Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that has no nutritional value and can do nothing for you; as in zero, nada, zilch, and zip! The only thing it can give you is satisfaction; which can be quite dangerous, since once you give into that sweet treat, your body will continually crave that sugar high.
Due to the fact that desserts have become a tradition after a meal, totally getting rid of sweet delicacies from your life can be quite difficult, and could also lead to episodes of sugar binging. You want to know how to lose weight without starving yourself and being deprived of foods you love? Well, instead of ditching desserts, why not just make smarter choices and start swapping your guilty treats for healthier delights?
- Instead of a scoop of ice cream, why not use Greek yogurt and pair it with slices of fruit or berries and even top it off with a couple of shavings of dark chocolate.
- When you want to bake brownies or cakes, swap the oil that the recipe calls for and use pumpkin puree, apple sauce or avocado for an extra moist cake. You won’t compromise the taste or the texture.
- For a creamy shake, whip up a combination of fresh fruits, low-fat milk, and some Greek yogurt for a creamy treat that will cool you down during those hot summer days.
- When you’re craving for a fruit pie, cut an apple in half, sprinkle with cinnamon and some brown sugar, bake in the oven until soft, and then finish off with a dollop of low-fat whipped cream.
- For a quick, healthy snack, try slicing up some apples or celery and dip them in all-natural peanut butter or almond butter.
- Instead of store-bought ice cream sandwiches, why not make your own at home? Take 2 low-fat and sugar-free graham crackers or cookies and spread them with a layer of low-fat Cool Whip, sandwich the whole thing together and store in the freezer for a low-calorie treat.
- Dip fresh fruits such as bananas, strawberries and apples into melted dark chocolate, place in the freezer, and you’ll have chocolate-dipped frozen fruit delights.
- Forget the ordinary parfaits you buy at the ice cream parlor; try a healthier version with layers of Greek yogurt, quick oats, fresh fruit, and top with low-fat whipped cream and sprinkles of sliced almonds.
- If you’ve been craving for some pudding, mash together a banana, avocado, some cocoa powder, and half a cup of Greek yogurt for a dreamy chocolate pudding.
- When you’re in the mood for a homemade cheesecake, opt for low-fat cottage cheese instead of your ordinary cream cheese for a low-calorie cheesecake.
If you really can’t stand to give up some of your beloved sweets, then we highly suggest you follow our tips. Not only will you be feeding your sweet tooth cravings but you’ll also be nourishing your body with every bite – now who wouldn’t want that? A guilt-free treat for a healthier body.
Healthy Desserts From Around the World: Apricot-Thyme Galette
When it comes to gastronomy, we should be thankful to the French. They are among the people who’ve contributed a lot in this art. Not only had the early French master chefs been able to refine many of the cooking techniques almost all of the chefs all over the world use, but they were also able to create delicious, healthy, and clever dishes. Case in point: the apricot-thyme galette, a healthy dessert.
A galette can be described as a cross between a pie and a pancake. It has a crust, like a pie, but is relatively flat, almost like a pancake. It’s usually open-faced, allowing you to see the filling, which can be eggs, meat, fish, cheese, or slices of fruits or vegetables. You can eat it with one hand, which makes for a delicious, healthy, and convenient snack that you can eat even while in transit.
The apricot-thyme galette consists of ingredients that contain high amounts of vitamins and nutritious minerals that you need to stay healthy. Take, for example, this healthy dessert’s main ingredients. A fresh, average-size apricot is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. The fruit also contains a mere 17 calories. Thyme is rich in potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C, and folic acid. The herb also contains the essential oil thymol and many flavonoid phenolic antioxidants.
If you’d like to prove this healthy dessert’s benefits for yourself, here is a recipe for it:
2 lbs ripe, firm, pitted, and quartered apricots
1/4 cup of apricot jam
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon of cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon of almond extract
1/3 cup of turbinado sugar
1/4 cup of almond flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of chilled, cubed butter
1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch
6.2 oz (about 1 and 1/4 cups and 2 tablespoons) of all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon of honey
3 tablespoons of ice-cold water
Small, microwave-safe bowl
Heavy-duty plastic wrap
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400°.
Step 2: Carefully spoon into the measuring cup 1.1 oz (about 1/4 cup) of the all-purpose flour and then level off the cup with a knife.
Step 3: In the small bowl, mix together the 1.1 oz all-purpose flour, the ice-cold water, the cider vinegar, and the almond extract and then stir the mixture using a fork until it’s well blended.
Step 4: Using the whisk, stir in the remaining all-purpose flour, the sugar, the almond flour, and salt.
Step 5: Using the mixer, mix the butter until it turns into a coarse meal.
Step 6: Mix together the aforementioned mixture and the butter until they turn into dough.
Step 7: Turn the dough out and onto a clean, lightly floured surface, like your kitchen countertop.
Step 8: Lightly knead the dough 5 times.
Step 9: Lay out some heavy-duty plastic wrap, place the dough on it, gently press down on the dough, and then shape the dough into a 4-inch circle.
Step 10: Cover the dough with some more heavy-duty plastic wrap.
Step 11: Carefully roll dough into a 14-inch circle, put it in your freezer, and chill it for 10 minutes.
Step 12: Take out the dough from your freezer, remove the plastic wrap top covering, place the dough on your kitchen countertop, and let the dough sit for 1 minute, or until it’s pliable once again.
Step 13: Place the dough, plastic wrap side up, onto a baking sheet, lined with some parchment paper, and then remove the remaining plastic wrap covering.
