You’re at the crucial point for your New Year’s resolution. After eating right, working out, and limiting your snack intake, you’re feeling good and starting to see some progress. And then the Super Bowl shows up and all you want to do is dig into that seven-layer dip and binge on chocolate chip cookies. It’s time to get creative with your game-day desserts to minimize damage.
With the big game right around the corner, you want to indulge, but you also want to maintain the fabulous progress you’ve made with your New Year’s resolutions. Fear not; we’ve come up with a few dessert recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without setting you back to your pre-resolution weight.
There are a few healthy substitutes in baking that you can utilize. Replace butter or fat in recipes with avocado or applesauce. Add protein to your baked goods with mashed beans, and use puréed dried plums to replace some liquid and sugar. Although it’s slightly more bitter, choose antioxidant-rich dark chocolate over sugary milk chocolate.
Even if you decide to go with classic game-day snacks and desserts, there are a few other tricks to keep your diet in check. Keep portion sizes small: eating two bite-size cookies is way better than eating a cookie the size of a small child. You feel like you gave yourself a treat, but didn’t go overboard.
Display lots of healthy options, like a fruit plate or chocolate-covered fruit, next to the desserts. You’re bound to fill up at least some of your plate with healthy stuff, and you might even satisfy your dessert craving with a piece of melon.
Stay strong with your New Year’s resolutions and indulge just a little bit with these better-for-you dessert recipes.
Aloha Chocolate Truffles
Brownie Truffle Bites
Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.