May 06, 2021
Sometimes, don’t you think that the world is quite unfair? Why is it that delicious foods are almost always never healthy? Yes, we’re talking about cakes, cupcakes, doughnuts. These items are often sugary and high in calories—which can heighten your risk of heart conditions, cavities, obesity, and other diseases. Sugar, spice, and… Everything not nice, we suppose.
Though the most logical solution would be to reduce your consumption—or if you’re a little extreme, stop eating these foods altogether—admit it: it’s easier said than done, especially if you’ve got a sweet tooth like us!
Thus, we present to you the second-most logical solution: HEALTHY-BUT-TASTY DESSERTS to satisfy the sugar cravings while also staying fit and healthy!
As the temperatures drop and winter slowly creeps in Australia, we consequently mark the end of the country’s berry season. Thus, we strongly advise you to buy as much as you can while supplies last! Under favourable conditions, berries would stay fresh for 4-7 days, but there are also ways to further extend their shelf life.
All this to say, you can make a heavenly smoothie bowl using your berries of choice as the main ingredient. Simply blend them along with almond milk—a great low-calorie alternative to cow’s milk—until it has a puree consistency, then top it off with even more berries, almonds, or chestnuts. Ta-da! This smoothie bowl is a great starter if you’re looking to switch your old eating habits to healthier ones.
FUN FACT: Raspberries and strawberries technically aren’t considered berries, but you know what is? Bananas. Yup, bananas ARE berries. However, if you enjoy raspberries and strawberries, feel free to add them to your berry smoothie bowl!
Got some apples rotting away as you read this? Perfect! And if you don’t, not to worry! It’s still apple-picking season till June anyway.
This next recipe uses the classic apple and cinnamon pairing, which is absolutely scrumptious and nutritious at the same time. To make, start by peeling and slicing your apples. Then, saute in ¼ cup of water for 6 minutes. Some recipes use butter, margarine, or oil, but water would be the healthy way to go. Sprinkle with spices, add your cornstarch (or any alternative thickening agent), and stir until the mixture thickens. Serve as is, and voila!
In less than 20 minutes, you’ve got yourself something delectable that doesn’t break the calorie bank!
PRO TIP: Though it still depends on your preference, firm apples like Fiji and Granny Smith are recommended for this recipe. Moreover, you can also choose not to peel the apples for less preparation time and more fibre.
It’s no secret that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups aren’t as popular in Australia as it is in the US. Down Under, we can only get the powdery candy in import food shops at a costly price, but maybe that’s for the best, as it actually contains excessive amounts of sugar that cause weight gain and related chronic diseases.
Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of Reese’s or just love peanut butter in general, you’d definitely love this cold, fruity alternative! What you’ll be needing are 2 frozen bananas, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, a few drops of vanilla extract, a spoonful of coconut milk, and of course, some peanut butter. Pop all your ingredients in the blender until you get that soft-serve texture, and there you have it! It tastes as delightful as your regular Reese’s, but without the large amounts of sugar!
PRO TIP: Add some roasted almonds for an added crunch!
Craving for something a bit higher on carbs? We’ve got you as always. This last recipe would be a low-calorie take on the classic brownie that we’ve all come to love. It’s relatively time-consuming and complicated to make in comparison to the previous recipes, but for brownies that only have 100 calories? Count us in.
The process is similar to making regular brownies, so just prepare and bake them as you normally would, but for a healthier alternative, we’ve cut down on using sugar and butter. As follows are the ingredients that you’ll be needing:
PRO TIP: Ditch the chocolate chips or any other sprinkles! Go nuts in going for nuts!
Having sweets in moderation is okay and a fun part of maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet. Has it been a while since you’ve actually had sweets? Treat yourself and indulge in one of our chocolate and lolly bouquets! We offer free same-day delivery to Sydney & Central Coast on business days. Place an order now by contacting us at 1300 664 661!
That’s a wrap for this month’s blog! Let us know in the comments section which of these recipes you’ve tried or are planning to try!
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February 08, 2021