There’s always that dilemma of making our desserts to be healthy or just eat them the way it is. But for most, we like to indulge in our desserts in its original form and taste. There’s nothing wrong with that, just don’t forget to make up with your usual healthy eating routine to keep unwanted and bad nutrition at bay.
However, some people are still trying to find ways how to keep their calorie levels low while munching on their favorite chocolate cake. And then we have the internet, which is a crowded place for everything you need. Of course, a quick Google search will take you to millions of sites on how to make your desserts as healthy as possible. The real question is, are you doing it right? Is there a way to make your desserts healthy while still being mouth-watering at the same time? Luckily, you can, which is what we are going to tackle down below.
Calories Aren’t Enough
- Desserts that focus more on low calories or added sugar is not all the time “healthy,” as some might say. Of course, you can munch on those eye-candy treats that are high in sugar with minimal calories and still lose weight. However, the price to pay can be horrifying, since you’re putting your life in danger by getting various health diseases in the long run.
- Proper nutrition is essential for a healthy lifestyle, and the same thing goes for desserts, not only your main course meals. Having an ample amount of good nutrients such as fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals in your desserts seems exciting, you have to find a way how to incorporate them into such.
Creating Healthy Desserts
The key to a healthy dessert lies on the ingredients you will be using in creating one. Be it a recipe that you are already fond of or something that your creative brain has in mind.
- Ingredients to Limit – Cutting calories is as simple as reducing the amount of sugar and fat in your desserts. This dynamic duo is found in almost every dessert as they are responsible for giving texture and flavor to our favorite treats. The downside of such is they also add unwanted calories in our body, making us gain weight. Listed below are ingredients that are rich in sugar and calories you will definitely want to cut off.
- Heavy creams
- Egg Yolk
- White/refined flours
- Added sugars (brown sugar, table sugar, maple syrup, agave)
- Sweetened/condensed milk
- Choosing the right ingredients – Creaminess and texture don’t rely on sugar and calories alone, but with better ingredients. Such examples include healthy fats and whole-based products. Avocado, nuts, pumpkin, and overripe bananas all provide additional nutrients while keeping your favorite desserts creamy and delicious as they can be. Products such as date paste contain zero sugar but are rich in antioxidants and fiber. For egg alternatives, you can soak chia and flax seeds in water instead. Here are more examples below.
|Usual Ingredients||Healthy Alternative|
|Butter/Oil||Canned pumpkin, Avocado, Ripe Bananas|
|Added Sugar||Dried fruit paste, Frozen fruit|
|White flour||Oats, Grain flour, Canned beans|
|Egg yolk||Chia seeds, Flaxseed|
|Sweetened milk||Greek yogurt, Unsweetened Plant-based milk|
Healthy Desserts for You
Tired of the usual carrot cake recipe you’ve been making for years? Here are two examples of mouth-watering desserts for you to try.
- Vegan Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding – Who says desserts can’t be delicious and healthy at the same time? With this one, you get a gluten-free, vegan pudding that contains 9g of fiber per serving. The secret lies in its main ingredient, which is the chia seeds. When soaked in liquid, chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times their own volume, thus, creating a natural gel texture that can be used in puddings and smoothies. The best part? Chia seeds are great for weight loss as they can help draw water into your gut and just like fiber, helps you keeping full throughout the day.
Chia seeds are also rich in nutrients such as they contain 5g of protein per ounce and 9g of healthy fat. They are also rich in omega-3 that is essential for heart health.
- Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies – Keeping negativity aside, chocolate is good for your health. It’s the added sugar that makes it unhealthy as well as its over-processing. Chocolate came from cocoa, which is a seed that is high in antioxidants, fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals. Cocoa also improves your overall mood, brain, and heart health too.
When it comes to choosing cocoa, avoid the ones that are alkalinized. Alkalizing (dutching as some people call it) is the chemical that’s used to process cocoa powder to ward off its bitter taste. The result is lesser antioxidants and nutrients because of the alkalizing process.