16 Low-Calorie Dessert Makeovers

Eating healthy while still enjoying your favorites.

1. Serve ice cream in a dish instead of a waffle cone. Calories saved: 50

2. Choose a serving of canned fruit packed in natural fruit juice instead of heavy syrup. Calories saved: 60

3. When baking, if your recipe calls for 1 cup of sweetened applesauce, use unsweetened instead. Calories saved: 50

4. Choose a serving of pudding made with 2% milk instead of whole milk. Calories saved: 50

5. Like strawberries? Instead of a cup of strawberry ice cream, try strawberry yogurt. You can even pop it in the freezer ahead of time for a frozen treat. Calories saved: 100

6. Have a Fudgsicle instead of a small cup of fudge swirl ice cream. Calories saved: 60

7. Top angel food cake with fruit instead of 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup. Calories saved: 100

8. Pie? Have a slice of apple lattice instead of a serving of apple crumb. Calories saved: 70

9. Hold the ice cream on the pie; opt for a plain piece of fruit pie instead. Calories saved: 75-100

10. Enjoy birthday cake — just scrap off the icing. Calories saved: at least 100

11. Trade 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream for 1/2 cup of vanilla “light” ice cream. Calories saved: 50

12. Instead of a cup of eggnog during the holidays, have hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick. Calories saved: 100

13. Enjoy a large piece of fresh, juicy fruit instead of a small fruit slushie. Calories saved: 100

14. Have an iced cupcake instead of a slice of frosted cake. Calories saved: 100

15. Share your serving of chocolate cake and buttercream icing with someone special. Calories saved: 115

16. Enjoy a serving of Jell-O — but hold the Cool Whip. Calories saved: 50

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