Treat Yourself with a Low-Calorie Holiday Desert
Since a relentless sweet tooth can be the Achilles heel for anyone, having a few low-calorie recipes on hand can be a good idea. If you're trying to shed a few pounds, treating yourself in moderation can actually help you stay on track. Let's face it, if you're famished and don't get your cravings satisfied, you'll start hating your weight loss plan in no time. With the Holidays rapidly approaching, here are a few tips to help tide you over.
We all scream for ice cream. When this creamy treat starts calling your name, take two homemade pizzelle cookies (use a sugar substitute in the recipe) and place a ¼ cup scoop of slow-churned, light vanilla or strawberry ice cream in the center for a homemade ice cream sandwich (under 100 calories). If you're more of a fruit lover, whip up some "fruity fro-yo" by adding 1 cup of frozen peaches to ½ cup chilled plain yogurt. Add 1 Tbsp honey and 1 Tbsp of lemon juice for a real low-calorie flavor explosion.
Chocolate, oh chocolate. When you crave chocolate, a quick change-up can help to keep you on-track. Pop 2 cups of plain popcorn and drizzle it with 1 ounce of melted dark chocolate. The salty-sweet combination will satisfy your need for the dark stuff ( at about 140 calories). Another version of this treat is to slice up a small pear and dip the slices into ½ ounce melted dark chocolate with ¼ Tsp vanilla.
If sweet drinks are your thing, try a hot chocolate shot. Mix up 4 tsp of your favorite low-calorie hot cocoa and stir in ¾ cup warm unsweetened almond milk (around 110 calories). If frozen drinks are more your speed, a small vanilla blended iced coffee with no whipped cream is definitely the way to go. For those times when you're really in a hurry, grab a small handful of dark chocolate-covered espresso beans for a fast chocolaty pick-me-up.
Remember, you don't have to overindulge to enjoy the Holidays. Whether you're cooking at home or dining out, start by replacing a serving of carbohydrates with an extra helping of vegetables. Have a salad for an appetizer and pass on the bread and butter. For any medical needs that arise, contact PrimeMED to schedule an appointment at either of our convenient locations. In most cases, you can see a board certified physician same day.