Eat More Healthy Dessert This YearJan 25, 2023
Yes, you heard me correctly!
This year aim to eat MORE dessert.
Often when we want to be healthier, and to feel more energized and confident in our clothes, we start by depriving ourselves of the things we enjoy, like dessert.
Deprivation is never sustainable. Willpower only lasts so long.
When we cave, we often feel down on ourselves or worse, stop working towards our goals.
But what if we didn’t have to give up, or reduce, dessert to still be able to achieve our goals?
What if dessert could feel like a treat AND be good for our bodies at the same time?
What if instead of cutting out desserts we made our desserts nutrient dense and free of toxic inflammatory ingredients
This year, I want to encourage you to have more of what you enjoy by making desserts that are nourishing to your body while containing less toxic and inflammatory ingredients.
Here is how to make your desserts more nourishing (i.e. nutrient dense):
- Use beneficial fats like avocado, organic butter, ghee, coconut oil, walnut/olive oil, and nut butters.
- Add fiber rich foods like flax seeds, chia seeds, oatmeal, hemp seeds, and berries.
- Add chopped/blended veggies and greens (carrots, spinach, cauliflower, sweet potato).
- Add foods that are good for the gut like beet, turmeric, and ginger.
- Add superfoods including adaptogens to boost immunity and help your body combat stress. I often add Shakeology to my desserts/smoothies because it contains 70+ superfoods in one scoop.
Here is how to decrease inflammatory and toxic ingredients in your dessert:
- Swap grains/grain flour with coconut, almond, cassava, or chickpea
If using a grain flour, choose gluten-free, non-GMO options (Grains are highly sprayed with pesticides and often modified to withstand these chemicals. This makes the grains harder for our body to digest, and introduces more toxins into our gut, damaging the gut lining and our microbiome).
- Swap cane sugar and artificial sweeteners with maple, honey, stevia, or monk fruit. Maple and honey, while processed the same in your body as cane sugar, contain useful nutrients, whereas cane sugar is nutrient void. Stevia and monk fruit are plant sweeteners that are more friendly to your body’s blood sugar balancing system.
- Reduce the quantity of sweeteners when possible. Often dessert recipes call for WAY more sweetener than really needed. This means you consume more sugar which is highly inflammatory and doesn’t help with your weight loss goals. It also trains your taste buds to want highly flavorful foods rather than teaching them to enjoy more moderately sweet foods.
- Swap vegetable, corn, and hydrogenated oils for the beneficial ones I listed above. These oils are highly inflammatory, especially when heated. Your cells and hormones are made from the fats you eat, so don’t build your “house” with sticks instead of bricks.
For me, dessert is often a smoothie, but when I have time, I like to make simple desserts.
I’d love to send you my healthy smoothie dessert recipe book for free that includes 10 healthier smoothie recipes you can make at home!
I’ll also send you my healthier dessert recipe book that includes 10 healthier dessert recipes!
For those who order the 24-30 serving bag of Shakeology, you’ll also have the option to schedule a complimentary coaching session with me (value $150) to discuss your nutrition and fitness goals and receive guidance and recommendations to help you move towards your goals.
To receive your gifts and coaching session, simply place your order for your Shakeology Sampler Pack here or order a full size of Shakeology here, and then email me at [email protected] with your order number!
My goal as your fitness and nutrition partner is to help you learn to love fitness and enjoy fueling your body with nourishing foods.
It’s about building health from the inside out and enjoying the journey.
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