With planning, you can have your cake and eat it too.
One of the hardest parts of following a low-carb diet can be giving up your sweet treats. According to the Mayo Clinic, low-carb diets allow anywhere from 50 to 150 grams of carbohydrate a day, which does not leave much room for dessert. But watching your carb intake does not mean you must completely ignore your sweet tooth. By controlling portion sizes, reading nutrition facts labels and balancing your meals with your dessert, it is possible to find ways to satisfy your cravings without blowing your diet.1.
Eat yogurt as a snack or dessert. If sweetened with a sugar substitute, it is low in carbohydrates and can come in a variety of dessert-like flavors.2.
Eat fruit. Keep your serving size to 1/2 cup, and do not add sugar. If you want to make the fruit feel more like dessert, try adding a sugar-free chocolate sauce, or mix fruit with sugar-free whipped topping.3.
Mix 1/2 cup fruit with a protein, such as nuts, nut butter or cheese. The protein will help keep you feeling full and will increase your portion size without increasing your carbohydrates.4.
Eat as few carbohydrates at your meal as possible if you want dessert. A salad with chicken and a vinaigrette dressing would do the trick.5.
Share a dessert between several people. Having one or two bites can usually satisfy a sweet craving.6.
Pick the desserts that have fewer carbohydrates by reading the nutrition facts label.7.
Have a diet soda instead of regular, or use an artificially sweetened flavored drink mix. Artificial sweeteners are fine to use in moderation.8.
Substitute some of the sugar in the recipe with an artificial sweetener such as sucralose when baking. You also can simply use less sugar than the recipe calls for, often cutting out as much as half.
- Nut Butters
- Diet soda
- Artificial sweeteners (drink mixes, syrups, etc.)
- Always balance the rest of your diet with your sweet treats. Having sweets is OK, but do not forget that fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains are important parts of a balanced diet.
- There may be health risks associated with a low-carb diet. Always check with your health care provider before beginning any diet plan.