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7 Healthy Diabetic Desserts for Your Diabetes Diet. Great for non-Diabetics too!

Chocolate mousse pies, parfaits, luscious cakes topped with fruit. If you have diabetes , you'll have to bid farewell to such desserts, right?

Wrong, says Lara Rondinelli, RD, CDE, diabetes center coordinator at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

''At diagnosis, people think that their life's going to change, and in many ways it does,'' she says. But embarking on a strange new diet , dull and devoid of pleasures, isn't one of them, she says.

In fact, deprivation can backfire, says Rondinelli, author of the American Diabetes Association cookbook Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking.

"If people are too restrictive and don't allow themselves any sweets or favorite foods, they can get frustrated and go on binges,'' she says.

''It's a matter of balance,'' Amy Jamieson-Petonic, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, says of desserts and sweet treats. ''They can fit into your meal plan when you work with a diabetes educator.''

Diabetes-Friendly Desserts

So the next time your sweet tooth beckons, try a few of these tasty temptations:

Here are some more ideas for delicious, diabetes-friendly desserts.

Fruit Treats

Fruit is naturally sweet, and it's easy to dress it up as a healthy treat for your entire household. Here are a couple of ideas:

From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking. Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association Inc.

From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking. Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association Inc.

For Chocolate Lovers and Banana Fans

Looking for a special dessert to serve at a celebration? Try Rondinelli's recipes for banana fans and chocolate lovers.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Exchanges: 1 fat, 1 1/2 carbohydrate (makes 16 servings, 156 calories per slice)

From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking. Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association Inc.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Exchanges: 1 fat, 2 carbohydrate (makes 8 servings, 194 calories per slice)

From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking. Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association Inc.

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