19 Delicious Desserts to Add to Your Valentine’s Day MenuArticle posted in: FreshStart
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, you might be looking for a sweet dessert to enjoy that won’t completely undo all of your hard work. Of course, on the sweetest day of the year you want to be able to actually indulge—not opt for some knock-off treat that doesn’t live up to its name. While everyone around you might be snacking on chocolates and sugary candies, you can feel confident that any one of these 19 treats are decadent enough to satisfy your sweet tooth while still being healthy enough to keep your diet on track. In fact, you’ll love these delicious desserts so much that you’ll want to enjoy them well after Valentine’s Day has passed.
Check out these 19 delicious desserts for a Nutrisystem-approved sweet treat you can enjoy on Valentine’s Day (or all year round!):
To kick off our list of delicious desserts, we have a fruit-filled classic. Super simple to assemble, but impressive looking when you’re done, these kebabs alternate strawberries, marshmallows and bananas—all drizzled in melted chocolate. While they may look and taste decadent, they’re only 75 calories per serving and count as just two Extras on the Nutrisystem plan. It’s a great dessert to bring to a party or to enjoy at home.
Treat yourself to a delicious milkshake that won’t set you back hundreds and hundreds of calories. After all, you ought to be able to enjoy a special treat without completely wrecking your diet. This shake, which is only 172 calories per serving, layers two flavor combinations in one—a strawberry based shake with a coconut shake. It packs in strawberries, banana, Greek yogurt and coconut milk, among other delicious ingredients. On the Nutrisystem plan, it counts as one SmartCarb and two Extras.
These simple-to-make and healthy cookies are packed with healthful ingredients like oats, yogurt and fresh strawberries. While they’ll help satisfy a sweet tooth, at just 78 calories for two cookies, they’re a sweet treat you can enjoy with zero guilt. On the Nutrisystem plan, each serving counts as two Extras.
There’s nothing quite like the flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Unfortunately, they usually tend to come together in sweet treats that are packed with sugar. But that’s not the case here. Chocolate and peanut butter are combined with cream cheese to make a simple-but-delicious three-ingredient dessert that is packed with protein. The recipe uses peanut butter, a Nutrisystem Chocolate FreshStart Shake and fat free cream cheese to make a sweet treat that counts as one PowerFuel and one Extra on the Nutrisystem plan. One serving (two balls) is just 131 calories.
This light and refreshing dessert spotlights the delicious flavor combination of strawberry and lemon. Using just five simple ingredients (coconut cream, yogurt, lemon, stevia and strawberries), this creamy mousse can be whipped up in a matter of minutes! Clocking in at only 95 calories, this mousse counts as three Extras on your Nutrisystem plan.
Cheesecake may not sound like a dessert that could possibly be part of a healthy diet but this low-calorie version will only set you back a mere 128 calories, making it the ideal treat to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. Perfectly portioned into individual cupcake liners, it’s easy to keep your dessert snacking in check. On the Nutrisystem plan, each cheesecake counts as three Extras.
One Chocolate FreshStart Shake, a banana, some peanut butter and some water is all it takes to whip up these delicious, protein-packed muffins. While they taste like a bakery treat, you can feel good about grabbing one of these healthy muffins on your busy, on-the-go mornings. One muffin is 331 calories and counts as one PowerFuel and a half of a SmartCarb.
With this Mug Cake recipe, you can whip up warm, chocolatey cake in the microwave—meaning you can satisfy your cravings on demand. In just a little extra time than grabbing something calorie-laden and processed from the pantry, you can have some warm gooey cake that will only set you back a mere 136 calories. On the Nutrisystem plan, it counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra.
Another simple-to-make Mug Cake, this recipe also has peanut butter and chocolate chips to make it even more indulgent. Simply mix up the ingredients in a mug, microwave on high, and enjoy! At 146 calories, it’s a guilt-free dessert that will make you feel like you’re splurging when you’re really not. On the Nutrisystem plan, it counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra.
