Healthy Tips for a Cholesterol-Friendly Dessert

Desserts can also be included in a cholesterol-lowering diet, with these healthy tips. Svetlana Foote, istockphoto

Dessert is an excellent way to end a delicious meal. If you are watching your cholesterol, the concept of adding dessert may seem a little forbidden at first. However, the good news is that you can have your cake and eat it, too – especially if you follow these best practices for selecting cholesterol-friendly desserts:

Make it yourself.

Not only does making your own desserts give your treat a personal touch, you also know the exact ingredients you are putting into your sweet treat.

You have many options in making a dessert that is delectable - and heart-healthy. Whether it is replacing baking flour with wheat flour, or switching out your high fat oil with a healthier oil - trying some of these healthy tips will ensure a delicious dessert that is low in calories:.

Watch your fat and refined sugar content.

Whether you opt to make your own dessert, or buy one from the store, you should always check your food labels. You should avoid ingredients or desserts that are high in saturated fat, refined sugar, salt, and/or trans fat since these ingredients can adversely affect your heart health if too much is consumed. The more common culprits that contain these ingredients are cakes, cookies, pie crusts, icing, and pastries. Additionally, some whipped creams and puddings may also have a high saturated fat content - but, luckily, there are many low-fat varieties available for those of us following a healthy diet.

 

If you’re looking for some ideas for a healthier dessert, try some of these suggestions:

  • Strawberry Lime Popsicles

Try yogurt.

You would be surprised how a simple dessert can satisfy your sweet tooth without putting a huge boost in your lipid levels. One dessert that comes to mind is yogurt. This creamy dessert isn’t just used for a quick breakfast - it can be consumed by itself or applied as a topping to your favorite fruit or low-fat cake.

Are you craving ice cream, but don’t want the added calories and fat to your diet? Try frozen yogurt, which tastes like ice cream, but does not contain as much fat. If you decide to use yogurt as a dessert, make sure that you check the food label on its packaging before using, since some yogurts may be high in sugar.

Add fruit.

Fruit is an excellent way to add a little bit of sweetness to the end of your heart-healthy lunch or dinner. The great thing about fruit is that you can eat it alone, add it as a topping to your favorite yogurt or low-fat pudding, or incorporate it into a cake or pie. If you’re looking for some healthy ways to use fruit as a dessert, try some of these scrumptious recipes:

    If you’re craving a frozen treat, you can use a blender to grind your favorite fruits, add a small amount of honey (if needed), and place it in the freezer to make a delicious sorbet.

    Don’t forget your toppings.

    Sometimes, toppings can make or break a dessert. Besides fruit and low-fat yogurt, other cholesterol-friendly toppings - such as a handful of walnuts, a light drizzle of honey, or a few shavings of dark chocolate - can also be a cholesterol-friendly way to add taste and texture to your dessert. If you insist on whipped cream as a topping, be sure to select a low-fat variety of cream.

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