Valentine's Day is associated with chocolate, Champagne and other indulgences — some of which might sabotage your diet, just as you're recovering from the holiday season. But there are plenty of wonderful sweets that have fewer calories, or less fat or sugar, than you'd find in many Valentine's Day desserts. These are some of our favorites.
by Lou Seibert Pappas
Nothing says Valentine's Day quite like chocolate, and this slightly boozy sorbet is a grownup, low-fat and lower-calorie alternative to the standard box of truffles.
Per serving: 125 calories, 1g saturated fat, 31g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 3g fiber, 78mg sodium
by Sara Neumeier
You can whip up a batch of your favorite cream cheese frosting, dye it pink with a few drops of food coloring, and turn these carrot cupcakes into a Valentine's Day treat.
Per serving: 195 calories, 1g saturated fat, 20g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 1g fiber, 144mg sodium
by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
This cake is made with puréed carrots, as well as almond flour in place of wheat flour, and doesn't include any butter or oil. It's light and delicate, and lovely topped with berries and served with low-fat Greek yogurt.
Per serving: 209 calories, 1g saturated fat, 31g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 1g fiber, 52mg sodium
by Rea Frey
Nobody will guess the secret ingredient in this vegan dark-chocolate cake. Beet and banana provide natural sweetness, while walnuts add protein. The cake is high in saturated fat due to the coconut oil, but coconut oil is now believed to be a heart-healthy fat with multiple benefits.
Per serving: 280 calories, 9g saturated fat, 37g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 5g fiber, 152mg sodium