Who doesn't remember Grandma's cooking or that certain dessert that your cousin always makes for family parties? Cooking and eating are part of great, lifetime memories. If you are following a healthy lifestyle, parties and desserts may create anxiety and stress. It is a struggle! You want to follow your healthy routine but are tempted to splurge. My advice: go for it and indulge!
No one can follow a healthy lifestyle 100% of the time. That is unrealistic! We must indulge at some point to connect with our family traditions and create memories. Parties and family gatherings are a great time to try a new recipe and introduce it to the family. You never know, a healthy dessert recipe maybe become a new family favorite.
I always look for new ways to create a healthy dish for a party and sometimes it is a hit, other times, it isn't. That is OK! Not everyone wants to follow a healthy lifestyle. Some people want to keep eating the way they eat and not worry about their health (until it is gone). That is their decision!
An important part of following a healthy lifestyle is recognizing that not everyone has the same health goals. Some people are unwilling to make changes in their routine regardless if it is creating health problems for them now or later in life. We can't force others to make changes they don't want to make. Meaningful change has to come from within.
HEALTHY INGREDIENT SWAPS
One of the easiest ways to make dessert healthier is to swap ingredients. Here are 5 easy and healthy ingredient swaps to make traditional recipes healthier.
1) Use Coconut Sugar instead of White Sugar
Coconut Sugar is a very easy swap for recipes calling for white sugar. Coconut sugar is sweet and a low glycemic ingredient. When a food or ingredient is called low glycemic, it means it won't spike your blood sugar. The glycemic index calculates how likely a food is to spike blood sugar. Diabetics use the index to monitor sugar intake.
Keeping blood sugar stable is one of the easiest ways to keep our bodies healthy. When our blood sugar is constantly increased quickly, it can lead to diabetes and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. (Source: CardioSmart) Processed foods, white flour, cane sugar and very sweet fruits can easily spike blood sugar.
2) Use Gluten Free Flour instead of White or Wheat flour
Gluten sensitivity and intolerance is a growing epidemic in the United States and, increasingly, worldwide. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. You can think of gluten as glue because it helps food maintain its shape. (Source: NIH)
Gluten is a problem for our overall health because it can lead to significant damage of the small intestine. When the small intestine is damaged severely, it can lead to the inability to absorb nutrients from our food and any supplements we may take. The good news is by following a gluten-free lifestyle, the intestines can heal and we can avoid severe digestive system damage. (Source: National Celiac Association)
Gluten free flours have come a long way. There are plenty of alternatives now labeled a 1 for 1 replacement for white or wheat flour. You can usually find gluten free flours near the traditional flours.
3) Use Plant Based Milk instead of Cow's Milk
There is a lot of controversy about if cow's milk is good for the human body or not. Some people can't digest the lactose naturally found in milk. Others may not think twice about buying milk and are exposing themselves to hormones and toxins if they aren't buying organic milk.
Whatever your situation, if you choose to use plant based milk instead of cow's milk, you can be confident that plant based will perform just as well as cow's milk in any recipe.
4) Use Fruit instead of Sugar
There are many fruit alternatives that can be used instead of white sugar in recipes. Mashed bananas, unsweetened applesauce and date syrup are just a few alternatives. Not only will you enjoy a low sugar dessert but you will add fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.
5) Use Beans instead of Flour
Beans make an excellent substitute when looking for baking replacements for flour. Flourless brownies, cookies and cakes use black or white beans, which are very flavor neutral. Beans can be used as a 1 to 1 ratio when baking.
Healthy habits such as using substitutions when baking may be a goal or a habit you currently follow. It may make you feel good that you are providing a healthy alternative for your family and friends. But what if you are trying to be healthy and struggle from specific symptoms? Symptoms so disruptive to your life you feel like you can't enjoy life?
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👉Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues
👉Headaches and migraines
👉Acne and itchy skin
👉Tired all the time
👉Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
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Below are 35 healthy desserts that will impress! Just click on the name of the recipe to be brought to it.
I rarely bake cakes but when I know that there is a large crowd to feed, it feels like the perfect time to bake a cake. I even found a zucchini dessert recipes! Here are some healthy options to try.
Like little pieces of heaven! Cupcakes are more my style since they are already proportionately sized. Think of cupcakes as a way to provide a sweet, healthy treat that is just enough for one person. Cupcakes are the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe.
The ultimate party food is the cookie. People can graze on several kind and not feel like they have to commit to one dessert. Thinking about making pumpkin dessert recipes? I found a healthy pumpkin chocolate chip cookie to try.
Pies are fun to make and there usually aren't a lot of them. That makes a pie stand out when it is on the dessert table. Fall dessert recipes always make me think about making a pie. There is something so hearty and warming about a slice of pie after dinner.
Similar to a cookie, a dessert bar allows people to sample a little of everything. There certainly isn't a shortage of healthy recipes to try.
I hope you enjoyed learning about healthy substitutions to use when baking. While you may be following specific healthy habits, it is OK to indulge. If we do not indulge, we are being too strict and can lose touch with our family traditions. It is the long term commitment that makes big differences in our health. Taking the time to indulge occasionally is a necessary part of life.
Do you think you will try any of the recipes above? Let me know by leaving a comment below.