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5 Delicious Holiday Desserts With 250 Calories or Less


If you’re like many watching their waistlines, the holiday season can be a minefield of temptation thanks to after-work cocktails, holiday parties, and over-the-top family meals. Then there’s the dessert table. It can be difficult for even the most self-disciplined to stick to one cookie or forego sugary sweets altogether for a fruit skewer or bowl of berries. The good news is you don’t have to. 

Instead, allow yourself to savor the sweets this season without overdoing it. “Choose one to two desserts, not seven,” says Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RD, LD/N, nutrition consultant for RSP Nutrition. “In reality, you probably only really adore one to two of what’s being served; the others may just be visually appealing. Have a modest slice or piece and serve yourself some fruit salad and tea on the side to round it out with fiber and fluid to optimize digestion.”

Another strategy? Offer to bring dessert if you’re visiting friends and family, and serve any of the below festive treats. Each is at most 250 calories per serving, which means you can indulge without feeling bad about yourself. 

Read on for the five mouth-watering and guilt-free desserts. 

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