Smart Dining: Separate Dinner From Dessert

Fruit Sundae Cones
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.
Lucy Schaeffer
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.

Jim Franco
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.

Paula Hible
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.

Blaine Moats
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.

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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