Floral dresses, pastel colors and tulips are the telltale signs that spring is officially here! Easter marks another spring milestone, as do the jelly beans, marshmallow Peeps and chocolate rabbits. Having Easter dinner this Sunday? Here are a few healthy alternatives to bring to the table that won't undo all your hard work.
Cherry Cordials: 165 calories, 6 grams fat per three pieces
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries: 75 calories, 5 grams fat
Savings: 90 calories, 1 gram fat
Directions: Swirl bottom halves of three whole medium strawberries in melted chocolate (use half a semisweet chocolate square).
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French Cruller: 170 calories, 8 grams fat
Faux-French Cruller: 55 calories, less than 1 gram fat
Savings: 115 calories, 7 grams fat
Directions: Split 2 ladyfingers and coat on all sides with a butter-flavored cooking spray, then with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Ice-Cream Sandwich: 200 calories, 7 grams fat
Ice Cream on Chocolate Wafers: 75 calories, 2 grams fat
Savings: 125 calories, 5 grams fat
Directions: Spread two tablespoons low-fat ice cream between two reduced-fat chocolate wafers. Roll sides in 1 teaspoon chocolate sprinkles. Wrap and freeze.
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Chocolate Layer Cake: 235 calories, 11 grams fat for 1/8 of a cake prepared from an 18-ounce cake mix
Angel-Devil Cake: 165 calories, 3 grams fat
Savings: 70 calories, 8 grams of fat
Directions: Take a 1-ounce piece of angel food cake and cut into two thin slices. Spread 1/4 cup low-fat chocolate pudding between the slices. Sprinkle with some cocoa powder and garnish with 2 tablespoons light whipped topping.
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Lemon Meringue Pie: 305 calories, 10 grams fat for 1/6 of an 8-inch pie
Light Lemon Square: 95 calories, 4 grams fat
Savings: 210 calories, 6 grams fat
Directions: Spread 1 graham cracker square with 1 tablespoon lemon curd (in the jelly aisle); sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
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