Packaged Desserts That Won’t Hurt Your Diet

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We’re convinced: The forbidden fruit must have been coated in chocolate and served for dessert.     

Seriously, if there’s any one type of food that sabotages a day of healthy eating, it’s got to be the post-dinner indulgence. But while you should probably stay away from things like Oreo cookies ( they’re one of the most addictive foods in the world), that doesn’t mean you have to ban all sweets altogether. You’ve just got to follow a few smart strategies.

First of all, opt for a dessert that’s not high in both fat and sugar, suggests author of The Portion Teller Plan. Ideally, you’ll want to stick to foods that have no more than 8 to 12 grams of added sugar, little or no trans fat (.5 g tops), and less than 3 grams of saturated fat, she says. Also, try to keep the calorie count under 200.

Sound like a tall order? Not to worry! We picked some options that fit the bill—these desserts will satisfy cravings without stalling your healthy-eating efforts.

1. Annie’s Bunny Graham Friends

Annie’s Bunny Graham Friends, per 31 cookies

Calories 130
Fat 4.5 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 90 mg
Carbs 22 g
Sugar 7 g
Protein 2 g

Annie’s Bunny Graham Friends

Don’t let kids have all the fun: With 8 grams of heart-healthy whole grains that come in a trio of flavors (honey, chocolate chip and chocolate), these cute grahams are a savory snack for grown-ups, too.

2. Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Oven-Roasted Almonds

Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Oven-Roasted Almonds, per 24 almonds

Calories 160
Fat 13
Saturated Fat 1
Sodium 35 mg
Carbs 9 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugar 4 g
Protein 5 g

Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Oven-Roasted Almonds

Dusted in dark chocolate, these almonds have just enough satisfying sweetness without being a major calorie or sugar bomb. Plus, almonds have been shown to help boost weight loss and stoke the burning of fat and carbs during exercise, thanks to the amino acid L-arginine.

3. Dark Cacao Chia Pod

Dark Cacao Chia Pod, per pod

Calories 140
Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 35 mg
Carbs 19 g
Sugar 11 g
Protein 5 g

Dark Cacao Chia Pod

This portion-controlled treat can be eaten anytime or anywhere, and it contains inflammation-fighting omega-3s that may help protect you from heart disease and diabetes. Plus, chia seeds are known to increase saiety, so may not need to polish off an entire package.

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Source: Eat This Not That

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