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Can’t Take Away Your Dessert But Need to Lose Weight? These 7 Desserts Can Do You A Favor

 

 

Dark Chocolate Cake Pops

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For the moments when you’re craving something sweet, keep this in mind: These delectable little pops—made with black beans—clock in at just 105 calories. (Or you could also try the 140-cal Starbucks version.) Plus, studies show that cocoa levels in dark chocolate can help lower cholesterol and reduce belly fat. Huzzah!

 

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Popcorn

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While we’re on the subject of dark chocolate: Melt a few squares in the microwave for a minute or two, then add it to the top of a full bag of 100-calorie microwave popcorn for a satisfying—and guilt-free—treat. (Sea salt optional.)

 

Peach Crostini

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Grilled peaches, FTW. This recipe calls for a blend of goat cheese and mascarpone, but you could sub in low-fat cream cheese for a 150-calorie treat that still combines everything you love about summer. (Bread! Grilled fruit! Sugar!)

 

Macarons

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Whether your flavor of choice is lemon, raspberry or pistachio, this light and airy French confection will actually set you back only 120 calories. The tricky part? Portion control.

 

Creamy Chocolate-Avocado Ice Cream

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This homemade low-cal recipe will hit the spot, but if you prefer your ice cream store-bought, it’s always better to splurge on full-fat versus low-fat. Here’s why: You’re actually much more likely to overdo it (i.e., eat the whole pint) if it’s missing real ingredients like full-fat dairy, according to studies.

 

One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet

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Or if you’re going dairy-free, this light and refreshing purée is everything you ever wanted in a dessert…minus the guilt.

 

This article originally appeared on PureWow.

 

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