Don’t lie to yourself, you crave the delectable taste of chocolate chip cookies, or the pint of Rocky Road ice cream. If you don’t desire any of those taunting delights, then you deserve a pat on the back. It’s normal to get those cravings, and you should be able to get a taste of the sweetness, even if you are trying to watch your calories.
So how can you get those treats into your healthy diet? You watch your portions.
You’re probably thinking “that’s not possible”, aren’t you?
It can be. Instead of going for the bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and chocolate syrup, have a scoop or two of a low-fat version. Not only do you get the same taste, but you get fewer the calories. (Side tip: eat slower, it’ll make you feel full, even if you eat a tinier portion)
If cutting your portions just won’t do the trick, then there are alternatives to the types of desserts you eat! These following desserts are healthier versions that will still make your sweet tooth satisfied!
Dairy Free Dark Chocolate: A little goes a very long way when satisfying your treat needs. Aside from its great taste, dark chocolate also stimulates serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter in your brain. It also a good source of magnesium. Make sure the chocolate is 72 percent or higher cacao, dairy-free, and organic.
Sweet Potato Custard: Sweet potato in a dessert? You’re kidding, right? As strange as that may sound, mixing it together with the right ingredients would do the trick! Combine a cooked, mashed sweet potato with ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg and a dash of cloves in a food processor. You could add stevia (an alternate to sugar) for the taste and could eat it either chilled or warm.
Macadamia Nuts: Raw macadamia nuts are naturally sweet and could fill that sweet sensation on its own. Make sure to soak them before you eat them, this will remove the inhibitor enzymes on their surface.
Strawberry Shortcakes: Usually, this dessert contains an unhealthy portion of sugars. However, it has been altered to a healthier cake that fits into your diet! Make the cake by mixing 3 1/3 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Add in 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of honey, 1/3 cup of oil (try coconut oil), 1 teaspoon of vanilla and milk. Use fat-free or low-fat whipped cream and add-on 4-5 cups of fresh strawberries.
Go ahead, give these a try. Take a new step into a healthy lifestyle without giving up your sweet satisfactions.
Try the portions, try the alternatives, try something you’ll fail to regret.