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.