It can limit your sugar and fat intake
Store-bought treats are loaded with extra calories, chemicals, and sugar that will make your blood sugar skyrocket. But if you make your own goodies at home, you can substitute other ingredients for butter and oil, reduce the amount of sugar added, and even toss in healthy additions like nuts. Homemade desserts can “satisfy your dessert craving in healthier ways,” Rachel Johnson, PhD, chair of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) nutrition committee, told TIME, “if you’re thoughtful about it and willing to put in a little effort.”
It will inspire you to be active
“The number-one thing I love about dessert is that what you see is what you get. When I reach for a piece of chocolate, I’m making a conscious decision to have a treat,” registered dietitian Jaclyn London told Good Housekeeping. Since you know what you’re eating when you indulge, you can also make the conscious decision to work it off afterward. If you can’t live without dessert, one way to balance your sugar intake is to stay active during the day and maintain a diet low in other added sugars, suggests Johnson. Taking a stroll during lunch or hitting the gym after work can lead to a whole bundle of other health benefits, too. So what if you had that brownie after dinner—you deserved it!