Step 14: Mix together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of the sugar and then sprinkle the mixture over the dough. Leave a 2-inch border.
Step 15: Arrange the apricots on the cornstarch mixture in a way that it resembles the spokes of a bicycle tire. Leave a 2-inch border.
Step 16: Fold the edges of the dough over the apricots. Remember: the dough will only partially cover the apricots.
Step 17: In the small bowl, mix together the apricot jam and the honey and then microwave the mixture on high for 45 seconds.
Step 18: Carefully brush the jam-honey mixture onto the apricots and the dough’s edges using the pastry brush.
Step 19: Sprinkle the remaining sugar onto the apricots and the dough’s edges.
Step 20: In your preheated oven, bake the unbaked galette for 35 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.
Step 21: Carefully remove the galette from the oven.
Step 22: Sprinkle the thyme onto the apricots.
Step 23: Let the galette cool for 10 minutes.
Step 24: Enjoy.
Given this recipe for the above-mentioned healthy dessert, we hope to have convinced you that French desserts are delicious, healthy, and a cut above the rest.
Healthy Desserts From Around the World: Blackberry Merlot Granita
If you’re following a strict diet, it’s likely you avoid desserts as much as possible. Most (if not all) diets require those who follow it to avoid unhealthy food, especially sweets, since such food contains high amounts of sugar and calories. For instance, a mere 0.5-cup (4 fl oz or 66 g) of chocolate ice cream contains 143 calories. Imagine how many calories a tub of ice cream contains. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t do away with desserts all together. Creative, enterprising individuals have created healthy desserts that are great alternatives to their less healthy counterparts. Take, for example, blackberry merlot granita.
Blackberry merlot granita is an Italian dessert that basically consists of blackberries, ice, sugar, and merlot. This dessert is quite similar to the snow cone, but it’s much better for your health. To begin with, the blackberry contains high amounts of several vitamins and nutritious minerals you need to stay healthy, including antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, and vitamin K. This fruit also contains little sodium and calories (only 62 calories a cup). Merlot is a type of red wine known for containing certain natural substances that help keep the heart healthy.
If you’d like to see this healthy dessert’s benefits for yourself, here is a recipe for making some:
4 cups of fresh blackberries
3/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of merlot
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 inch cinnamon stick
8-inch, square-shaped glass container or ceramic baking dish
Step 1: In the saucepan, mix together all of the ingredients.
Step 2: Place the saucepan over medium heat.
Step 3: Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring it occasionally.
Step 4: Remove the saucepan from the heat once the mixture therein boils.
Step 5: Let the mixture sit and cool for 15 minutes.
Step 6: Strain the mixture through the sieve and into the bowl. Don’t press down on the berries; doing so will make the mixture itself appear cloudy and unappetizing.
Step 7: Pour the mixture into the glass container or the ceramic baking dish.
Step 8: Cover the container or dish with some cling film and then place it in your freezer for 2 hours, or once the mixture is partially frozen.
Step 9: Take out the container or dish and then scrape off the mixture from the bottom using a fork. Make sure you crush all of the lumps.
Step 10: Put back the container or dish in your freezer and then resume freezing the mixture for 3 hours or until it’s frozen. Every hour using a fork, scrape the mixture off the bottom.
Step 11: Take out the container or dish from your freezer.
Step 12: Scrape the mixture off the bottom of the container or dish with a fork until it looks fluffy.
Step 13: Spoon the resulting mixture—some Blackberry Merlot Granita—into the dessert bowl.
Step 14: Enjoy.
Given this recipe for the above-mentioned healthy dessert, we hope to enable you to enjoy this frosty, healthy dish right in the comfort of your own home.
Healthy Desserts From Around the World: Lemon Curd with Berries
W e can’t help but notice that generally the fruit salad is no longer a healthy dessert. We often see how this dish, although still consisting mainly of fruits, is diminished in being beneficial to one’s health by the addition of excessive amounts of unhealthy ingredients, like evaporated milk and heavy cream. With the growing popularity of living a healthy life among an ever-increasing number of people all over the world, we find the contamination of the recipes for fruit salad unacceptable. The more people decide to avoid unhealthy desserts, the less people would like to have cloying, high-calorie fruit salads. So you can still enjoy fruits with a healthy and delicious twist, we suggest you’ve a taste of some lemon curd with berries.
Lemon curd with berries is basically custard to which a variety of berries have been added. There might be those who would doubt the health benefits of this dish since custard, which is a French culinary creation, is a mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk. The dish, however, is different; the dairy-based ingredient had been replaced with lemon juice and orange juice, decreasing the amount of calories in the dish significantly.
Moreover, all types of berries contain high amounts of vitamins and nutritious minerals, making the dessert truly beneficial to your health. Indeed, we know of a recipe for this dish that calls for blueberries and raspberries. The blackberry contains high amounts of several vitamins and nutritious minerals you need to stay healthy, including antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, and vitamin K. This fruit also contains little sodium and calories (only 62 calories per cup). The raspberry contains high amounts of several vitamins and nutritious minerals you need to stay healthy, too, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. This fruit also contains little calories (a mere 65 calories a cup).
If you’d like to prove the dessert’s health benefits for yourself, here is the recipe we’ve mentioned:
2/3 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup of fresh orange juice
1 1/2 cups of blueberries
1 1/2 cups of raspberries
1/8 teaspoon of salt
6 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons of cubed butter
2 teaspoons of grated lemon rind
8 teaspoons of graham cracker crumbs
Step 1: Place the saucepan over medium heat and then in it mix together the sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, salt, and egg yolks.
