Holiday eating: low-calorie dessert options

By on December 21, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

By guest blogger Mary Manyahilhal, GEICO public relations

It wouldn’t be the holidays without the desserts. The challenge is to enjoy the sweet treats without packing on the pounds. Rather than being a scrooge where desserts are concerned, I plan to keep it “low-calorie” and indulge in a few delicious goodies while maintaining my weight this holiday season.

Here are a few of my favorite low-calorie desserts that are perfect for family dinners and holiday parties:

Squash Pie – Substitute squash for the pumpkin and bake a sweet, orange-fleshed butternut squash pie that will leave your guests wanting more.

Angel Food Cake – Rather than having a high-calorie chocolate-fudge cake, try a slice of angel food cake topped with fat-free whipped topping and fresh strawberries.  That way you can have your cake, and eat it, too – without too much guilt.

Pumpkin spice cookies – If you try the squash pie but you still want to “get your pumpkin on,” these pumpkin spice cookies will fill you up like traditional cookies without the extra calories.

What are some of your favorite low-calorie desserts? Share your holiday goodies in the comments – along with recipes! And as you travel to visit friends and relatives and share these yummy desserts this holiday season, remember to drive carefully and buckle up.

8 responses to “Holiday eating: low-calorie dessert options

  1. Christine says:

    Lo-Fat Cheesecake
    2 packages of Fat-Free Philadelphia Cream Cheese(softened)
    2 egg whites
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 keebler graham cracker crust
    Blend ingredients until smooth, pour into graham cracker crust.  Bake 350 for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool and refrigerate for at least 2 hours

  2. Li says:

    Low-calorie options are great! I always prefer to choose a better choice of food rather than subsituting the food for a lower fat or sugar content version.

    Some Low-Fat processed foods may have higher sugar content to make up for taste, as un-used sugar in the body just turns into fat it really doesn’t lead to a better choice. 

    Christine’s Cheesecake sure does sound good, and cheese as a low-fat option is never wrong! IMO, anyway.

    Thanks for the recipies!

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  4. Jay H says:

    As previously mentioned, my sensative belly restricts me from enjoying the good stuff.  That being said, nothing beats a cream puff pastry smoothered in whip cream.  Yey!

  5. Michelle says:

    Low-calorie Holiday dessert is an oxymoron in my house! :D

  6. Iris says:

    Egg custard and sweet potato pie are low in calories, or just eating fruit. 

  7. carol says:

    Actually pumpkin pie is a low calorie choice. 

  8. Crystal J. says:

    Jello pie: 2 large packages of jello pudding (your flavor choice)
    Skim milk
    2 c Chex cereal, roughly crushed
    1/2 low-fat peanut butter
    1 tbsp honey
    cool whip (low fat/sugar is fine)

    mix cereal, peanut butter, & honey. spread into a pie dish that’s been sprayed with some Pam & frozen. press cereal into sides and bottom, (reserve 1/2 c for topping) freeze for 1/2 an hour. Make jello pudding with the lowest-fat milk you can stand and let set. Mix in cool whip, let set another 15 mins. When set & pie dish is frozen, remove pie dish from freezer, pour pudding into pie dish & top with remaining cereal mixture, then freeze solid for 2 hours. let thaw 1/2 hr before serving.

    This is a good one who need a sugary-tasting blast, but doesn’t need the fat or sugar/calories.
    Enjoy!