There is no reason to cut out the occasional treat.
However, if you are on the journey towards a healthier lifestyle, there is cause to revamp the unhealthy treats of your past. Most desserts and treats are overflowing with sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Concocting your favorites with natural sugars, less refined carbohydrates, and healthy fats can ensure that your treats will work for you, rather than against. Enjoy them in moderation.
Indulge in something a little sweet/salty/creamy/crunchy and delicious once in a while! Here are 5 recipes to inspire you..
1. Chia Seed Pudding
If you love rice or tapioca pudding, here’s a more nutritious and equally tasty alternative.
Essentially, all you do is put chia seeds into coconut milk and allow them time to expand. Try chocolate, vanilla, or fruit-infused.
Chia seeds are super healthy, full of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, help regulate blood sugar, and support a healthy weight.
Coconut milk may be full of saturated fat (believe it or not, sat fat can be good for you), but these medium-chain fatty acids are great for weight loss and have endless uses in the body. It’s a treat that’s good for you!
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sometimes you just need a cookie. Try these with these paleo-inspired cookies. Low in sugar, high in protein, healthy fats, and fibre, these cookies fit the bill. They are also fantastic as an incredibly tasty and brain-fueling snack.
You can’t have a cookie recipe without a brownie recipe.
This recipe is grain and refined sugar-free. The base is actually almond butter, which provides moistness in this fudgy delicacy. Theoretically, any nut butter could work, from peanut to cashew, although I can’t personally attest to either.
Again, the amount of good fats in this recipe and lack of excessive sweetness make this way healthier than your average brownie. Make sure you use really high quality ingredients to get the greatest flavor possible. There are many “paleo” brownie recipes out there that are much healthier than your average brownie.
Or just do a little research and find one that works for your taste buds and dietary needs.
4. Dairy-free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream
Did you know can make a healthy ice cream out of frozen bananas? Well, believe it! This recipe goes a bit further, with chocolate and nut butter tossed in. There’s also coconut milk in there to control blood sugar, increase satiety, and provide that indispensable creaminess.
If you’re looking for a low-calorie frosty treat, strip down the above recipe with just one ingredient.
Treats made from natural, whole foods far outweigh low-fat or sugar-free alternatives. The above treats are very nutritious, natural, and will make you feel energized They are full of satisfying fats, proteins, fibre and filling antioxidants.
Having healthy, nutritious treats on hand when you need them, can help you breeze through your week of intermittent fasting.