Step 2: Heat the mixture to 180°, or until it thickens, while stirring it constantly using the whisk. This will take about 6 minutes.
Step 3: Once the mixture heats up to 180° or has thickened, remove the saucepan from the heat.
Step 4: To the mixture add the cubed butter and the grated lemon rind and stir it constantly using the whisk.
Step 5: Pour the mixture into the bowl, cover the mouth of the bowl with some cling film, and then place the bowl in your chiller.
Step 6: Once the mixture is completely chilled, spoon 2 tablespoons of it into each of the cups.
Step 7: Top each serving of the resulting mixture—the custard—with 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of the blueberries and 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of the raspberries. Do so in layers and then top each serving with 1 teaspoon of the graham cracker crumbs.
Step 8: Enjoy
Given this recipe for the above-mentioned healthy dessert, we hope to have convinced you that you may still enjoy a delicious fruit salad without worrying that you’ll gain weight.
The Healthiest Desserts From Around the World: Pumpkin Pie PuddingIt’s unlikely you often see the phrase ‘healthy desserts’ used sincerely. Many would find these words contradictory to each other. The former usually evokes images of strict dieting that almost always requires avoidance or decreased consumption of sweets, while the latter evokes images of weight gain due to consumption of unhealthy food—especially sweets—in large quantities. Nowadays, however, certain creative individuals have created desserts that are delicious and good for you, making dieting no longer an ordeal. Case in point: pumpkin pie pudding.
Pumpkin pie pudding is an American dessert, but it’s a combination of the traditional American and Canadian dessert pumpkin pie and the originally European dessert pudding. Pumpkin pie consists mainly of pumpkin-based custard baked in a single pie shell without a top crust that is flavored with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. This dessert is traditionally served in the United States of America and Canada during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Back in Medieval Europe, pudding was a savory dessert consisting of meat encased in a crust. At present, pudding can be a sweet or savory dessert. Apart from Europe, pudding is now enjoyed in several other countries.
The reason for the creation of pumpkin pie pudding is a mystery to us. But we assume it was born out of the desire of creative chefs to give traditional recipes a modern and strange yet cool twist. In fact, there’s a bakery in the USA where you can request to blend a slice of pie into a parfait glass of milk shake. Customers say this concoction is quite a treat.
Consuming some pumpkin pie pudding can be quite beneficial to your health. Indeed, pumpkin contains high amounts of vitamin A, which your body needs to keep your eyesight sharp; fiber (3 g per cup); the plant-based chemical phytosterols, which reduces the ‘bad’ cholesterol LDL that finds its way into your body; the antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps your body ward away disease; carotenoids, which keeps your skin healthy; the amino acid tryptophan, which helps your body produce mood-enhancing amino acids; potassium, which gives you energy; and vitamin C, which boosts your immune system. Pumpkin also contains little calories (a mere 49 calories per cup).
If you worry that it would be difficult for you to prepare some pumpkin pie pudding by yourself at home, don’t; we assure you that it’ll be easy. So you can prove this for yourself, below is a recipe for making some:
1/2 cup of canned, unsweetened pumpkin
1/2 cup of sugar
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 large egg
3/4 cup of 1% low-fat milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
4 desserts bowls
Small, nonstick skillet
Step 1: Place the saucepan over medium heat.
Step 2: In the saucepan, mix together 6 tablespoons of the sugar and 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch.
Step 3: In one of the three bowls, mix together the milk and the egg using the whisk.
Step 4: Gradually pour the milk-egg mixture into the saucepan and then mix it and the sugar-cornstarch mixture together.
Step 5: Bring the resulting mixture to a boil while stirring it constantly.
Step 6: After 1 minute, remove the saucepan from the heat.
Step 7: In one of the two remaining bowls, mix together the pumpkin, the vanilla extract, the cinnamon, and the nutmeg.
Step 8: Carefully pour the pumpkin mixture into the saucepan and then mix it and the aforementioned mixture together by whisking constantly.
Step 9: Place the saucepan over low heat and then cook the mixture therein while stirring it constantly. Don’t bring the mixture to a boil.
Step 10: After 3 minutes, or once the resulting mixture—the pudding—is heated through, divide it among the 4 dessert bowls, cover the mouths of each with cling film, and chill them all.
Step 11: Line the baking sheet with foil and then coat the foil with the cooking spray.
Step 12: Sprinkle the remaining sugar, walnuts, and salt all over the skillet.
Step 13: Over low heat, cook the resulting mixture for 3 minutes, or until the sugar melts and turns golden brown, while stirring around the mixture constantly.
Step 14: Transfer the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and then let it cool completely.
Step 15: Once the mixture has cooled completely, chop it up coarsely.
Step 16: Spoon the cream into the remaining bowl and then beat it with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form atop it.
Step 17: Serve each dessert bowl of pudding topped with 2 tablespoons of the cream and 1 tablespoon of the nut-based mixture.
Step 18: Enjoy.
Given this recipe for the above-mentioned healthy dessert, we hope to have convinced you that dieting need not be an ordeal, for delicious and nutritious desserts do exist.
Healthy Desserts From Around the World: Carrot Cake
If there’s a dessert that could fill any dieter with dread, it’s cake. We’ve seen several funny depictions of poor dieters reduced to ravenous beasts upon being presented with a big, icing-enrobed cake.
