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I have a confession to make.   There is something I haven’t told you for the last two months.   It has been my little secret.   I was kind of embarrassed to admit it.   But here goes…deep breath…I’m dieting.   Gah! I know I should have told you.   Maybe I could have gotten a support group going to encourage me.   There is something humbling about admitting that you have allowed yourself to grow a bloggy butt and haven’t been disciplined in your eating choices or your exercise.

But here I am…again…dieting.   I hate that I can be the most disciplined person you know or the biggest glutton in America.   There is no balance with me and I despise that about myself.   So I am attempting to make some life changes again. Blah!   Why can’t I just be skinny and live on Oreos, Twix, and icecream?   I just don’t get it. Boo!

Anywho…back to the reason for this post.   I have a sweet tooth.   Like an uncontrollable, animal instinct towards sweets.   If you told me I had to give up sweets altogether I would just say “pull the plug, I’m done!.”   So in my attempts to lose weight and still maintain some sweet joy in my day I am always looking for low cal sweet treats.   I must share with you my latest addiction.   100 Calorie Pack Strawberry Shortcake. For 125 calories this is quite filling and a great summer sweet alternative to say a large bowl of icecream with hot fudge and Oreos…not that I have ever eaten that!

All you need is the 100 Calorie Hostess Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake cut into fourths…

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and a 1/2 cup of cut up berries.   I also add a little bit of Truvia to sweeten it up.

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It is so yummy.   When you need a little chocolate fix try the 100 Calorie Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes with the berries.   Oh so yummy!

Ok so now that the cat is out of the bag. I WOULD ABSOLUTELY love you if you shared some low calorie recipes or sweet treats with me.   Puhleeeease! Help a chubby sister out.

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  1. Girl, I so know what you mean about the animalistic sweet tooth. I always stop dieting after a week or two because I turn into a super witch from the deprivation I feel, no matter what the diet is, and I’m pretty sure my kids would rather have a happy, nice mommy whose a little soft in the middle over a skinny wicked witch.
    My weakness is chocolate. The best fairly healthy chocolate recipe I know that actually tastes good (diet chocolate is so nasty!) is my grandmother’s chocolate snowball. That’s what she called it, it’s really like a sorbet.

    1 can oh Hershey’s syrup (which happens to be fat free, even if there is a lot of sugar)
    1 can of reduced fat or skim milk, just use the can from the syrup
    1 can of water (or a second can on milk)

    Pour into a 9×9 baking dish, stir well, and freeze overnight.

    The next day you can cut it into small chunks with a knife or shave it with a spoon.

  2. I hear ya! Just started weight watchers and I love it! Here is a great website my friend sent me. Gina makes yummy meals and desserts lighter. I have tried a few and they are actually really yummy. I really like her diet soda cake. Surprisingly yummy and a great chocolate fix.
    http://Www.skinny taste.com

    Good luck!

  3. I hear ya! Just started weight watchers and I love it! Here is a great website my friend sent me. Gina makes yummy meals and desserts lighter. I have tried a few and they are actually really yummy. I really like her diet soda cake. Surprisingly yummy and a great chocolate fix.
    http://Www.skinny taste.com

    Good luck!

  4. I so get you. My problem with this is just eating a fourth and leaving the rest. Hard stuff!
    One of my sweet tooth treats (healthy too) is cinnamin toast. I use Whole Wheat bread (50 cals), “this can’t be butter” (0 cals), Truvi or Splenda, and cinnamin. Whole thing is only 50 cals. Load it up with cinnamin. It;s good for you.

    Here is one of my posts that might help you when it comes time to weigh in. LOL!

    Enjoy! (Already following)

  5. I am a chocolate craver forever! If it’s in my house, I cannot portion it. It must be eaten until it’s gone. I have been known to tell my husband that he has to hide something in his car so I will not eat it. I am THAT bad. I just can’t buy that stuff anymore. I go see it in the store once or twice a week to visit it, but I tell it that it’s just not allowed to come home with me anymore. 😀 I could justify how anything that says organic on it should be healthy for me, right? ;o)

    Anyway, my low calorie recommendation is Shakeology. I started using it during my second round of doing P90X last year and have been hooked ever since. I get my chocolate fix every day in a way that fills in my nutritional gaps that can come with cutting calories and focusing on getting protein (which while is filling and good for losing weight does not provide as many vitamins and minerals as I would hope!). If you would like to try it, Beckie, feel free to email me and I’ll send you a sample. I KNOW how hard dieting can be. (P.S. don’t call it a diet! You’re just changing your way of eating little by little – this WILL last <3)

