A diabetes diagnosis doesn't mean you have to give up sweets. Try these decadent desserts that modify your favorite recipes into treats that fit your diet.
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Satisfy your sweet tooth
First, the good news. If you've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes , you can eat dessert. But the reality is that you do have to choose carefully, limit your portions, and it's probably best to save them for special occasions. That said, here are 10 dessert recipes to consider making the next time you need a sweet treat. They use simple substitutions to cut the fat, calories, and sugar. Make sure to cut back on other carbs during your meal to leave room for your dessert.
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Black Forest Trifle
Who says you can't have chocolate when you're watching your sugar intake? Made with sugar-free chocolate-cake mix and instant pudding, this moist trifle will have your resident chocoholic licking her lips. Cool Whip trims the fat off traditional recipes and cherries add a boost of vitamin C and antioxidants, which are thought to reduce bad cholesterol.
Don't be fooled by this dessert's sinful appearance. Made with sugar-free cookies and no-sugar-added ice cream, this dish can be made the night before a party and stored in the freezer. Sprinkling chopped pecans will add a nutty flavor and healthy monounsaturated fat.
These festive treats will be a hit at any holiday party. By mixing sugar with calorie-free sweetener, these cookies have just the right amount of sweetness. Plus, studies have shown that peppermint may help with indigestion, in case you overindulge on the buffet.
Using less than half the sugar of traditional brownie recipes, these tasty treats sneak in 1/4 cup of calorie-free sweetener. Reduced-calorie margarine and low-fat dairy products knock off an additional 15 grams of fat. If you're serving these at a festive occasion, add a few drops of red food coloring to the cream-cheese mixture!
Kids and adults alike will gobble up this PB&J in cookie form. Use low-sugar strawberry spread (we like Smucker's low-sugar jelly) to keep the same fruity taste without spiking your blood sugar. Also try all-natural peanut butter, which is naturally low in sugar and full of iron and immunity-boosting zinc.
Fresh berries get a boost with a two-ingredient sauce made from fat-free sour cream and maple syrup. This recipe is perfect for summer evenings when you want a sweet treat, stat—it's ready in less than 5 minutes.
Ingredients: Fat-free sour cream, maple syrup, fresh blueberries, fresh raspberries
You may be surprised to learn that this classic dessert recipe contains just 1 gram of fat and 113 calories per serving. Making your own strawberry sauce from fresh strawberries, orange juice, and calorie-free sweetener cuts back on the sugar you'd find in a store-bought variety.
Making your own ice cream allows you to monitor the amount of fat and sugar that goes into your creamy treat. Make this easy recipe in the summer, when peaches are in season, for a seasonal dessert that's refreshing, full of antioxidants, and provides a dose of bone-building calcium.
Vitamin-C-rich cantaloupe is the star ingredient in this unique, low-sugar sherbet recipe. At less than 100 calories per serving, you can enjoy a summery dessert without the fat, sugar, and calories of ice cream.
Fruit is an all-natural alternative to treats loaded with added sugar, and this grapefruit-and-banana dish is sure to satisfy. The two fruits are tossed with honey and mint, making for a refreshing and fiber-filled end to any meal.
Ingredients: Red grapefruit, banana, mint, honey