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Treats that Fit Your Plan

Here are 82 yummy options for "light" or "medium" desserts or snacks

Looking for a sweet or savory treat to enjoy after a meal or as a snack? The WebMD Weight Loss Clinic program prescribes desserts in three categories -- "light," "medium" and "rich."

On occasion, there is room in a healthy eating plan for a rich dessert. But if you include snacks and desserts as a regular part of your weekly eating plan, make them the lower-calorie light or medium types.

Keep this list handy, and when your sweet tooth makes its presence known or a "snack attack" comes upon you, you'll never be at a loss. Some are from the Weight Loss Clinic recipe file; others are simple enough to throw together on the spot.

Light desserts (approximately 82 calories per serving)

  • Sliced peach with 2 tablespoons light whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup berries with 1 tablespoon light sour cream and 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Frozen fruit bar
  • 2 cups air-popped popcorn with 1 tablespoon grated cheese and dash of pepper
  • 1/2 cup sorbet
  • 3 Hershey kisses
  • 20 jellybeans
  • 2 caramels
  • 4 vanilla wafers
  • 1 slice angel food cake
  • Oatmeal raisin cookie
  • Rice Krispie treat
  • Snickers fun-size candy bar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened gelatin
  • 2 grilled pineapple slices
  • 8 ounces diet root beer with 1 scoop nonfat frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 cup lemon or vanilla low-fat yogurt with artificial sweetener and 1/2 cup raspberries
  • Almond jelly fruit salad
  • Baked apples in fruit sauce
  • Cream of grapefruit
  • Fruit juice sherbet (orange, apricot, grapefruit, lemon)
  • Fruit kabobs
  • Fruit mousse (apple, pear, peach, apricot, etc.)
  • Fruit sherbet
  • Lemon or orange mousse
  • Pears with blackberries
  • Red fruit salad
  • Strawberry or raspberry sherbet
  • Creamy vanilla pudding
  • Cup custard
  • Floating islands
  • Gelatin flan
  • Marble mousse (vanilla and chocolate)
  • Sugar-free chocolate pudding
  • Vanilla, coffee or chocolate ice cream
  • Baked lemon pudding cake
  • Chocolate-mocha angel food cake
  • Cranberry pistachio biscotti
  • Light and easy pumpkin custard pie
  • One bowl (better for you) brownies
  • Peppermint brownies
  • 2 cups Quick lemon freeze (or slush puppies)
  • Lite iced mocha

Medium desserts (approximately 174 calories per serving)

  • 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt with 1 cup berries
  • 1/2 cup of flan
  • 1/2 cup rice pudding
  • 1/2 cup tapioca
  • Small soft-serve ice cream
  • 15 baked potato chips with 1 tablespoon low-fat dip
  • 15 regular potato chips
  • 6 tiny pretzel twists with 1 ounce low-fat cheese
  • 21 frozen grapes with 1 ounce low-fat cheese
  • Frozen banana dipped in chocolate sauce
  • Choconana smoothie - blend 1 small banana, 1/2 cup chocolate low-fat milk, and ice.
  • Fruit smoothie - blend 1/2 cup fruit, 1/2 cup skim milk, and 1/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • S'more - 1 large graham cracker split in half, topped with one large marshmallow and 1/2 chocolate bar (1.55 oz), microwaved for 10 seconds
  • 1 apple with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 3 Oreos
  • 3 large chocolate-covered strawberries
  • 6 ounces chocolate frozen yogurt
  • 1 Eskimo Pie Bar (vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate coating)
  • 2/3 cup Healthy Choice ice cream
  • 3 Nabisco Snackwell Devil's Food cookie cakes
  • 1 1/2 servings of Creamy fruit salad
  • Inside-out caramel apples
  • Lemon and vanilla panna cotta
  • Quick vanilla custard
  • Matzo lemon sponge cake
  • 3 Oatmeal-chocolate chunk cookies
  • Baked lemon pudding cake with strawberries and whipped cream
  • 1/3 cup Totally tasty trail mix
  • 2/3 cup Pretzel potpourri
  • Mango papaya salsa and handful of tortilla chips
  • Boysenberry-banana blast
  • Festive fruity flavored milk
  • Mochaccino freeze
  • Peanut butter cup shake
  • Shamrock soy shake
  • Strawberry lemonade smoothie
  • Sunshine lemon smoothie
  • Kids' banana bread