Low Calorie Versions of Candy, Cookies, Dessert

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on July 2, 2009

candyI love dessert! I have the biggest sweet tooth ever – candy, cookies, chocolate, ice cream – you name it – I’m a fan. If I’m at a dessert buffet, it’s always really hard to resist temptation!

Even though all this junk isn’t good for you, depriving yourself completely isn’t necessairly the way to go. If you totally deprive yourself you’ll only crave it more, and eventually you’ll go nuts and eat like 5 chocolate bars and your whole healthy living plan will be gone. Junk food is ok – in extreme moderation.

Because I’m a candy addict, I took the initiative to find “healthier” dessert options when I have my sweet tooth cravings!

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Here are a few tips/healthier sweet options:

jb1) Jellybellies: This is a great alternative to skittles, starburst, etc. One jellybean has only 4 calories!! That means you can have 10 jellybeans and you’ll have only racked up 40 calories. The flavors are great too and will keep your taste buds happy πŸ™‚

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2) Chips Ahoy 100 Calorie Packs: These packages have 15 mini cookies in them. And you’ll only end up eating 100 calories, even if you finish the whole pack! It’s not the same as chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven, but it’s a great snacky alternative. There are tons of other 100 calorie options from Nabisco – I like the Oreo 100 Calorie Packs and the Lorna Doone Shortbread 100 calorie packs. Other good cookie options: Trader Joe’s Organic Animal Crackers. Each cookie/biscuit is about 7 calories! Sometimes I’ll make a little snack mix with 2 Chips Ahoy cookies, 2 Oreo cookies, 2 Shortbread cookies and 3 Animal Crackers. That mix is only about 50 calories!

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cdy_3_musketeers_mint_dark_chocolate_24ct3) Mini 3 Musketeers – Mint: This is the greatest chocolate snack ever! If you like mint/dark chocolate you’ll love this. One mini musketeers has only 25 calories! All of the “mini” versions of Mars snacks are pretty low in calories too. Reeses mini cups are about 40-50 calories per cup, Rollos are about 40 calories, Snickers are 40-50 calories per snack, Regular 3 musketeers are 30 calories, Milky Way is 40 calories. If you eat 2-3 of these you’ll get your chocolate fix but will only have eaten up to 100 calories. I like having 2 mini mint musketeers and 1 Reeses mini peanut butter cup – 100 calorie dessert!

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jello4) Jello Sugar Free Pudding Cups: These are only 60 calories per cup and are a great cooling snack for the summer! Chocolate is my favorite flavor πŸ™‚

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3529435576_f4d48eaa7d5) Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream: This is a great alternative to regular ice cream. Each 1/2 cup serving only has about 120 calories max, with only ~30% of those calories from fat! They have TONS of flavors to choose from – my favorite is Cookie Dough.

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These are my favorites when it comes to healthy/low calorie dessert alternatives. What are some of yours?


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

eatlivetravelwrite July 3, 2009 at 4:30 am

I don’t think eating handfuls of mini Musketeers (like I do) really counts as being “healthy”!

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anjalim July 3, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Hahaha! Yes – well I guess the caveat here is that none of these options are true “healthy foods.” But they’re healthier alternatives to the full fat junk foods out there πŸ™‚ Try sticking to 2 of the mini musketeers – that’ll only end up costing you about 50-60 calories max!

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eatlivetravelwrite July 4, 2009 at 3:19 am

Oh of course I realise that I *should* eat only a couple…

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anjalim July 5, 2009 at 11:54 am

haha! good point πŸ™‚

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Amy M. April 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

Some of my favorite easy “desserts” – sugar-free Fudsicles or popsicles! One Fudgsicle only has 40 calories, while a popsicle only has around 15.

Another favorite is to make microwave smores using one graham cracker, 10 semi-sweet chocolate chips, and two marshmallows. In all, it ends up being around/under 100 calories!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Those are great ideas Amy!! I will definitely have to try your smores recipe soon – that sounds absolutely delicious! πŸ™‚

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