Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert Hacks
Nutrition
Morgan Medeiros MSc
February 13, 2018
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healthy Valentine's Day dessert hacksAfter a candlelit dinner with your beau, dessert is bound to follow, so why not make it a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert.

Chocolate-covered strawberries, cheesecake, and molten chocolate cake will undoubtedly top many dessert-lovers sweet lists on this romantic holiday, but for those wanting to enjoy the celebration and watch their waistline, we’ve got a few easy tips to have your cake and eat it too.

How to Enjoy a Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert:

Share the Cheesecake

Cheesecake’s creamy consistency makes it a beloved dessert staple year round, but especially on Valentine’s Day. Go easy on this high fat dessert, which typically contains anywhere from 800-1000 Calories per slice.

When dining out, go simple and share your indulgence to make it a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert that won’t go straight to your love handles. A slice of Original Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory, for example, contains 800 Calories, while a slice of Oreo Cheesecake contains 1490 Calories- the equivalent of .42 lb’s fat.

Remember that even homemade varieties are high Calorie: we tend to underestimate the number of Calories in dishes prepared at home, desserts included.

A slice of the most popular cheesecake recipe on Allrecipes.com, for example, contains 533 Calories, for example. By no means as high at the Cheesecake Factory’s iteration, but hearty nonetheless.

If you’re looking for an even slimmer version, consider preparing a no-bake cheesecake factory to pipe into mousse cups, layering with fresh berries.

Skip the Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten chocolate cakes come by many names, but typically consists of a small, domed cake with a fudgy interior. Some variations include flour, while others do not. The butter and chocolate content of this decadent dessert drives the Calories up for even very small servings.

A single cake form The Capital Grille, for example, contains 1280 Calories, sans ice cream. The most popular molten cake on Allrecipes.com contain 1260 Calories per mini cake.

If you’re craving a chocolatey dessert, consider Chocolate Truffles or Chocolate-Covered Strawberries as a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert: a 2 piece serving of either will cost you a mere 200 Calories.

Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).

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