In the mood for a sweet treat this Valentine's Day but not in the mood for overpriced novelty candy or to totally tank your health goals?

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Luckily, "sweet" doesn't have to mean high-calorie, and nothing's more romantic than a homemade dessert! So, our Valentine's present to you are three tasty recipes that you can enjoy on any phase of the 123Diet (though the strawberry pops and blueberry lemon cakes should only be enjoyed before noon!)

First, strawberries are a Valentine's Day staple, and they're even rumored to have an aphrodisiac side. So, instead of setting off a cycle of sugar addiction by overwhelming them with chocolate, stick to enjoying our simple Strawberry Pops. You can use the same recipe for a sorbet!

Then, there's our Creamed Rice, which does away with some practically-empty carbs by swapping out plain rice for konjac rice, which is nearly calorie-free and has some gut-healthy benefits to boot.

The resulting dessert is a fourth of the calories of your typical rice pudding. Plus, nutmeg and vanilla might even help get you in the mood!

Finally, there's our Blueberry Lemon Cake, which actually includes apples along with blueberries and lemon juice to maximize your fruity health benefits! It even takes advantage of your daily dairy allowance to include an indulgent cream cheese frosting.

If none of the above are to your liking but you've still got a sweet tooth demanding satisfaction, there are plenty of other dessert recipes hanging around our blog!

Now, enjoy your holiday!

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Strawberry Sorbet/Pops

strawberry sorbet

This light and sweet treat is sure to make your heart sing. Estimated nutritional value of 25 calories, .5g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 4.8g carbohydrate, 1.4g fiber, .7g protein, and 3g sugar.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook time
N/A
Yield
Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Ingredients

  • 4-6 medium strawberries
  • Approximately 3 cubes of ice
  • Any powdered or flavored stevia to taste
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder or cocoa (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water

Directions
Blend ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a dish or Popsicle molds and freeze until firm.

Phase 3/Maintenance Modifications
Add half and half or cream and whipped egg whites. Mix in chopped nuts or chocolate crumbles and freeze for an ice cream style dessert.

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Creamed Rice

creamed rice

It won't get any more nice than this yummy creamed rice! Estimated nutritional value of 38 calories, 2.3g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 2g carbohydrate, 1.5g fiber, .7g protein, and 1.6g sugar.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook time
10 minutes
Yield
1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/3 pack Konjac rice
  • 1 tbsp of cooking cream
  • 1/2 teasp natural vanilla
  • 3 tbsp Natvia
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg

Directions
Put rice in saucepan and dry off. Add Natvia and keep on high heat. Cook until liquid has gone. Add vanilla, cream and nutmeg. Stir well, cook on med/high heat until liquid becomes thick and creamy. Can be eaten hot or cold.

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Blueberry Lemon Cakes

blueberry lemon cakes

When life gives you lemons, make this amazing cake! Estimated nutritional value of 48 calories, 2.6g fat, 93mg cholesterol, 2.3g carbohyrate, .2g fiber, 3.2g protein, and 2.4g sugar.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook time
20 minutes
Yield
2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 egg separated
  • 1 pink lady apple
  • 18 blueberries
  • Juice of 1/2 a small lemon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar free vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon of Stevia
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 50g of chickpea flour

Directions
Beat the egg white. Set aside. Add the ingredients including egg yolk to magic bullet. Blend well. Then add 50g of chickpea flour and soda water. Blend quickly, then fold in egg whites. Pour into lightly oiled and sprayed mini expandable cake tins. Put 6 fresh blueberries in each cake. Cook on 180° for 15 to 20 minutes. Put six blueberries in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then add 1 tablespoon of cream cheese to the cooked blueberries and a sprinkling of Stevia. Allow cakes to cool down a little, then add your cream cheese blueberry topping and enjoy.

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