Whip up this chocolatey dip for your next party, and your guests will be shocked to learn it’s packed with healthful ingredients like medjool dates, cashew butter and a whole can of black beans. Serve it with strawberries—or graham crackers—and snack away. Each serving is only 81 calories and counts as one SmartCarb on your Nutrisystem plan. You can also feel good about eating a dessert dip that naturally packs in both fiber and protein instead of tons of extra sugar.
Because this pie makes some healthful ingredient swaps it’s not loaded with sugar like most pies traditionally are. In fact, the crust—which is typically made with sugar and butter—combines raw walnuts, cocoa powder and medjool dates. This recipe even sneaks in tofu for creaminess. A slice is 228 calories and counts as two Extras on the Nutrisystem plan. After just one bite you’ll want to add it to your list of go-to desserts.
While traditional pecan pie is made with granulated sugar and corn syrup, this lightened version uses maple syrup, stevia and a few chocolate chips for sweetness. You’ll be able to enjoy the decadent taste of a favorite pie without any of the guilt. One serving is just 90 calories and counts as three Extras on the Nutrisystem plan.
Peanut Butter Cups as part of a healthy and balanced diet? Yes, please! With this simple-to-make recipe you can skip the store-bought candy and make your own at home using just three simple ingredients—semi-sweet chocolate chips, coconut oil and crunchy peanut butter. One peanut butter cup is 139 calories and counts as one PowerFuel and two Extras.
If you love to order soufflé in restaurants for dessert, you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how easy it is to make on your own—and healthier too. Instead of lots of butter, chocolate and granulated sugar, this healthier version uses cocoa powder and chocolate almond milk for that chocolatey taste and healthier Truvia for added sweetness. Whip it up for a light and refreshing dessert that clocks in at only 61 calories and counts as two Extras on the Nutrisystem plan.
With just four ingredients—crisp rice cereal, honey, peanut butter and vanilla extract—these treats are quick and simple to make. While the traditional version of this recipe uses marshmallows and butter, you’ll get the same ooey, gooey goodness using honey and peanut butter in this lighter version. While they taste just as good—perhaps even better—you’re only taking in 71 calories and using two Extras on your Nutrisystem plan.
One of our top-picks for delicious desserts is a healthy alternative to a “candy bar” but will satisfy your sweet tooth nonetheless. With only six simple ingredients they are incredibly easy to make. With peppermint extract and mini chocolate chips, they also have the cool, enjoyable flavor blend of mint and chocolate. But one bar has only 61 calories and counts as two Extras on the Nutrisystem plan, meaning it won’t set back your healthy eating goals.
The flavors of red velvet cake and brownies come together in another one of our almost too-good-to-be-true delicious desserts. The secret? Believe it or not, it’s beets! Two red beets create the smooth and creamy base for this decadent-tasting dessert, which also has healthful and hearty oats. You’ll be able to enjoy these brownies to the fullest knowing that they not only pack in some fiber and nutrition, but they aren’t doing any diet damage. At just 103 calories, it’s a low-calorie treat you can indulge in. On the Nutrisystem plan, one brownie counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra.
If you’re looking for delicious desserts that curb your chocolate craving AND are topped with a sweet and decadent icing, then look no further. Another guilt-free brownie to try, these sweet treats are topped with a cream cheese icing that really take this brownie to a whole new level. But with sweet potato at the base of this healthy dessert, these brownies pack some serious nutrition while remaining low calorie—just 112 per brownie. On the Nutrisystem plan, one brownie counts as one SmartCarb.
Another one of our favorite delicious desserts will have your taste buds and waistline feeling the love! With these heart-shaped pies, you can indulge in a Valentine’s Day baked good without any unnecessary guilt. Each pie has a sweet raspberry filling that makes it taste like it has a lot more than just 164 calories. You’ll be feeling festive treating yourself. Of course, these little pies are so good you just may want to keep them on your go-to list for year-round flex menu indulgences. On the Nutrisystem plan, one pie counts as one SmartCarb and three Extras.