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The Dessert-a-Day Diet

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You won't ever feel deprived on this diet. Choose from tasty and healthy breakfasts, snacks, lunches, dinners, and desserts each day so you can fit your skinny jeans without giving up sweets.

Sample Day of Meals

You're working out five days a week. (Not easy, we know.) Your reward: Indulge in sundaes, crepes, and chocolate -- and still lose weight! Pick one breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, and dessert each day from the choices here, aiming for a total of 1,500 calories. You'll lose a few pounds a week and never, ever feel deprived. Below is a sample meal plan to show you just how well you'll be eating as you shed those extra inches.


(about 300 calories)

Quick Breakfast Pizza
Cooking spray
1 egg plus 2 egg whites
1 whole-grain pita (5 inches), toasted
2 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup grapes
Make it: Spray skillet with cooking spray and scramble eggs. Top toasted pita with egg, cheese, and oregano. Broil for 5 minutes, until cheese is bubbling. Serve with grapes.


(about 150 calories)

Spicy Peanut Spread on Celery
1 tablespoon peanut butter
Cayenne pepper to taste
1/2 lime, juiced
4 medium celery stalks
Make it: Mix peanut butter, cayenne, and lime juice. (To soften peanut butter, microwave it for 30 seconds.) Spread on celery.


(about 400 calories)

Turkey, Mozzarella, and Basil Wrap
2 small (6-inch) whole-grain tortillas
3 ounces turkey
11-ounce slice part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut in half
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 medium apple
Make it: Fill tortillas with turkey, cheese, and basil. Serve with apple.


(about 500 calories)

Maple-Lime Salmon with Cilantro Couscous
4 ounces salmon
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup whole wheat couscous
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Dash of salt and pepper
1 cup frozen broccoli, cooked
1 teaspoon olive oil
Make it: Put salmon on a cookie sheet. Mix maple syrup with lime juice. Pour over salmon and broil for 8 to 12 minutes, until fish flakes with a fork. Bring water and couscous to a boil, remove from heat, and cover for 12 minutes. Stir cilantro, salt, and pepper into couscous; serve with salmon and broccoli drizzled with olive oil.


(about 150 calories)

Sauteed Strawberry Sundae
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup light vanilla ice cream
Make it: Saute vinegar, honey, and strawberries for 3 minutes. Top ice cream with warm berries.

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indialouise wrote:

A great recipe. I also love this site:, I seem to be losing weight whilst eating my favourite treats!

8/10/2013 10:20:35 AM Report Abuse
truckergirl03 wrote:

Late night snacking: I used to do the same thing, now instead I eat breakfast and I divide my dinner in half and eat the second half later at night. By eating less at dinner my late night cravings come earlier, too, so I don't end up eating within two hours of going to bed. Hope it helps! :)

2/4/2012 09:39:19 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I am a late night snacker. I usually skip breakfast in order to keep my calorie intake lower. Any suggestions.

2/2/2012 09:43:42 AM Report Abuse
christinarapso wrote:

Looks like a great day to me!

3/22/2011 10:58:31 AM Report Abuse
suscid wrote:

Where's the other nutrition information - amount of sodium and protein??

3/17/2011 01:52:58 PM Report Abuse

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