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Healthy & Delicious: Greek Yogurt Lemon Mousse

Editor's note: On Mondays, Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share healthy and delicious recipes with us. Take it away, Kristen!

[Photograph: Kristen Swensson]

Healthy desserts are tricky creatures. For one thing, the qualifying parameters differ from person to person. Some may consider them to be lighter versions of classics, like lower-calorie brownies or pie. Others will insist there's no such thing as a healthy dessert, as dessert itself is inherently an indulgence. (Side note: These people are wrong.)

Personally, I think of a "healthy dessert" as a dish I don't feel particularly guilty about afterward; there's no walk of shame back from the kitchen.

Often, the recipe begins with fruit. For moisture, it might include an oil substitute or low-fat dairy product. It could also contain egg whites, used in meringues and chiffon cakes, to provide volume and airiness without added fat. Frequently, each portion comes with its own serving vessel, as in tarts, souffl├ęs, or anything involving a ramekin.

Lemon Yogurt Mousse is a good example of all these principles; it relies on lemon for zip, fat-free Greek yogurt for creaminess, egg whites for a delicate texture, and the aforementioned ramekins for serving.

This is to say nothing of the flavor, which is generally freaking delightful. Light, airy, and fresh, the mousse is perfect for warmer weather. Depending on your serving size, each portion falls between 100 and 135 calories, with virtually no fat, as well. Top it with a few berries, and it's a healthy dessert in every sense.

Ultimately, I don't want (or need) to be cured of my lifelong M&M addiction. But it's desserts like these that make me feel a little better about it.

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