Enjoying Dessert

Whether you’re dining out or eating at home, having a dessert after dinner is a great way to finish a meal, as long as you do so in moderation, particularly when it’s a decadent confection. Find out how you can have your “cake” and eat it, too. The South Beach Diet offers delicious dessert ideas for all Phases, including Phase 1. Since fruit is off limits on Phase 1, however, you’ll need to satisfy your sweet tooth in other ways. The recipes below all make a great ending to a Phase 1 meal:

Fruit is your healthiest dessert option on Phase 2, so enjoy an apple, pear, some melon, a banana, fresh cherries, or some berries after your meal. On Phase 2 you can also melt 1 ounce of bittersweet dark chocolate or semisweet dark chocolate (be sure to count it as a Sweet Treat) in the microwave for dipping various fruits. You can also try these delicious Phase 2 desserts:
Finally, we know that there are times when you won’t be able to resist ordering that piece of cake or pie, or the cookie plate. If that’s the case, simply employ the South Beach Diet Three-Bite Rule: Order the chocolate mousse cake (or whatever dessert is tantalizing you) — and ask for extra forks for your tablemates. Enjoy just three bites of that delicious cake, eating as slowly as possible and savoring each bite. Then pass the plate to your fellow diners or, if no one is interested, hand the remainder off to the nearest server. You’ll soon see that just a few bites of a decadent dessert can quickly satisfy your sweet tooth.

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