With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Dieting Desserts

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dieting Desserts

How about a sweet reward for counting those calories today!
A yummy treat with a lots of flavor and very few calories.
Orange jello with tidbits of navel oranges, fresh raspberries topped with light whipped cream.

Strawberry jello brimming with sliced strawberries and topped off with light whipped cream!
I set a goal for myself.  My weight has inched up and I want to lose 15 pounds (13 now, since I am down two this week) to get back to my happy weight.
I am not new to dieting. From my all-time high to my all-time low (2 years ago), I have lost more than 50 pounds.
I know what works for me.
Keeping daily calorie intake to 1200.
I don't limit myself to certain food groups but if I want to have the bulk I need to feel sustained, that means lots of veggies and fruits and being aware of portion size. I often use a kitchen scale to be sure portion size is within range.
I eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and usually a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.
And one thing I always do is to have something sweet after dinner each evening.
The trick is just one bite of something wonderful!
My baking lasts all week but I don't deny myself from enjoying it.
I know some people prefer to avoid sweets all together but for me, savoring even a small portion is very satisfying.

That is why the jello parfait is so helpful.  They are so low in calories I have no guilt in having one for dessert or as a snack if I am feeling like I need something between meals.

Dieting Dessert
.32 oz size Sugar Free Jello (flavor of your choice) {Calories per serving size: 5}
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries {Calories per serving about 20}
Whipped light cream (that heavenly stuff in a can) {Calories per serving size 2 Tbs: 15}
Total 40 calories per serving

Orange jello with 1 large navel orange (80 calories) and 1/2 cup raspberries (35) is just a few calories more

Want to join me in dropping a few pounds?  Let me know your strategy!


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Tasty and very pretty too:@)

SarahGeorge said...

I love your snaps:)Beautifully taken! Amazing skill you've got dear Lorraine:)

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Well, your pictures are good enough to eat and the good thing, no calories... I keep saying your photography is outstanding...yes, I sound like a broken record but its true.

Maybe you could do a blog post of where you set up for your photos, love the background. You need to be a food photographer for a some of those food magazines.

Kristina said...

My goal is to lose 16 by July 4th, and my complete goal is to lose at least 58 pounds. I am happily down 5 pounds as of today. The desserts look delicious.

NanaDiana said...

Great post today, Lorraine. That is what I have been eating for a "treat"...sugar free jello. The other day I also popped a dollop of vanilla greek yogurt on it instead of the whipped cream and it was delicious. However, my own is not nearly as pretty as yours. Think Tupperware bowl to cereal bowl-lol xo Diana

marie said...

Very timely post! I'm right in the middle of making some food choice changes. The Strawberry Parfait has been added to my "good choice" list! What a festive dessert! Thanks for sharing this Lorraine!
LOVE the photos!!

Maple Lane said...

Beautiful photos of yummy desserts. We have had delicious strawberries this year and I often make John sugar free jello with strawberries. It's a cool treat for these hot afternoons. Happy Monday, Lorraine.

Maryann said...

Jello always reminds me of my times as a kid, probably because we had so many types of jello desserts back in the day. Love jello especially during the summer, so refreshing.
My strategy for keeping my weight down is small frequent meals (6), lots of veg and fruit, and portion size...and I, like you don't deprive my self when it comes to dessert but I usually only take a couple of bites

Winnie said...

Dieting or not, I'd looooooooooove a few of these desserts!
I really like these sugar-free jello, although it's a bit hard to get them here....

Your photos are amazing!

lindsey said...

This seems like a great idea. I really need to lose some weight and I too love my sweets so I think I will try this idea. I'm not sure our jelly is made the same as yours but we do have ready made jelly deserts in our supermarkets so I will buy some in and try them out. Thanks for sharing

Carol Z said...

Looks yumy. I've lost thirteen pounds this year and can see my goal of twenty pounds lost in sight. Fruits and veggies make the difference to me, too. I do like a sweet snack, though, and these look good.

Barbara F. said...

Lovely desserts, and while I am trying to avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners, I wonder if I can make my own gelatin using unflavored and add flavorings. A new mission to start. I need to learn better portion control. ;-( xo

Pattie T. said...

I don't think that I have ever seen something low calorie look so delicious!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

We're on the same path, trying to lose a few unwanted pounds. Like you, I know what works by now and, yes, I've discovered Jell-O is a wonderful addition to my menus.

Your photos are stunning, as always.

Ann said...

Well you know that I am working on losing some weight also and these both look very good.
I've been mainly keeping an eye on fat grams. I don't really count calories but I know I'm not going over board with them

Amy said...

I love jello for desserts too. These are beautiful and what a great way to eat light and keep the sweet tooth satisfy. :) Thank you so much for sharing.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

thanks!! I have been really having a sweet tooth and I sooooooood don't want to gain my weight back. Your pictures just make them both beautiful!
Thanks for the encouragement on my last post...I so appreciate that.

Susan said...

Sounds good to me, Lorraine...the desserts and the weight loss plans. It's very difficult, especially as one gets older, but it's not impossible. Susan

podso said...

Lorraine, you make the jello desserts look mouth watering with your photography ... and especially on this hot day! We are trying the 5/2 or 2/5, whatever it is, diet and it is working so far .... google it!

Connie said...

Your desserts look wonderful. It is always hard to entertain when you are trying to lose weight, but these are pretty enough to set on any company dinner party table. With most of our friends in the same boat with us, needing to shed some poundage . . . or watching their sugar, well, this is perfect :) Thanks for the beautiful photos, it reminds us that jello can make a elegant dessert:)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Luckily, I really don't crave sweets after dinner. If we go out on the weekend I will splurge and share a dessert with my husband or a friend. Or, I'll make dessert only if we're having company. My favorite time to eat something sweet is after lunch. I'll have 1 oz of good, dark chocolate.

Good luck with your diet, Lorraine. Wow, 50 pounds is a wonderful accomplishment!

I do love the orange and berry jello - it looks so good and refreshing too!

Joy said...

I totally agree with Tammy @ Simple Southern Happiness!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Count me in. I have really been working on it during the last few weeks. This light dessert is perfect for me too, and the way you make it look so beautiful, makes me want to create it real soon. Thanks so much!


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