Is that really possible?
For those of us with a sweet tooth (or shall we make that "teeth"), sweet treats derail the best laid plans for staying or getting healthy.
Ideally, limiting sweets or getting them out of your diet entirely is a great way to go, but I know that's a pretty tall task for most of us.
So, in the interest of setting reasonable goals, I am going to share with you all today:
- ways to make your current dessert recipes healthier
- some healthy dessert options from my recipe box
1. Cut the Sweetener
2. Try a Healthier Sweetener
If you are able to eat sweeteners with a higher glycemic load (that's the effect that food has on your blood sugar) then:
- maple syrup would be better choices than white sugar.
If, however, you really need to stay away from sweeteners that raise your blood sugar or that feed candida, then choose sweeteners like:
- stevia (Stevia extract is super sweet! 1/32 tsp = 1/2 - 1 Tbsp)*
- vegetable glycerine and
- yacon syrup
- palm and coconut sugar (both have quite low glycemic indexes and taste great)
3. Use More Whole Grain Flours
Just making a move in the direction of more whole grains is a great step to take.
Try substituting 1/3 - 1/2 of the flours in your recipes with whole grain alternatives. Eventually you can make the move to more and more whole grains.
4. Use Natural Fats
There's a lot of debate about which fats are healthier, but an easy move to make is away from margarine and processed fats to fats in their natural state.
Good choices would be:
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- palm shortening
A general rule of thumb is to use 7/8 the amount of olive oil in a recipe calling for a solid fat.
When baking with coconut oil instead of butter, sometimes a 1:1 substitution works. I don't have the substitutions figured out completely here, but I'm working on it!
I hope this gives you inspiration to take some of your dessert recipes and give them a healthy makeover.
You may notice a change in flavor or texture, but over time, you will appreciate the healthier, heartier taste and the blessing of knowing that you are doing your family a favor with healthier choices.
Here is a list of some of our family favorites--the ones that get requested over and over again.
They all have special diet options included.
Enjoy--in good health--from my family to yours.
- Silky Bean Fudge
- Soft Pumpkin Cookies
- Chocolate Almond Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream
- Homemade "Jello"
- Almond Joy Bars
- Almost "Reese's" Candy
- Luscious Lemon Bars