Regardless of the recipe, cake is almost always delicious. But if you’re following a strict diet, it’s likely you’re required to avoid any and all cakes, for these confections generally contain high amounts of sugar and calories.
We, however, believe you shouldn’t have to live the rest of your life without enjoying cake. Instead of cloying, high-calorie cakes, we suggest you’ve a slice of carrot cake, a healthy dessert.
To be sure, the carrot cake isn’t a culinary creation of some creative vegan. The cake has been around since the medieval times. Back then, sweeteners were quite expensive, so those who couldn’t afford some used naturally sweet food, like carrots and sugar beets, to sweeten their dishes.
There are those who say the use of natural sweeteners became popular once again during World War II, when everything was either rationed or scarce. The carrot cake became so popular in both the United States of America and the United Kingdom that the confection stuck around and has been enjoyed as a healthy dessert by people all over the world ever since.
When we say people all over the world, we mean almost everybody, not just vegetarians.
The carrot cake appeals to everybody, because although the carrot is the main ingredient, the cake itself consists of other healthy dessert ingredients that make it even more delicious and nutritious.
For example, we know of a recipe that calls for coconut, pecans, and pineapple. All of these ingredients contain high amounts of vitamins and nutritious minerals you need to stay healthy.
Coconut is rich in fiber (a whopping 5 g per 2 tablespoons).
Pecans are rich in unsaturated fat, Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E, plant sterols, and L-arginine. Pineapple is rich in carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese, potassium, antioxidants, and polyphenols.
If you’d like to prove the dessert’s health benefits for yourself, here is the recipe we’ve mentioned:
2 cups of grated carrot
1/2 cup of sweetened, flaked coconut flesh
1/3 cup of chopped pecans
1 and 1/2 cups of canned, crushed, and drained pineapple chunks
1 and 1/2 cup (about 6 3/4 oz) of all-purpose flour
1 and 1/3 cups of granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons of canola oil
2 large eggs
Ingredients for Frosting
2 tablespoons of softened butter
1 8 oz block of softened 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
3 cups of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Additional grated carrot (optional)
2 large bowls
“13” x 9” baking pan
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°.
Step 2: Carefully spoon the flour into the measuring cups and then level each off with a knife.
Step 3: In the large bowl, mix together all of the flour, the sugar, the coconut flesh, the pecans, the baking soda, the salt, and the cinnamon.
Step 4: Stir the resulting mixture using the whisk.
Step 5: Mix together the canola oil and the eggs.
Step 6: Stir the egg mixture, the grated carrot, and the pineapple chunks into the flour-based mixture until it turns into a batter.
Step 7: Coat the baking pan with cooking spray and then spoon the batter onto it.
Step 8: Pop the baking pan in your pre-heated oven and then bake the batter at 350° for 35 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the batter’s center comes out clean.
Step 9: Place the baking pan on the wire rack and let it sit until the resulting mixture—the cake— cools completely.
Step 10: In the remaining bowl, mix together the butter and the cream cheese.
Step 11: Transfer the mixture into the mixer’s bowl and then beat it at medium speed while carefully adding the powdered sugar and vanilla until it becomes smooth.
Step 12: Spread the resulting mixture—the frosting—onto the cake.
Step 13: Have a slice and garnish it with the remaining grated carrot, if you’d like.
Given this recipe for the above-mentioned healthy dessert, we hope to have convinced you that you may still enjoy some cake without worrying that you’ll balloon several dress sizes bigger.
Most single women have been in indoctrinated to believe that thinner is better. But for the most part, single women, like you, are bombarded with offers to buy more food. Take for example, the discounts and coupons that companies offer you in the grocery stores. Perhaps you should also include the large servings offered in restaurants. These may be strategies to make you purchase more, but if you consider your health, you’re fighting a losing battle.
There’s a stigma attached when you over-eat; even when you’re eating healthy desserts. Some people might even discourage you from the consumption of dessert altogether. They may go to great lengths by saying that even healthy desserts are not good for you. On the other hand, health experts are saying otherwise. They are saying that it’s OK to live a little and indulge a bit on healthy desserts; and they say that any kind of dessert, be it healthy or otherwise can boost how a person feels. Here’s how you can do that.
Quality, quality, quality
Some desserts sold in supermarkets are branded as diet-style, low calorie or low fat desserts. You may be tempted to buy lots of those, thinking that eating more of them won’t harm you. But not all of those diet desserts are healthy desserts—there are many artificial ingredients found in “diet” grocery products. Of course, you would not want to have them in your body, right? Instead of eating them, change to high quality healthy desserts that you can make yourself.
How about pairing your healthy desserts with fruit? Or better yet, just eat fruit for dessert. The truth of the matter is, many people fail to reach the recommended allowance of fruit servings per day. By satisfying your sugar craving with something healthy, you’ll want to eat fewer cakes. Furthermore, by eating healthier, you’ll gain more nutrients which you cannot find in most cookies and pies. It’s practically a win-win situation!
Find the perfect balance
You would not like to see your sugar peak too high. In order to avoid such instances, it’s best that when you eat sweet and healthy desserts, always pair them with food that is rich in either protein or fiber. These can help maintain your sugar level so you don’t have bouts of sugar crashes. In addition to that, fiber keeps you fuller for longer periods of time.
