Smart Dining: Separate Dinner From Dessert

Indulging in a large meal and then serving dessert can lead to over-consumption. Feel good about enjoying dessert by thinking of it as a separate part of the meal. Start with portion-controlled lunches and dinner; then consider these healthy (but still delicious) desserts.

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Personal Pizza

Lucy Schaeffer

Personal Pizza

Personal pizzas ration portion size and leave plenty of room for dessert. Use whole-wheat dough and a lean protein, such as chicken. Pair them with a healthier dessert option like chocolate-dipped fruit, and your family will get a well-rounded meal that's rich in important nutrients and not too high in fat.

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BLT In A Bowl

Jim Franco

BLT In A Bowl

Make your bacon and eat it, too! There's no reason to miss out on savory bacon when it's mixed with fresh greens, grape tomatoes and low-fat croutons. BLT is a flavor combination that kids love, and this dish is light enough to be followed by a nutritious dessert.

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Starry Chocolate Fruit

Paula Hible

Starry Chocolate Fruit

Make better use of your cookie-cutters and try them out on fresh fruit. We dipped our fruit in bittersweet chocolate for a delicious (and healthy!) dessert that's fun to eat.

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Oatmeal Cookies

Blaine Moats

Oatmeal Cookies

The goodness of rolled oats brings a wealth of nutrition to an otherwise empty-calorie cookie. Adding dried fruit such as raisins or dried cranberries, instead of chocolate chips, cuts down on sugar and fat.

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Fruit Sundae Cones

Fruit Sundae Cones

Kids love waffle cones, but the standard ice cream filling is loaded with calories and fat. This version uses fresh fruit and a simple strawberry puree to create a refreshing dessert that's also good for you.

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