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My favorite (healthy!) desserts

 

Hi and happy Feel-Good Monday!


This is where we share our favorite tips, tricks, secrets, and ways to "think like a healthy person" so that you can find your own delicious path to healthy living.

"Feel-Good Mondays" are meant to help us get back into that place of feeling energized, nourished, and ready to take inspired action for the week ahead.  


This week I’m vacationing in Aruba with Matt and Rye – and I’m definitely indulging more than I do at home.

But holidays aside, when it comes to my day-to-day treats, there still usually isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t eat something sweet. In general, I actually have more of a salt-tooth (tortilla chips are my weakness!), but I do like to end the day with some sort of dessert and I like to feel good about it.

It’s totally natural to crave sweet flavors. Our brains are actually biologically driven to seek high-calorie, high-sugar foods as a survival mechanism (a total genetic holdover from our hunter-gatherer days).

But the good news is that we can learn to control and gently manipulate those primitive parts of our brain. In our practice, we work with our clients to reduce sugar cravings naturally. That means making it easier to reach for (and actually crave) a bowl of berries instead of a bowl of ice cream.

One of the ways that we do that is by encouraging healthier, gentler sweets and sweeteners that don’t create the same rollercoaster highs (and lows) that white sugar does. Not only is that a healthier choice for the body, but it also leads to reduced sugar cravings on the whole.

Some of my favorite healthy desserts (that I reach for weekly!) include:

Chocolate Date “Sandwich”: Take one date (medjool dates tend to be the softest and most caramel-like) and remove pit. Place 1-2 dark chocolate squares inside the date and wrap the date around the chocolate. These are addictively good!

Banana Ice Cream: Always a hit – especially with kids!

Dark Chocolate: Go for organic and at least 70% cocoa content.

Pomegranate Seeds & Chocolate Chips: Mix about a ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips with a ¼ cup of pomegranate seeds. It’s so pretty in the bowl, and the crunch of the juicy seeds with the crunch of the chocolate chips is amazing.

Salted Caramel Date Sauce Ah-mazing and easy to make! Dip apple slices or drizzle it on top of yogurt.
 

Enjoy, and here’s to a sweet week ahead!

With love,

P.S. What are your favorite healthy sweet treats? I’d love to hear about them on our Facebook Page!