Eat whole foods
If you kick your sugar addiction and change to eating whole foods, you’ll realize that those past favorites, such as candies and the like, now seem far too sweet. Instead of eating pure sugar in the form of candy, why not try healthier alternatives, such as fruit?There are many naturally sweet fruits which will satisfy your sweet tooth. You’ll also come to realize that all you’ve been tasting is pure sugar—there is no balance in the flavor. Eating healthier alternatives will awaken your palate.
Eating cakes, or for this matter, healthier cakes or desserts, doesn’t mean you’re not enjoying your food. It’s no longer solely about the enjoyment of your food, but a better and longer life. Which will you choose?
What You Should Know About Not-So Healthy Desserts
Misinformation is really a marketing ruse. Food brands are continually coming up with innovative schemes to cover up ingredients in a lot of products, including the so-called healthy desserts.
Unless you’re picking your own fruit and veggies, or planting your own vegetable patch, how sure are you about the nature of the foods you eat?
Don’t you feel a bit crazy when people misguide you about things, even healthy desserts?
It’s important to read food labels, not just the ones you see at the back of the healthy foods’ packaging; you should also check what’s written on the front of the package of the healthy desserts you bought at the grocery store.
You just can’t be sure if you’re really getting what has been promised or not.
Healthy desserts that are bought at the supermarket are not immune from these cover-ups. Sometimes you may encounter a packaging that claims to be organic, but when you check the ingredients, not all of them are really organic.
As much as you want to be informed about healthy desserts, you just can’t be one hundred percent sure, unless you do everything on your own. Companies are getting more and more innovative. That being said, they are also getting better at telling you one thing, but doing another. How would you know which are the healthy desserts and which are not?
Sometimes you’ll see milk with fiber”. Did you ever ask yourself how can milk have fiber? Perhaps the reason that many milk brands now infuse their milk with fiber is that fiber is a good thing. Good things appeal to consumers.
Are you sure that what they add to your milk isn’t harmful in any way?
When you check the labels, if there are things that sound alien to you or unpronounceable, then you should think twice before buying that product.
Did you know that low-carbohydrate products actually have higher caloric content?
Naturally, this would be the case, because low-fat foods need to compensate on the taste, hence the introduction of some additional ingredients.
Some people overlook the fat content of the food. Even if the product says that it has low-carbohydrate content, it can also contain a high percentage of fats. Sometimes these low-carbohydrate types of food contain higher saturated fat contents than the usual suspects—in food, that is.
And there’s a new kid in town – sugar alcohol. One way that companies add this is by highlighting artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda. Splenda isn’t the only element that is used in “no-sugar-added” food products. Sugar alcohols are added too. If you’re allergic to this, then you’re doomed. Better check the label before you purchase something.
The best and sure-fire way to be ahead of the packaging wars is to read the labels. By being more informed about what’s in your food you’ll make better choices.
If we are talking about sugar, you should know that sugar is considered to be a junk food—and it isn’t just table sugar we are talking about here. There are many reasons why single women need to stay away from sugar and make the change to healthy desserts. That is, if they are looking for them!
Sugar is so embedded in the single woman’s thinking that wherever you look, you can find sugar. It’s practically everywhere. There are reasons why this is so. For one, sugar has been used as a preserving agent since time immemorial. Sugar is also a flavour enhancer. Single women believe that they have a sweet tooth and cannot live without sugar.
But is having a sweet tooth the be all and end all of things? Of course not. You can always eat healthy desserts as an alternative to sugars,which are totally lacking in nutrition. If you want to take the path towards a healthy life, the only way to go is to eat healthy. Naturally, you can only do so by having nutritious meals and desserts which are healthy.
Understandably, going from eating foods that aretoo sugary and sweet, to eatinghealthy, isn’t a road everyone wishes to take. It might be a long and arduous one. But everything depends on you and your determination to become healthier. So, why don’t you relax and stick to desserts that are healthy? Here are some tips that can help you change from merely being good to being the best you there can be.
Have a reason
Cutting outsugar from your diet and switching to healthy desserts isn’t for the faint of heart. The sugar cravingsand the need to gratifythemcan be too harsh for some people. You need to have motivation to reduce, if not eliminate, sugar from your diet. Withdrawal can be very difficult. But with the help of your motivation, and healthy desserts, you’re on the right path.
You can go ‘cold turkey’ if you feel you’re able to do so; but if you’re only half-hearted about it, giveyourself some time. Get yourself into conditionfirst, like a runner before amarathon. Healthy desserts can help you train for this!
Meditate on it
You must be chuckling at this. Giving up sugar requires meditation? You might say that is ridiculous—but, alas, it’s the opposite. Meditation can help you; just like those addicted to drugs, meditation can ease your addiction to sugar. Once you’re done, eating healthy desserts is a breeze.
Find a buddy
Kicking the sugar habit can be difficult when you don’t have the proper support group. Think of this as being like a runner who is jogging alone. It’s kind of boring and scary, isn’t it? With even just one buddy to help you deal with your sugar addiction, you’ll find his or her help invaluable—and you’ll have someone to cheer you up when you’re down, but trying to eat healthier alternatives.
There’s such a thing as sugar addiction. You may not be aware of it, but this kind of addiction is a fact. Kicking the habit sure needs a lot of help, but it’s still doable. How will you kick the sugar habit? Share with us.
Healthy Desserts for a Single Woman’s Immune System
When a single woman like you thinks of healthy desserts, the first things that come to mind are fruit salads—all mixed together. Yes, that may hold true, because most women really love fruit, but what about when a single woman wants to boost her immune system—what kinds of fruit must she use as ingredients in her healthy desserts?
