Dear Leah Renee,
I have a terrible sweet tooth and I need help! Do you have any suggestions for healthier dessert options? ~Bonnie, TX
Oh, if only chocolate didn’t taste sooo good! Maybe chocolate isn’t your thing, but it’s safe to say most of us crave sweets from time to time (or in some cases daily…hourly…). Sometimes we’ll say the heck with it and just indulge in the most decadent dessert possible. Other times we’ll want to be a little more conservative, satisfying the craving without having the guilt or suffering the consequences of a sugar hangover.
First order of business: choose your poison. Next, choose the alternative…or get even more hardcore and choose the even healthier option.
Choosing organic candy or chocolate is not necessarily going to be any less caloric or contain less sugar than its conventional counterparts, but it will take away all those nasty chemicals and bad ingredients (like GMO’s) that organic will leave behind. In my opinion, this is so important. Our body’s were designed to digest and filter ingredients it knows, and that means as natural as possible. So, I say if it’s chocolate and peanut butter you love, go for Justin’s Peanut Butter cups (instead of on like Reese’s). In this particular case, there’s 7 less grams of sugar in Justin’s. Want a homemade option? Try this:
You can use a spoonful of each, first peanut butter then topped with chocolate chips, or you can use what’s left in the jar and add the chocolate chips right in the container. I like sprinkling some cinnamon or add a little raw honey too! You could even warm the chocolate chips up a little first to make it even more decadent.
If your more of an ice cream person, again, choose one with minimal ingredients, or even one without dairy at all. If you’re thinking of frozen yogurt, I would do ice cream instead. Fro-yo tends to contain a whole slew of harmful ingredients. Check out this by Food Babe for the low-down on just how crazy the additives in frozen yogurt has become. And if that weren’t enough–adding all the toppings available, unless it’s fruit, will be a total sugar and chemical overload. Here are some ice cream brands that are a step above the rest IF you are not making your own at home (click pic for info):
Down to make your very own at home? You can do it with as little as one ingredient! Frozen bananas! Yes, it’s that easy. They need to be frozen beforehand, I usually just gather up some that are too ripe to eat anymore, slice them in half, and freeze them (without the skin) in the morning or before bed. Put some in your Vitamix, food processor, or high speed blender, wait until they’ve defrosted just a little (enough to start blending, or you can add a little almond milk), and start blending. Want a mint version? Add a little peppermint oil or extract. Vanilla? Add vanilla extract. Want the works? Add a tablespoon of almond or peanut butter and some chocolate chips. If you like it fruity, put some berries on top, or blend with it.
Whatever your poison, there’s a healthier fix! Enjoy your occasional indulgence, guilt-free.