Valentine’s Day is coming, and with it, lots of and lots of chocolate. However, as we all know, eating too much sugar can cause weight gain and all sorts of health problems. A few pieces of chocolate or conversation hearts on Valentine’s Day isn’t going to derail our nutrition plan, but eating unhealthy desserts every day can. So what do you do if you have a major sweet tooth? Try these healthy desserts instead.
Ease your cravings with these healthy dessert alternatives:
1. Yogurt & honey
Start with plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt. Add a drizzle of raw, organic or local honey and top it off with some fresh raspberries or blackberries.
2. Frozen fruit pops
Blend the following ingredients and then pour into popsicle molds and freeze:
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
3. Healthy “frosty”
Blend the following into a creamy, chocolate-y smoothie:
3/4 cup almond or coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 of a banana
Add stevia or honey to taste
About 15 ice cubes
Of course, the healthiest dessert is fresh fruit. Try some of nature’s candy to cure your cravings for sugar. Strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango, and kiwi are all sweet and delicious.
5. THM “Cottage Berry Whip”
You may or may not have heard of the Trim Healthy Mama diet. This is one of their “fuel pull” recipes. Put 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese and 1/2 cup frozen berries in blender. Add Truvia or THM Sweet Blend to taste, dash of vanilla, and blend well. Place in a parfait glass and enjoy!
6. Flourless Chocolate Brownies
The secret to these brownies is powdered peanut butter. This recipe is from Skinnytaste.com.
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 cup powdered peanut butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp water
1/2 cup raw honey
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a nonstick 9 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Beat the egg and egg white in a small bowl with a whisk.
In a large bowl combine the PB2, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and mix well with a spatula. Add the egg and egg whites and stir. Add water, honey, vanilla and stir with a spatula until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake about 30 minutes. Set aside to cool, then cut into 12 bars cutting 3 rows x 4 rows.
7. Coconut Almond Fudge
This recipe is from The Maker’s Diet. This “fudge” is straight up indulgent tasting, while still good for you!
1 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
3/4 cup carob powder (or non alkalized unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/4 cup raw almond butter
1/4 cup unheated honey
1 tbsp vanilla
Place all ingredients in small saucepan and stir until melted. Spread paste on buttered parchment paper or small dish; allow to cool in refrigerator. remove and serve immediately.
8. Cinnamon raisin toast
Try toasting a slice of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread and then spreading it with extra virgin coconut oil and honey. Quick and easy!
Let us know if you have any more suggestions for healthy desserts!