What sweets do not harm the figure

So, you want to lose weight, but cravings for sweets are your main issue?

Let’s see how you can ease the harsh weight loss process, i.e. which sweets you can eat during a weight loss diet without hindering the results.

Fruits

Number one summer dessert, fruits and berries, are undeniably useful due to their high content of:

  • vitamins,
  • minerals,
  • organic acids,
  • essential oils,
  • fiber.

They also contain plenty of other nutrients, required for our health and beauty.

These summer gifts are better consumed in their fresh form, as well as used to make:

  • dessert soups,
  • salads,
  • juices,
  • fruit drinks,
  • smoothies and cocktails.

Daily norm of fruit and berries: not less than 400 g

Caloric content (in 100 g):

  • strawberries – 36 kcal,
  • raspberries – 44 kcal,
  • black (red) currants – 44 kcal,
  • apricots – 49 kcal,
  • sour cherry (sweet cherry) – 52 kcal,
  • homemade jam – 200-300 kcal.

Candied Fruits: Moderation is the Key Word

Candied fruits are made of:

  • fruits,
  • berries,
  • sweet vegetables (pumpkin, carrots, beets, turnips),
  • citrus peels,
  • nuts.

These are cooked in sugar syrup and dried in the oven. Distant “relatives” of dried fruits are criticized by some nutritionists for their high sugar content. However, all experts unanimously agree that candied fruits for dessert are still better than cookies or bonbons.

In addition, candied fruits are rich in beta-carotene, vitamins A, PP, B1, B2, C, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and fiber. This delicacy tones up the nervous system, and namely:

  • improves memory,
  • increases efficiency,
  • boosts self-control.

Avoid bright candied fruits. Manufacturers use chemical dyes in their production process.

Daily norm of candied fruits: about 30 g

Caloric content (in 100 g): 216-231 kcal, depending on the initial product.

Dried Fruits: An Unequivocal YES!

These are a long known to mankind dessert and one of the most recommended by modern nutritionists useful snack. You can choose from:

  • raisins,
  • prunes,
  • dried apricots,
  • dried apples,
  • dried pears and etc.

Dried fruits are a “concentrate” of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. This delicacy normalizes the metabolism and the cardiovascular system function, removes toxins from the body, contributes to the loss of excess weight, and improves the skin condition.

Better rinse dried fruits with warm water, rather than boiling water, to preserve vitamins.

Dried fruits are one of the best useful treats, since they are a natural product, and are super rich in:

  • vitamins,
  • pectins,
  • fiber,
  • antioxidants,
  • fructose,
  • bioflavonoids.

Of course, aside from being useful, they are also quite high in calories, so, indulging yourself with dried apricots-prunes-raisins, don’t forget about moderation.

Daily norm of dried fruits: about 30 g

Caloric content (in 100 g):

  • dried apricots – 240 kcal, • raisins – 250 kcal,
  • apples – 255 kcal,
  • pears – 213 kcal,
  • prunes – 222 kcal.

Halva/Halawa: Dangerous Temptation!

Halva is the eastern sweet, loved all around the globe. It is incredibly tasty and useful, and easy to digest. It is a source of valuable:

  • vegetable proteins,
  • vegetable fats (which contain no cholesterol by definition),
  • polyunsaturated fatty acids,
  • minerals (potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron),
    vitamins (A, E and B).

Due to this rich content of useful substances, this delicacy provides multiple benefits for our body, including:

  • skin condition improvement,
  • cardiovascular system strengthening,
  • polyunsaturated fatty acids,
  • body rejuvenation,
  • reproductive function activation.

The caloric content of this delightful dessert is high, so you should not to pamper yourself with halva too often.

The daily norm of halva: 20-30 g

Caloric content (in 100 g): 500-570 kcal

Dark Chocolate: Moderation is the Key Word

Love the right chocolate – dark (black) or bitter – and you will be awarded find with an excellent health and beautiful figure. For their high content of cocoa products (at least 55%), both of these chocolate varieties are sometimes considered as one. Other times they are separated, noting that bitter chocolate contains no milk fats and sugar.

High-quality chocolate is an excellent:

  • antidepressant (the source of the “happiness hormone”, serotonin),
  • aphrodisiac,
  • storehouse of antioxidants,
  • flavonoids that are beneficial for the heart and blood vessels,
  • vitamins,
  • minerals.

The vegetable protein of cocoa is useful due to the fact that it does not contain cholesterol, is slowly digested and, therefore, provides a longer-lasting satiety. Tannin substance in chocolate regulates the work of the digestive system and promotes detox.

Daily norm of chocolate: 20-30 g

Caloric content (in 100 g): 550-650 kcal.

Honey: Moderation is the Key Word

Honey is the most ancient delicacy and medicine known to man. By its calorie content, honey is equal to sugar, yet it seriously outweighs sugar by its usefulness. Honey is recommended in lower immune response, as well as with intensive physical loads as a natural energy source.

Honey is rich in:

  • vitamins of group B, PP, C,
  • essential oils,
  • organic acids,
  • natural sugars – fructose and glucose,
  • bioflavonoids-antioxidants,
  • enzymes and minerals (magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium, calcium, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, etc.).

Those who do not like honey or are prone to allergies to this product, can try adding natural maple syrup to their menu. It contains a lot of potassium, calcium, iron and useful sugar – dextrose.

Daily norm of honey: 50-80 (100) g

Caloric content (in 100 g): 320-415 calories, depending on the type of flower stem.

Ice Cream: A Dangerous Temptation!

The most popular cool summer dessert, of course, is ice cream. Of course, natural ice cream, made of all required ingredients, including high-fat cream, sugar, etc., is the most high-fat and nutritious. However, 200 g of this dessert without fillers (chocolate, nuts, cookies, etc.) contains the daily norm of minerals and microelements for an adult. The most low-calorie kind of ice cream is fruit ice, made of freshly squeezed cherry or grapefruit juice without sugar.

Daily norm of ice cream: 60-100 g

Caloric content (in 100 g):

  • creamy – 183 kcal,
  • milk – 126 kcal,
  • fruit and berry – 110,8 kcal,
  • fruit ice – 68-71 kcal.

Marmalade: Moderation is the Key Word

Marmalade is made with either of these thickening agents:

  • pectin,
  • gelatin,
  • agar-agar (vegetable analogue of gelatin).

Marmalade does not contain any fats. When buying marmalade, it is useful to check out its composition, indicated on the label, so as not to purchase a product with an abundance of “chemicals”.

Home options for replacing marmalade – jelly, which you make of natural freshly squeezed juices with gelatin or starch, and not of the concentrates you can buy in the supermarkets.

Marmalade contains very few microelements. All calories come from carbohydrates – sugars. Carbohydrates will burn quickly and will not deposit on your waist, if you do not eat packs and packs of these sweets. One or two pieces with tea after the main meal once or twice a week is a sufficient amount.

Daily norm of marmalade: 30 g

Caloric content (in 100 g): 300 kcal.