk, these medium-chain triglycerides may actually help to increase metabolism and therefore weight loss when on a reduced-calorie diet.




INGREDIENTS


  • 5 Large bananas
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut milk

DIRECTIONS


Cut and freeze the bananas.
Place in a blender with the coconut milk and blend until smooth and creamy.
If need be, add in another tablespoon of coconut milk.
Place back in the freezer in an airtight container for 15-20 minutes until it firms up like regular ice cream and enjoy!

If you want to add a little something extra to this simple recipe, top with nuts, dark chocolate or berries. Alternatively, you can add peanut butter or honey into the mix before you blend.




3. COCONUT MILK SMOOTHIE DESSERT


Sometimes all you need is a smoothie to really hit the spot and curb your sugar cravings. This coconut milk smoothie takes just a few minutes to prepare and is extremely healthy.



We have covered the benefits of bananas and coconut milk in the previous recipe, but this recipe also contains strawberries, which can help boost your immune system and help regulate proper functioning of the nervous system, and vanilla extract, which contains a number of potent antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.



INGREDIENTS


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 sliced frozen banana
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS


Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.



4. FROZEN STRAWBERRY YOGURT DESSERT


Frozen yoghurt has become super-popular as of late, but why risk eating it out when you don’t know what rubbish the manufacturers have put in it. Instead, make a healthy option at home in just a few minutes.



The Greek yoghurt provides a good dose of muscle-building protein and gut healthy probiotics and last but not least, the lemon juice will help you to lose weight because of type of fibre it contains called pectin, plus it will help to bring out the flavour of the yoghurt.



INGREDIENTS


  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS


Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.
Serve and enjoy, or place it in an airtight container and freeze for later use.



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