  6. You’re lucky you can eat something like that and be happy & satisfied. I found out six years ago, that refined sugar was the culprit in my inability to lose weight and keep it off. I could never eat just one. Now, I am totally satisfied with one serving of a sugar-free treats, either home-made or store-bought. Even a serving of fruit satisfies. I lost 90 pounds doing it this way and I jokingly call it my chewing tobacco diet. You can see my before and afters at:

  7. I start WW on Monday…still debating about opening that up to my followers 🙂 I will so be using the recipe! 🙂 🙂

  8. I am addicted to Vitatops….deep chocolate fills my sweet cravings for only 100kcal.
    I find them at Super Target frozen section. The Hungry girl has some great recipes on her website. I was never successful losing weight until I kept track of all my intake calories on my iphone app. Wow you would be amazed at how some “healthy” foods sure add up quick on the calories. Good luck!

  9. I’ve got one that will satisfy your sweet tooth – it’s inspired by Body for Life.

    1 Frozen Banana
    2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Mix (the powder)
    1/4 Cup Skim Milk
    1 Tablespoon Vanilla Protein Powder (optional)

    Mix this together in your blender at high speed – you’ll have to start and stop the blender a few times to get the banana to blend…but it’s worth it! When it’s blended, you’ll have a good amount of ICE CREAM!

    We used to eat this every night with a drizzle of sugar free chocolate syrup and a few almonds or walnuts on top – Kinda like Chunky Monkey! It’s Extremely Satisfying, nutritious and very low calorie!

    Alas…I’ve fallen off the wagon since my Body for Life days (and I lost 70 lbs) …maybe you’ll inspire me to get back on! Best of luck and motivation!

  10. I’ve been a Weight Watcher for a LONG time now (longer than I haven’t been) and this is one of my favorite sweet treats.

    Frozen PB Treats
    1 (8 ounce) container fat-free cool whip
    1/3 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
    1/4 cup fat free chocolate syrup

    Mix PB and cool whip. Drop into 12 muffin tins for portion control (cause if you’re anything like me you’re gonna need it). Drizzle with 1 t sauce. Freeze for 30 min. So yummy!!

  11. Yeah, I totally understand the either super disciplined/ total glutton thing. I’m the exact same way. I also have that horrible sweet tooth. I really like Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. They are really good, and you can get a big box of them at Costco or Sam’s Club. I’ll also just pop one or two Hershey’s kisses- they are only 25 calories each.

  12. Hershey’s Lite syrup is pretty good and makes a nice chocolate milk with skim milk. Hmmm, when I had gestational diabetes I found a lot of sweet shortcuts. Or rather carb shortcuts, which is my weakness. Dreamfields is a low-carb, really no carb, pasta. It’s good, just don’t overcook it, it gets gluey and gross. Apples with peanut butter…which I thought sounded gross but is actually very good. Sugar-free BaskinRobbins candies are quite tasty. I never could get cheesecake right with artifical sweetner and I tried 3 different kinds!!! Good luck with your healthy eating habits!

  13. Yummy low fat/low sugar PB pie:

    These directions are kind of vague… but here’s what you’ll need:

    Peanut Butter (I use about a 1/2 a jar cuz I like mine extra peanut buttery)
    1pckg prepared instant sugar free vanilla pudding (made w/ skim!)
    no-sugar added cool-whip. (about 2 cups)
    graham cracker pie shell (or a real one if that’s how you roll)

    Mix mix mix. Spoon is fine… mixer is easier.
    Plop in pie shell.

    Stick it in the freezer for a few hours for a frozeny delicious treat that takes you a little while to nibble on.

    I have to watch my sugar intake, and this is my GO TO treat!! Easy and tastes rich, like it’s got a zillion calories, except it’s really not bad at all… shhh our secret 😉

  14. And remember that if you workout, you’re allowed MORE calories! This is a great idea, and thank you for posting. I allow myself only 1200-1400 calories a day, and this would easily fit into that caloric budget.
    Good luck on your diet!

  15. Thanks Sharon. I have been eating well but haven’t still been great with exercise. I think I need to find a workout buddy. I do much better with a friend.

  16. try this… You’ll love it.

    mix together a brownie mix and an angel food cake mix in a large zip lock bag. Mix together.

    scoop 1/4 of the mixture into a coffe mug. Stir in 2T of water

    microwave for 55 seconds.

    cake in a cup!! ( 3 points in weight watchers)

    perfect for when yore craving a little cake 🙂


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