Many Americans may be on a diet, but making and sticking to a meal plan can be tough. Even so, more Americans are practicing dieting than ever before. In fact, the Calorie Control Council found that back in 2010, 54% of adults were on a diet. While this was seven years ago, this number is important because it represents an increase from 33% in 2004, which was the highest percentage recorded since 1986. And now, this number is set to be higher.
But just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you necessarily have to cut out every food you love. Here are some delicious dessert swaps to make that will still help you stick to your weight loss program and keep your sweet tooth happy.
Instead of cookie dough, try this recipe with banana
Ditch the raw cookie dough and try this egg-free option instead. It’s easy to make: mash a banana in a bowl, add a dollop of peanut butter, some steel cut oats, and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
Instead of apple pie, try baked apples
Core your favorite kind of apple (we love gala), sprinkle it with cinnamon, and stuff it with some walnuts and dates. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and you’ll have all the flavors of apple pie without the extra carbs.
Instead of cheesecake, try yogurt and cream cheese
Mix equal parts strawberry yogurt with fat-free cream cheese. Put some crushed graham cracker on the bottom, and top with a couple slices of fresh fruit. You can even pre-make multiple treats and store them in your fridge for the entire week if you’d like something sweet to grab and go.
Instead of ice cream, try a better for you banana split
Try making a banana split but without the ice cream. Fill a bowl with bananas and strawberries, and sprinkle it with chocolate chips, nuts, and add whipped cream. For an extra frozen feel, freeze the banana before serving.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be hard if you invest your time in these easy diet swaps. Remember that a weight loss plan requires some time and dedication, so if you really stick to watching what you eat, you’ll lose weight faster than you can keep track!