Admit it: regardless how full you are from that big, savory meal, you always save room for dessert. No matter how much you try to ignore it, your sweet tooth will constantly pop thoughts of chocolate, ice cream, cookies and cake in your head until that craving is satisfied.

But how can you enjoy a sweet treat without overindulging on the calories? It’s simple—just keep aware of how much and how often you eat. Below are some tips on how you can have your cake and eat it, too … in a smart way, of course.

If You Have to Have Chocolate

  • Cut up any kinds of your favorite fruits (pineapple, strawberries, bananas are a popular choice) and dip, rather than pouring on, the pieces into chocolate syrup.
  • A mug of hot chocolate made from high-quality cocoa (not the powdered mix)
  • Have a square (or two) of dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants.
  • Have a few (read the label for serving sizes) Hershey’s kisses or miniature Hershey’s bars.

In the Mood for Creamy Sweets?

  • Mix honey and/or fruit with flavored or plain yogurt
  • Pudding cups provide a perfect portion
  • Skip the pints of ice cream. Instead, buy single-serving frozen treats like fudgesicles, creamsicles and chocolate-covered ice cream bars.

How to Make Fruit More Like a Dessert

  • Blend bananas and strawberries, freeze as cubes and enjoy them like a popsicle
  • Drizzle honey over mixed melon balls
  • Pour a ½ cup of mixed berry compote over one tablespoon of vanilla ice cream

Dump the Fat-Free Desserts: Most fat-free dessert options have just as many calories as the regular versions. If you’re going to eat dessert, you might as well indulge in the real thing.

Remember, it’s okay to treat yourself once a day, just watch how much and how often you consume. So go ahead—satisfy your sweet tooth, and make your taste buds and waistline happy with smaller desserts!

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