Healthy meal plans can still include sweet desserts. Just make sure you're preparing the best ones for your health.
If you're still going solid with your new year's resolution to eat more healthily, you may be missing the sweet relief of a chocolate cake, pudding or ice cream.
To avoid bingeing on these sugary treats, take a look at these fat-fighting desserts that can all be part of your 2014 healthy meal plans.
Grilled nectarines and Greek yoghurt
If you're craving sundaes, make your own healthy version by putting sliced nectarines on the grill before layering them over some Greek yoghurt. You can opt for low-fat yoghurt if you're watching your waistline, but even the full-fat variety is a much healthier choice than traditional sweet and sugary sundaes. Plus, you'll get plenty of natural sweetness (not to mention vitamins!) from the nectarines.
Banana ice cream
When the craving for ice cream becomes too much to bear, make your own with just one ingredient: bananas.
Keep a few bananas in the freezer for when the sugar cravings strike, then put them in a food processor for a smooth and creamy ice cream. That's it - no ice, sugar, cream or milk required! You'll get a treat without all the extra fat and calories that hide in ice cream.
Banana, chocolate and oat cookies
Can't resist a cookie? Then bake your own so you know exactly what's going in the batch. Use fibre-rich whole grain oats, which are great for protecting your heart health, and canola oil as a substitute for butter. Replace full-fat milk with low-fat or soy varieties, banana as a natural sweetener and dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate is proven to be better for your health than milk versions, plus its intense flavour means less of it needs to be used to pack a flavourful punch.