It’s important to know what kind of fruit, or for that matter, what kind of food, you should add to a salad to increase your immunity. There are still some kinds of fruit that are more likely to boost immunity than others. Knowing what they are is vital, and is particularly true when the season for colds and flu is just around the corner. You should stack up on these healthy fruitsto chasethose viruses and bacteria away.
While it may be true that healthy desserts need a helping hand from other foods, it’s still vital to know that healthy desserts by themselves also act as boosters for the immune system. You need to augment your healthy desserts with the right kind of exercise and sleep. Add less stress to the mix, and you’re guaranteed to have better immunity against colds and flu.
Here’s a tip: find immunity-boosting foods by checking out fruits and veggies that are colorful. Usually these kinds of fruits and vegetables contain more immunity boosters for your body. Are you ready to find out which are the top three kinds of fruits and vegetables for immunity? Here they are.
You can carry it with berries
Berries have high levels of antioxidants. These antioxidants help to kick the viruses out of your system. In addition to that, berries contain high levels of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Both are actually power-punching antioxidants. You don’t have to look far and wide to find the most exciting berries. Those that you can find in your friendly neighborhood grocery store will do just fine. Check out raspberries and blueberries. But if you would like to try out something new, look for Acai and Koji berries in Asian stores; they usually have plenty in stock.
Be mellow with sweet potato
Do you know what makes sweet potatoes really good for boosting your energy? They contain beta-carotene. With further processing in the body, this becomes vitamin A, and while beta-carotene is already a strong antioxidant, turning this into vitamin A makes the sweet potato more a very potent vegetable. It really fights against disease.
Hairy kiwi does you good
Kiwis may be small, but then again, small packages can carry big surprises. This is the perfect analogy for kiwis. They are great sources of vitamin E for single women. Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant, which can protect you from infections and inflammation.
Another vitamin which you’ll find in this fruit is Vitamin C. Researchers have discovered that kiwis contain more Vitamin C than oranges!
There you’ve it. The three kinds of fruits and vegetables that contain the most immunity-boosting properties.
Three Amazing Healthy Asian Desserts
Asia is known as a treasure trove of healthy food. Be it street food, gourmet food, or anything in between, healthy food abounds everywhere in Asia—and only in Asia will you find the healthy desserts that will complement a savory or spicy meal. Did you ever wonder how Asian desserts became so healthy? Asian desserts are a great choice – for various reasons. One being that many desserts in Asia use fruit as the base for their recipes. Another point that needs to be noted here is that desserts need not contain a ton of sugar.These healthy desserts don’t contain any sugar,or just have a minimal sugar content of the natural sugar which is contained in the fruit.
In addition to that, healthy desserts made from fruit don’t contain fats; when preparing these healthy Asian desserts, you don’t have to add knobs of butter and the like just to increase the creaminess of the desserts.
Usually, when you think of lassi, you only think of a beverage. Lassi is a yoghurt-based drink common in India and Pakistan. One twist to the traditional lassi is the mango lassi, which uses mangoes to compensate for the lack of sugar. The best kind of yoghurt to use is Greek yoghurt.
When you want to make mango lassi, make sure that you start with a good brand of mango nectar, which is often made from concentrated mango juice. Also, if you’re going to make mango lassi popsicles, you’ll want to have some mango chunk sin your popsicle; so cut up some mangoes as well. To take things a notch higher, add spices such as cardamom and candied ginger to give your popsicles a kick. A good idea is to add some chopped pistachios in the bottom of your popsicle mold for crunch and texture.Pour the mango concentrate, yogurt and spices into a blender, and blend until smooth. Add the chopped mango and mix well. Pour mixture into paper cups or popsicle molds and freeze until almost firm, then insert a popsicle stick into the center of each and put back into the freezer until they are solid.
Rose Ice Cream
You might think that this dessert is pure indulgence. It’s indeed. This kind of ice cream is often served during hot summer days. This is also a dessert that goes well with aspicy curry. To add an Asian touch to your rose ice cream, add saffron and ground cardamom to the mix.
Rose ice cream is prepared by infusing already-prepared vanilla ice cream with rose syrup. Allow the ice cream to soften, then mix in the rose syrup and replace in the freezer. For added crunch, almonds, pistachios or cashews can be added to the ice cream before refreezing.
Green Tea Granita
As you well know, green tea has many medicinal benefits. This dessert uses green tea as its base, and is a pretty simple dessert to make. You just steep a few bags of green tea in hot water until the tea is to your liking. Add a little bit of ginger and honey. The honey acts as a sweetener, while the ginger will give the granita some zing. Add a squirt of lemon juice to the mix. Once you’ve mixed everything, strain the liquid to remove any solids. Pour the mix into a shallow baking pan and allow to freeze for a few hours. Once the granita is set, scrape it out of the pan and transfer the contents to champagne glasses and serve immediately.
These three healthy Asian desserts are inspired by Asia. Why don’t you give thema try and taste for yourself how good theyare?
Delight in This Healthy Dessert for Vegans
There are so many images one has when the word ‘vegan’ is mentioned, but you cannot categorize vegan food under one single label. It can cover practically anything. Regional cuisine? You can find many vegan recipes and healthy desserts there. If you’re looking for a light snack, a healthy dessert for vegans may be just be the right choice for you.
Vegan is healthy. There’s no doubt about that. But how about gourmet vegan food? Well, of course, you’ve a choice there, too. What is surprising about vegan food are the regional and traditional healthy desserts. For the most part, across the globe, regional healthy desserts are the backbone of a country’s cuisine.
