The Healthiest Fast Food Dessert Choices

by Andy on August 1, 2012

One of the hardest parts of losing weight is giving up dessert. Dessert is usually the best part of a meal, after all, and forgoing it just makes dieting seem like a punishment. The good news is, though, that even fast food restaurants tend to have a few health dessert options.

The Obvious Choices

The healthiest fast food dessert choices are not always the most appetizing. These are choices are those that are most highly recommend by most diet plans, nutritionists, and all of your friends who never seem to put on a pound after eating a large pizza. These choices are, of course, the various fruit and yogurt products offered by most major fast food chains. These products are usually the only “healthy” option on the entire menu, kept in a small refrigerator behind the front desk. When your order these items, feel free to observe the shock of the person taking your order – after all, you may be the only person that makes the attempt.

Possibly the most popular, and certain best tasting, of these healthy fast food dessert options is the McDonald’s Fruit and Yogurt Parfait. It manages to be tasty and filling while only checking in at one hundred and sixty calories, and only has one gram of saturated fat. For those who are even more health conscious, there are even slimmer snacks available. McDonald’s has a one hundred calorie set of apple slices with caramel, and those who live close to a Chik-Fil-A can treat themselves to a guilt-free fruit salad.

Sweet Rewards

Those listed above may be the healthiest fast food dessert options, but they are not the only options available. If you really need something sweet, you can still look for the best fast food desserts that can please your taste buds without expanding your waist. Calorie counters, for example, might be happy with Wendy’s small chocolate frosty. It is a legitimate frozen treat, and only has about two hundred and fifty calories. It does have about four grams of saturated fat, though, so it is still an occasional treat.

If you are looking for something even more ice cream heavy, you might want to find a Cold Stone Creamery. The “Like It” size of the popular Cake Batter frozen yogurt has just over two hundred calories, and only a single gram of saturated fat. You will have to skip all of the “fix-ins” and the waffle cone, but you will have a chance to have a legitimately sweet treat. If you want to go with the healthiest fast food dessert, though, you cannot beat Baskin Robbins. Its “Bright Choices” line is actually made for those on a diet, with its smartest choice checking in at ninety calories and no fat. Best of all, it actually tastes like real ice cream.

Savory Choices

If you do not want something sweet, you can still make smart choices. A few savory options out there can help you to satisfy your cravings and allow you to keep losing weight at the same time. One of the best choices is Taco Bell’s Cinnamon Twists. These savory treats have no saturated fat, and only have about one hundred seventy calories. They are a great way to finish a meal at a notoriously unhealthy location, and they actually taste quite good.

You can even have a donut on a diet, so long as you are smart about it. Krispy Kreme’s plain cake donut has three grams of saturated fat and about two hundred and twenty calories, making it a good mid-day snack. You can only have one, though, and make sure that you avoid anything with a glaze. So long as you can do that, you can have the same kind of donut break as anyone else at work. Other donut companies tend to have very similar cake donuts available, so this dessert is usually available even for those without a Krispy Kreme.

Staying Smart

Even if you do not like one of the desserts listed above, you can be smart about your choices. Always make sure to get the smallest size of dessert available, and forgo any additional toppings. If you really have to have something sweet, try cutting down on the size of your regular meal as well. After all, dropping your French fries is a great way to make room for that parfait, and no one will blame you if you just get a small sandwich in order to get a cookie. As always, smart choices can make dieting easier.

As you can see, you can still have dessert if you are trying to lose weight. Making smart choices is not only a key to losing weight, but also a key towards keeping it off. You may not drop your weight in record time by eating these desserts, but you can learn to eat in a manner that makes you happier with your choices.



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Andy is the resident graphics ninja as well as the resident - resident. One of the longest tenured employees here at Creative Bioscience, Andy has done every piece of art work you see on any of our family of sites. Andy's favorite product is the30 Day Diet

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