Sweets and Treats in a Healthy Diet


When it comes to eating healthfully, most people wonder where sweets fit in, especially if they are overweight or on a diet. Desserts, chips, junk food, and most sweets are usually the first to go when slashing calories.

Not so fast, say the experts.

Whether your family prefers dessert after dinner or an afternoon treat, sweets can be part of a balanced diet as long as you pay attention to chocolate chips for dipping

  • 1/2 cup or single serve low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Strawberry shortcake with angel food cake, fresh berries, and low-fat topping.
  • Grilled pineapples, bananas, or peaches
  • 6 whole-grain pretzels with 1/4 cup hummus