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Satisfy your sweet tooth with these seven diet-friendly options.

Ask anyone about the worst part of dieting and they’ll likely tell you it’s not being able to enjoy sweets and their other favorite treats. What they don’t know is that there are plenty of sweets that can be part of a healthy diet. It may not be a molten chocolate cake a la mode, but there are plenty of safer ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The next time you’re craving something sweet, give yourself the green light if it’s one of these approved sweet treats. Feel free to indulge without guilt. Just remember that for a healthy diet, everything must be eaten in moderation. Since it’s easy to overdo it, look for desserts packaged in individual servings to help with portion control.

Option 1: Light Ice Cream

Ice cream is many people’s weakness. There aren’t many desserts that beat the cool, sweet creaminess of ice cream. You may be surprised to find that there are light ice cream options that taste similar to the full fat varieties but contain a lot less fat and sugar. Look for ice creams with less than 100 calories per serving and enjoy a scoop.

Option 2: Pudding

The next time you’re at the grocery store, look for individual packages of fat-free pudding cups. Choose chocolate, vanilla, or swirl. You may feel like a kid again at school lunch, but you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth at less than 100 calories.

Option 3: Sorbets

They’re sweet, tangy, and cool, and they come in a variety of fruity flavors. Made only from fruit, sugar, and possibly water and flavorings, sorbets are often used as a pallet cleanser between courses of a large meal. And since they’re made without cream, they’re both a dairy-free and low-calorie dessert option.

Option 4: Fruit Popsicle Bars

Usually found in the ice cream isle at your grocery store, fruit popsicles are a wonderful, diet-friendly dessert option. Choose a type made with real fruit juices and no added sugars. Popsicles take a while to eat, so you feel like you’re getting more. Enjoy the healthy sweetness for less than 100 calories a bar.

Option 5: Greek Yogurt

Look for Greek yogurt pre-packaged in individual serving containers that contain 100 calories. Many are made with yummy flavors or fruits included. As an added perk, Greek yogurt is high in protein, making it a great snack to keep you full longer or as a light dessert choice for dieters.

Option 6: Frozen Yogurt

Another alternative to ice cream is frozen yogurt. Since frozen yogurt doesn’t contain the cream that’s found in ice cream, it’s lower in fat. Many people take this to mean they can eat as much as they want, so it’s easy to overdo it. As a rule of thumb, there’s typically 30 to 35 calories per ounce of frozen yogurt—and that’s before adding toppings. When getting your yogurt, remember that even toppings such as nuts, granola, and dried fruit can add an additional 100 calories each. Limit yourself to a few ounces of frozen yogurt and forgo the toppings for a low-calorie treat.

Option 7: Dark Chocolate

Craving chocolate? Give yourself the freedom to enjoy a little dark chocolate each day and you’ll actually see your health improve. The darker the chocolate is, the better it is for you. Studies show dark chocolate has the ability to lower high blood pressure if you’re a certain age and already have high blood pressure. Dark chocolate is also high in antioxidants that promote heart health if not eaten with milk. Eat a few small squares or indulge in a handful of dark chocolate covered almonds each day.