Yeah, we all know dessert is not always in the service of the optimal diet, pregnancy or otherwise. On the other hand, denying yourself indefinitely is not a realistic proposition. Dessert is one of the great pleasures of life, right? The early months of the new year are usually about abstaining from sweets, but around this time, the extended winter blahs tend to give way to a certain need for immediate gratification.
But not all desserts are created equal. Some are just straight up empty calories, or empty calories with various other junk thrown in. Others balance that load with some bonafide health benefits. And the calorie range varies widely from one dessert to another. When you’re out to dinner and feeling like a little something sweet to finish off your meal, how do you know which option is best?
The authors of the supersuccessful diet book Eat This, Not That break down the 7 healthiest eat-out dessert options, so when you’re gonna do it, you can do it right. For example, if you happen to be at Cold Stone Creamery looking for a treat…
Cold Stone Creamery Tart and Tangy Plain Yogurt (Like It size with walnuts)
13 g fat (1 g saturated)
24 g sugars
In addition to adding flavor and crunch, walnuts add fiber and are a great source of Omega-3 oils, important for fetal brain development. Alternatively, you could top the yogurt with fruit.
Oreo Crème Ice Cream (Like It Size)
31 g fat (14 g saturated)
38 g sugars
Or if you’re at Ruby Tuesdays,try
Ruby Tuesday Berry Good Yogurt Parfait
3 g fat
26 g carbohydrates
The parfait is a great dessert option because it lets you get your fruit in and doesn’t have to be as sweet. Also, it’s usually served in smaller portions. And the lack of a sugary baked good portion probably doesn’t hurt either.
Italian Cream Cake
56 g fat
108 g carbohydrates
See what you should eat at Wendy’s, Sonic, PF Chang, and other popular chains, as well as the best and worst yogurts (and chocolate bars!) to eat at home here.