Five Ways to Lighten Desserts

If you love desserts, eating healthfully doesn¿t mean taking all your favorite sweet treats off the menu. Use these tips and tricks to give desserts a lighter spin.

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    Add Fiber

    Leave the peel on fruits such as apples and pears for pies and tarts. You'll add nutrients and fiber to your diet.

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    Cut the Fat

    Use light or fat-free dairy products—such as milk, cream cheese, and sour cream—instead of regular versions. If you often accompany dessert with ice cream, serve low-fat or fat-free ice cream or yogurt. And in place of whipped cream, top desserts with thawed light or fat-free frozen whipped dessert topping or pressurized whipped dessert topping.

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    Include Whole Grains

    Increase the fiber and add some whole grains in a baked good by replacing one-fourth of the all-purpose flour in a recipe with whole wheat flour.

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    Add More Zing

    Boost the seasonings. Add a little extra citrus peel, spice, or flavoring extract when you lower the fat and calories in a recipe. They add flavor without fat.

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    Skip the Frosting

    Instead of frosting, top cakes or cookies with fresh fruit or low-fat vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt.

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