Even if it takes some effort to find substitutes for animal ingredients, the fact that you get to try out new ideas on food preparation is more satisfying than you can imagine. In addition to that, vegan food, particularly the healthy desserts, has a different texture than usual. If you’re a foodie, you know that texture is something you look forward to in a meal.
Usually, when people think of vegan, the first few things that come to mind is that this kind of food will restrict the way they eat because they feel that there are limited choices for them if they go the vegan route.
Actually, this idea is only partially true. Come to think of it, healthy desserts made only of fruit or vegetable ingredients give you the power to explore other dishes, as well as different ingredients that you might not have even tried before. This will be better understood after you’ve created some healthy snacks the vegan way. Here is one of the most popular healthy desserts you can try. You’ll be surprised at how delicious it tastes!
Who would have thought that this healthy dessert for vegans could taste so divine? Here are the ingredients:
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- 1 ¼ cups of corn starch
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons chopped pistachio nuts
- Icing sugar
Here is what you’re going to do. First, combine the cream of tartar, rose water and corn starch. Next, gradually add water, making sure to add only enough to form a paste. Meanwhile, mix the rest of the water with the sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Once the mixture reaches boiling point, stop stirring in order to allow it to thicken and form a smooth syrup. Add the corn flour and rose water paste to the saucepan and stir until well blended. It’s now time to add the chopped pistachios to the mix. Pour in to lightly greased shallow container. Allow the mixture to cool. Once it’s set, cut into 1-inch squares, remove from the container and toss the cubes in confectioner’s sugar.
Turkish Delight is indeed a delight and a healthy dessert for vegans! Why don’t you give it a try?
The Single Woman’s Guide to Healthy Desserts
For sure, if you’re a single woman, you don’t have time to think about healthy desserts or spend much time brainstorming about how to cook them. It’s not that you don’t want to live the healthy way; it’s just that time isn’t your ally.
There are some occasions when you simply must entertain; and there’s no easierway to serve food than to order takeout and have it delivered. There’s nothing wrong with that. But if you want to shareyour living healthy lifestyle, you should also serve healthy desserts to your guests.
It may sound clichéd, but to serve fruit for dessert can not be overrated. What is best about serving fruit as your healthy dessert is that you don’t just get the sweet treat after your meal; you also become healthier. You see, almost all fruit contains some vitamins and fiber—and be honest, how often do you eat healthy desserts such as fruit? Perhaps hardly ever.
For some people, eating fruit as a healthy dessert may be too boring. Some think that since a slice of their favorite tart or cake contains fruit, what they’re eating is a healthy dessert. Perhaps you want to indulge a little, yet you seem to regret it the moment you clean your plate! What should you do? It’s a good thing that there are substitutes that can help you get out of the rut of always serving plain fruit.
Instead of offering a whole cup of whipping cream, why don’t you reduce it to just 1/8th cup? By reducing the amount of cream, you save 17.5 grams of fat, as well as 162 calories. When you’re eating your baked apples or oven-baked pears, you’ll want to pair it with ice cream, right? But as you know, ice cream contains too many fats and calories. So what should you do? Use the alternative—low-fat ice cream! But you should not stop there; you should also reduce the amount you eat.
Let’s say, you normally use a 1/2 cup of ice cream. Instead of using that amount, why don’t you try using 1/4cup of the low-fat version instead? That way, you’ll save 10.5 grams of sugar and 130 calories.
When pies are served, do you usually add a knob of butter or margarine on top?Is that amount of butter or margarine really important? Can you just skip it? Of course, you can! You should resist the temptation to put it on your pies. You’re adding extra calories and fat. Imagine if you don’t add them; you’ll reduce your calorie intake by 100 and your fat intake by 11.5 grams!
How about reducing the amount of sugar when you’re cooking fruits, such as apples? Is that possible? Of course it is. By reducing the amount of sugar by one tablespoon, you cut back the calories by 45 and the carbohydrates by 12.5 grams.
There are many alternative ways to cut back on calories and fats. Just be innovative. By doing so, you’ll enjoy your healthy desserts even more.
Perhaps when you were younger, you may have seen the “Bananas in Pajamas” TV show. But this article isn’t about that kiddie show. It’s about using bananas as your healthy desserts. In fact, you could say that bananas are one of the staple healthy dessert foods. You should always replenish your stock of bananas, and make sure you always have them in the house. Bananas rank high in the healthy dessert or snack category.
These healthy desserts give you a boost in energy, particularly in the morning. Bananas contain loads of potassium; a mineral your body needs in order to function properly. They are packed with nutrients but are still easy on the stomach. Have you tried freezing a banana? Well, what have you noticed? Bananas are different level from other healthy desserts. Have you tried being creative in your preparation of healthy desserts, such as frozen bananas? If you’ve not, then this is for you. Are you ready?
But wait! There are certain considerations you need to follow before you can have frozen healthy desserts using bananas.
The type of bananas
The bananas you should use for making healthy frozen desserts should be a little bit overripe. One way to know you’ve chosen the right ones is that the bananas have brown spots on their skins. The reason for choosing them is that at this stage, bananas are at their ripest.
Freeze them naked
When you freeze a banana, you peel off the skin and remove those tiny strings that sometime attach to the body of the banana. Since you’ll be using slightly overripe bananas, remove anybrown spots with a knife. Put them in a sealed plastic bag and store in the freezer. Once frozen, you can now eatthe bananas on their own, or you can create shakes and smoothies with them. You can even cook the frozen bananas, if you like.
