Diet Dessert Swaps: Banana Ice Cream & Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

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Kick Start the New Year: Diet Edition

The co-hosts have been sharing health advice all month, and this week’s theme has been healthy eating. Last on the menu were these Dessert Swaps from registered dietitian Mitzi Dulan, author of The Pinterest Diet, who shared her solutions with Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts.

Kelly & Michael Dessert Swaps: Homemade Banana Ice Cream

A lot of people love ice cream, but a small 1/2 cup serving can have 240 calories and 14 grams of fat. Instead, Mitzi said you should peel and freeze bananas in a plastic bag. Blend them up and you have Banana Ice Cream that eliminates the fat.

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Kelly and Michael: Frozen Grapes Snack

Diet Dessert Swaps: Banana Ice Cream & Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

The Pinterest Diet author Mitzi Dulan shared a great list of calorie-cutting, nutrient-boosting dessert swaps that still taste like favorite sweet treats.

Frozen popsicles can be tempting, but Mitzi suggested eating frozen grapes instead. They are rich in polyphenols for heart and brain health, and they are a hit with kids.

Kelly & Michael: Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Cheesecake can have 900 calories and 30 grams of fat. Instead, try combining Greek yogurt and cream cheese as a filling for strawberries, and dusting the tops with graham cracker crumbles. This swap can cut out 700 calories, while adding fiber and potassium. Robin Roberts said you still get a taste of the flavor.

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Kelly and Michael: Chia Pudding Dessert Swap

Instead of Rice Pudding, would you try Chia Pudding? Mitzi Dulan said you can combine Chia Seeds, Honey, and your favorite Milk to give you some Omega-3s, protein and fiber in your dessert.

Kelly & Michael: Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Candy bars are loaded in fat, sugar, and calories. Instead, make your own dark chocolate covered strawberries, which are lower in calories and still taste great.

Kelly and Michael: Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can swap your Chocolate Chip Cookies for a Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie, with oats, bananas, and chocolate chips. They are a simple way to cut calories without losing flavor or satisfaction.

Kelly & Michael: Baked Stuffed Apple Dessert

Apple Pie can have 400 calories. Instead, think about combining rolled oats, cinnamon, and honey as the filling for a Baked Stuffed Apple. Then bake it and save yourself over 300 calories, while adding fiber to your diet. “That tastes like apple pie!” Robin Roberts said.

Kelly and Michael: Tart Cherry Quinoa Dessert

Quinoa, tart cherries, and tart cherry juice create an anti-inflammatory Tart Cherry Quinoa Dessert, featuring protein from the quinoa.

Kelly & Michael: Tart Cherry Smoothie Swap

Smoothies are often high in calories and sugar. But they don’t have to be! Mitzi Dulan said you can combine frozen tart cherries, whey protein powder, and milk, boosting protein while cutting calories in your smoothie.

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