Monday, May 26, 2008

Desserts That Won't Derail Your Diet

I tend to steer clear of the word "diet." For many, it calls forth experiences of deprivation, intimidation, boredom, and pining for dessert- and, as many of you can attest, my reverence for dessert is well documented. [Psst, look close at the accompanying photo where I'm pilfering the toppings off a friend's birthday cake].

Still, it's important to balance sweet indulgences with a healthful nutrition plan and lifestyle. It also helps to have a canon of low fat recipes at the ready . . . or, simply, bookmark this blog. Om Gal promises to continue to scour the sweet possibilities in attempts to unearth your new, favorite dessert, such as the following super easy and scrumptious peanut butter cookie recipe from Self magazine via Fresh Dining in Burbank, CA.


1 egg yolk
1/2 c. natural peanut butter
1/2 c. low fat cream cheese
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. Splenda
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients. Spoon rounded tablespoons of batter onto a cookie sheet. Bake until golden (about 9 minutes). Share with friends! My fellow Om Gals provided their approval at a gathering over the holiday weekend.

The Skinny: 55 calories per cookie, 3 g fat, 5 g carbs, .4 g fiber, 1.7 g protein.

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