No one said you can’t enjoy dessert when following the South Beach Diet. The best desserts are homemade, using the healthiest ingredients possible. Here are some delicious ideas to help make your desserts South Beach Diet–friendly.
the full-fat whip.
Whipped cream is a common dessert topping. Leaving it off your desserts will
significantly cut down on fat and calories. Instead, use nonfat plain Greek
yogurt sweetened with a little agave nectar or a small dollop of fat-free dairy
the sugar. On Phases 1 and 2, replace the
sugar you would use in baked goods with monk fruit all-natural no-calorie
sweetener (which tastes a lot like sugar) or stevia.
butter. Butter enriches many baked
desserts, but it's also high in saturated fat. If a recipe calls for butter,
try replacing it with trans-fat-free margarine (vegetable-oil spread), or in
some cases with olive oil or canola oil. Keep in mind that you may need to
experiment with the recipe to achieve the taste and texture you like with the
"à la mode."
We all know the pleasure of pie with a scoop of ice cream — it’s a common
temptation that really shouldn’t be indulged until you’re on Phase 3, and then
only occasionally. Even then, you can easily avoid this double whammy by
enjoying a few bites of just one or the other. Another solution: Have the pie
with a little nonfat plain yogurt on top instead.
- Consider healthy flour options. Once you’re on Phase 2, use whole-wheat, white whole-wheat, or whole-wheat pastry flour instead of white all-purpose, bread, or cake flour to prepare baked desserts. In addition, you can experiment with gluten-free flour and grain options, such as almond, hazelnut, or coconut flour, buckwheat, cornmeal, garbanzo or other bean flour, and sorghum flour.