How many times per day do words such as "metabolism", "control", "maintenance" or "calories" cross your mind? Of course, many people try to control their diet with the sole purpose of losing weight, but if you truly think about it, weight control is a lot about health control. Women and men alike cannot seem to be able to stop from counting calories. You wake up and you start it. During breakfast, you avoid fat milk or fat dairy products. At lunch, you crave for a dessert, but there is a voice inside your head telling you that desserts are terribly bad for weight management.
Dinnertime comes and you are still counting. If we told you ways exist to enjoy desserts ? more delicious than what you have ever tasted before ? and actually have no issues with your weight control program, would you take our word for it? The secret is in approaching desserts in which the main ingredients are fruits. In addition, you should try to avoid including sugar and fat milk or other fat dairy ingredients. The key is in the lightening of the recipes. In other words, you have to find ways to trim excess fat and fat ingredients, the same as you should trim ingredients that contain sugar. For instance, you can successfully replace butter in certain cake recipes with fat free sour cream.
Moreover, low fat yogurts, fruit juices and low fat milk are ideal to replace the necessary quantities of oil, sugar, margarine or cheese (for the last ingredient, you have always the possibility of using reduced fat cheese). Finally, you have to see just how much you can reduce fat and calories without bringing irreparable "damages" to the taste of the final product. If you already have at hand a recipe, the thing is incredibly easy to achieve. Of course, many of us choose to use their creativity in cooking delicious desserts. You can include in your recipes all sorts of fruits that can cross your mind. If you want to make sure that you benefit from a dessert rich in vitamins, try choosing for your ingredients intense-colored fruits.
Let us have a glimpse of some of the most delicious alternatives available for having a delicious, low-calorie dessert. One easy to cook, sugar-free and fat-free dessert is an original mix of blackberries and pears. For eight servings, you can use four medium-sized pears, one cup of blackberries, zero-calorie sweetener (we recommend the powdered product, because you will need to use heat to cook this dessert), and two lemons from which you should extract the juice.
Make sure you heat the oven at 270oF while you are preparing the fruits. Next, you need to peel and cut the pears in even slices. Then "bathe" them in the lemon juice. Add them in eight bake cups; spread the blackberries on the slices.
Introduce them in the oven and keep them there for 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle sweetener and you have obtained a delicious dessert to serve warm. If you have grown tired with eating the same low-fat yogurt day after day, up to the point where you have started feeling as if it had no taste at all, you can try a low-calorie variation, in which you will include, of course, vitamin-rich fruits. Berries are perfect to suit yogurt in such a recipe. You do not need to bake the dessert, because it is a parfait.
You will come up with a delicious, only 150 calories per serving parfait. You need a quarter cup of low-fat yogurt, a quarter cup of berries (your choice) and a quarter cup of low-fat granola. You also need two parfait glasses.
You take the ingredients and distribute them evenly in layers in the two glasses. Enjoy! You will obtain an even lower amount of calories with the next recipe. It is a simple fruit salad with a touch of low-fat yogurt. The serving will have less than 110 calories, and your body will benefit from the vitamins in the fruits.
You need two cups of strawberries (slices), two cups of mango (dice it, it gives a pleasant aspect to the yield), two dashes of cinnamon (ground), one cup of low-fat yogurt, and four tablespoons of roasted almonds (slices). From these quantities, you will obtain four servings. All you need to do is stir the berries and the yogurt in a bowl.
Sprinkle cinnamon on the mix. Then add the sliced almonds. You may opt for cutting down almonds, and then the serving will include even lower calorie value. You can opt for having a delicious finish to your meal with an easy and fast to prepare orange mousse.
Indeed, you do have to keep away from the chocolate mousse of which you may have been a fan. However, we will use oranges instead of chocolate and the result will prove more than satisfactory. For two servings, you will need four eggs, half an orange and zero-calories sweetener.
Separate the yolk from the whites. You will only use the whites of the eggs. Squeeze the juice from the half of orange. Beat the egg whites until they are solid. Then add gradually the orange juice and sweetener while slowly mixing the composition.
Place the composition evenly in two bowls and then put it in the refrigerator. In the end, you can make your own desserts as long as you make sure you have kept a close eye on those fatty ingredients. In addition, do not forget that sugar-containing ingredients are also out of the picture. Fruits are enough to provide you the necessary amounts of sugars.
In addition, for many recipes you will be using no-calorie sweeteners in order to enhance the sweetness of the yield. If you happen to go out ? for instance, you decide to have dinner at a restaurant ? and you crave for dessert, try choosing the fruity alternatives included in the menu. In the end, you need to remember that the desserts you are eating are as mouthwatering as what others are serving. As a plus, they will provide your body with the vitamins that keep it healthy.
Mick Reade is an Australian chef who has been cooking in commercial kitchens across the country for over 10 years, and has been teaching others how easy it can be to cook healthy and delicious food, for more information please visit http://www.alleasyfoodrecipes.com