You’ve either got world-class willpower or you’re occasionally going to need something sweet to pull yourself out of a mid-afternoon slump. By making a few quick calorie comparisons, you can have your cake and eat it, too—just leave the frosting on your plate. Here’s the correct way to cave.
Pick a sorbet—yes, including chocolate—over ice cream and save 140 calories. Haagen-Dazs Low-Fat Chocolate Sorbet has 130 calories per serving while a half-cup of the brand’s chocolate ice cream has 270 calories. An even better choice is a Fudgsicle No Sugar Added Fudge Bar—they’re only 40 calories a pop. If you’re going out for dessert, order ice cream in a dish instead of a cone and cut 60 calories.
When tempted by that 200- to 300-calorie candy bar in the vending machine, reach for low-fat chocolate milk (158 calories per cup), chocolate soy milk (120 calories per cup), or fat-free chocolate pudding (102 calories per serving), instead.