Although I have never joined an official weight loss program—tracking points, writing down my calorie counts and eating only pre-portioned foods delivered to my door—I have always been fascinated how they work for so many people to slim down.
For me, when working on trying to eat healthier, I normally just follow the rules of “eat more veggies” and “eat less sugar.”
But I am definitely addicted to sweets, and it’s a struggle some days to keep myself from indulging—especially since I know how to bake, and my pantry is well-stocked with supplies.
This week, though, I took a page out of the weight loss program handbook and tried a “zero-point” dessert, which for those unfamiliar, means that a person on Weight Watchers could eat it with no penalties on their diet for the day. It’s low fat, low sugar and low calorie.
The recipe I tried comes from the blog, “Our Wabi Sabi Life.” You can find the original post at https://ourwabisabilife.com/0-point-weight-watchers-cheesecake/. I chose to add some fruit to our cheesecake, doubled the vanilla, and I substituted the cheesecake-flavored pudding mix for a vanilla one, because my local grocery store didn’t have it.
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons sugar substitute
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 cups plain fat-free Greek yogurt
- 3.4 to 3.9 ounce box instant sugar-free pudding (cheesecake flavor or just your favorite)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a glass pie dish by lightly greasing it with butter or margarine.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar substitute and vanilla extract until everything is combined well.
- Beat in the yogurt and pudding mix, and once the mixture is smooth, pour it into your prepared dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Once the cheesecake cools enough to handle it, place it in the refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight.
- Serve with fresh fruit. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
This was decently good. I would not say that it was a perfect substitute for full-fat cheesecake, although it might have been a bit closer in flavor if I would have had access to cheesecake-flavored pudding.
That being said, it was a bit like a custard texture, and especially with some fresh cherries I had in my freezer from this summer, it was a nice, guilt-free option. It would also be a nice option for people who are low-sugar.
I wondered if it would be good with a lemon or chocolate pudding mix, too, or even with a fat-free Greek yogurt with some flavoring to it. The possibilities are vast.
I still don’t think I want to jump into a structured diet plan, but it’s nice to have some recipes in my repertoire for those times when depending on my own willpower isn’t hacking it.
And, yeah, I know there’s irony in the fact that I’ll probably share something high-calorie, high-fat and delicious with you in this space again very soon. Sometimes you just have to live a little.
This piece first appeared in print on Oct. 5, 2023.
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