Just because they look sinful doesn't mean they have to do harm. Get creative and find ways to make desserts that actually are as good for you as they taste.
Step 1: Make cookies Make diet-friendly cookies. Try whipping up a batch of dried cranberry and honey-spice pinwheel cookies with whole grain flour and healthy ingredients. Or, make meringues, which are low in fat and calories.
Step 2: Whip up a strawberry angel food dessert Cut up chunks of low-fat angel food cake and mix with thawed frozen strawberries and a container of fat-free cool whip. Chill the strawberry angel food dessert overnight and serve it as a trifle.
Step 3: Make pecan pie Make a low-fat pecan pie with molasses, pure maple syrup, and natural oils, and reap the benefits of the vitamin E found in pecans.
TIP: Pecans contain antioxidant properties that can help lower the risk of coronary heart disease.
Step 4: Use unsalted butter, cocoa, and chocolate Incorporate unsalted butter, unsweetened cocoa, and dark chocolate when you bake to guard against high blood pressure, rapid weight gain, and elevated triglyceride levels.
Step 5: Fix a pumpkin pie Fix a holiday-worthy pumpkin pie. Make it crustless to lose calories. One cup of pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of Vitamin A needed daily.
FACT: In 2010, over half of Americans were convinced that high-fructose corn syrup posed a health hazard, up from 40 percent in 2004.