Now, are you really, really, ready for one banana recipe?
Banana smoothie…or is it banana ice cream?
If you’re dreaming of guilt-free ice cream, you can use your frozen bananas to make some. You can also say that this is the same as having a banana smoothie—but it’s not quite like that. Nevertheless, this healthy banana dessert is still yummy —and it’ll make you feel full!
What you need are half a dozen frozen bananas and some other soft fruit. You can either use papayas, berries or peaches. (Be sure to remove the black seeds fromthe papaya.) Slice the bananas and papaya into similar-sized pieces. Place the sliced fruit in ablender. Be sure to use the S-shape blade to combine the two together. You can make this recipechunky or creamy – it’s your preference. However, most people prefer the creamy version. If you want frozen ice cream, you can freeze the mixture before eating; but why wait for it to be frozen when you can eat it straight from the blender?
This is another take on the most trusted fruit of all time; the banana—and it’s a good way to perk up your mornings as well.
Top Dessert Makers on Amazon
The recent popular campaigns against obesity, heart attacks, and other related diseases paved way to the influx of health and fitness programs and diets on magazines, TV, and the Internet. Today, people have become much more aware of getting healthy and fit. Yes, I’m sure even you’ve gathered tons of information about getting fit and eating healthy.
More and more people, regardless of age and gender, have opted to eat healthy by adding more fruits and veggies into their diets while taking in moderation foods that are very high in sugar, carbohydrates, calories, and cholesterol. With these in mind, technology has also come up with healthy dessert makers that are perfect for getting us those healthy treats we all deserve.
Read on to find the top healthy dessert makers found on Amazon!
Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker
When people talk about getting healthy and eating right, they usually think about the effort they’re going to spend just to come up with healthy food and dessert ideas. And usually when that happens, they just lose their focus altogether. But then you can think about healthy desserts and also think about how easy you’re going to make them using Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker.
Here are the reasons that this product is perfect for those who want simplicity in all they do:
• Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker helps create healthy desserts by instantly turning frozen fruits and other added flavors into delicious treats.
• The healthy desserts you get from this device looks and tastes like soft-serve ice cream minus the added fats, sugar, and even preservatives.
• The instructions are easy to follow and allow fast creations of healthy desserts.
• Last but certainly not least, it’s super easy to clean – something that all women love.
This awesome treat maker comes in three lovely colors that will add brightness to your day – blue, red, and pink. Get this nice-looking treat maker and you won’t regret trying it!
Cooks Club Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker
If handy is what you’re looking for, then Cooks Club Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker is your answer. Just like Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker, this healthy dessert maker is very simple to operate and also very easy to clean. Because it’s handy, it can only accommodate a few fruits, so if you need to make yourself a bowl of different fruits for your healthy dessert, you’ll have to make sure you’ve scheduled enough time for you to make your yummy dessert.
It comes in 5 different colors. Variety is always a good thing, especially for those who feel that color is an important part of the choosing process. While it’s definitely cheaper than Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker, the quality of the outcome is never compromised.
Your quick, small, healthy snacks are just one click away when you use Cooks Club Frozen Dessert Maker!
Magic Bullet Dessert Blenders
Magic Bullet Dessert Blenders are awesome. We all know how wonderful it feels to have a device that satisfies our cravings for healthy desserts in just a few seconds. Imagine getting your healthy desserts and treats without worrying about fats, sugar, and calories served to you in just 10 seconds or less! Wouldn’t that amaze you?
Magic Bullet Dessert Blenders make fast desserts possible because of its 350-watt motor that helps make frosty desserts and treats. It couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is chop up some frozen fruits and shove them into the shoot. When you’re ready, simply press the button and out comes your healthy frozen dessert! It’s very easy and convenient to use.
Weighing 6 pounds, this device is a lot cheaper than the first two products previously mentioned. You also don’t have to worry about the cleanup as it’s easy to clean and all parts are dishwasher safe.
Enjoy family time making healthy desserts using Magic Bullet Dessert Blenders, and not only will you get good family bonding but also a great tasting dessert!
Yonanas 901 Deluxe Ice Cream Treat Maker
A lot of people, including me, usually associate the word “deluxe” with something that’s pricey. So when I heard of Yonanas Deluxe Ice Cream Treat Maker, I immediately thought about how much I would need to pay just for me and my family to get some healthy dessert makers. Well, it’s actually the lowest price out of all the products I have talked about. I couldn’t believe it, but yes, this Deluxe Ice Cream Treat Maker costs cheaper but does a whole lot, which generated great reviews from customers.
Here is the good stuff that comes with Yonanas Deluxe Ice Cream Treat Maker:
• Churns and turns frozen fruits into healthy desserts with a texture of frozen yogurt or soft-serve ice cream.
• Blends and incorporates all the fruits together and turns them into a silky smooth confection.
• Includes a dessert storage container, four popsicle molds, and a recipe booklet that will make your preparation so much easier.
Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars by the customers, this Deluxe Ice Cream Treat Maker is a must-buy for your healthy desserts. Believe me, this device is money well spent!
In today’s world, investing in good healthy dessert makers that help us achieve a healthy overall being is very important. Always look at the products and all the details and benefits these products can give you. Any of these products can serve you well, depending on what you need and what you’re looking for.Lastly, I'm starting to tell other women about a health newsletter that I've benefited immensely from and that I highly recommend. I think you might like it, too. If you want, you can sign up here.
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