Do you want to have your health lifestyle and dessert too? You can! You don’t have to cut out all sweets and desserts just because you are currently tweaking your diet, or because you want to lose weight. You just need to rethink your desserts, explore the diet-friendly types, and choose some healthier options.
Oatmeal is a healthy, nutrient-dense food that is also very versatile. You don’t just have to enjoy it for breakfast! With a nice bowl of oatmeal, you get a warm and hearty meal in the morning or for a snack, and some healthy whole grains at the same time.
Oats are one of the healthiest grains on earth. They are a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of beneficial vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Oats are a weight loss superfood that are high in protein and low in calories, which help you get back into those skinny jeans. Oats take time to digest in the body and tend to burn calories. This is what makes oats a good source of energy through the day and can also lower your cholesterol.
Want to increase the nutrition of your oatmeal? Try the raw cut oatmeal rather than those pre-flavored instant oatmeal packs. They tend to have extra sugar that is unnecessary. You can make oatmeal with sliced fruit and honey that will be just as sweet, but much better for you. Oats can also be used in many other healthy desserts, including smoothies, health oat muffins, no-bake chocolate cookies with oats, and energy bites.
Healthy Sugar Alternatives
If you have a sweet tooth, but want to consume less sugar, just look for healthier alternatives. This is a good way to gradually cut back on the sweetness in your diet, but still satisfy your cravings. Think of natural forms of sugar like fresh fruit, Stevia drops, Monk fruit sweetener, honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or dates. These all provide a lot of sweetness to your desserts, but don’t have table sugar in them. Most of these sugar substitutes can be added to your favorite recipes to help lower calories.
Honey actually has some amazing health benefits. it is rich in antioxidants, helps with seasonal allergies, supports heart health, and more. So with honey, you can eat you sweet and get super health benefits too!
Get Dark Chocolate
Chocolate has antioxidants and many important nutrients, but milk chocolate tends to be packed with milk and sugar. If you want the nutrients without the extra ingredients, look for dark chocolate instead. Dark chocolate contains a lot of antioxidants, plus nutrients like iron, zinc, and fiber. Dark chocolate is simply chocolate with a higher amount of cocoa in it. Look for about 70% or more, and gradually increase that as you get more used to the taste of darker chocolate.
Try dark chocolate covered fruits or nuts for a satisfying snack or treat. You will get your sweets fix, plus get beneficial nutrients from the additional fruits or nuts.
People often think of dessert as being filled with sugar and fat, like cheesecake, pie, cookies, and brownies. But that doesn’t have to be your only dessert option. Dessert can simply be another snack you enjoy in the evening after dinner, from oatmeal or yogurt bowls, to a green juice or cup of fruit with stevia. Start working in other snacks as your dessert, and soon your entire mindset about it will change for the better.
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