If you guys are anything like me, you love the sweet stuff! It’s our culture and the way we were raised. If you were good, you got a “treat”. But treats these days are generally filled with too much sugar, way too much fat and so many calories, you might as well make dessert the only thing you eat all day (I know…sometimes it seems so worth it!). But in my transition from not-so-mindful to mindful eater, I have come across some sweets that are worth mentioning.
My favorite lately has been Coconut Bliss. And blissful it is! This ice cream (or wanna-be) is made from pure love and goodness. Luna & Larry’s makes this amazing frozen treat and their Vanilla Island contains all organic ingredients of which include: organic coconut milk, organic agave syrup, and organic vanilla. Simple and delicious! With 200 calories in 1/2 cup, this makes it doable. And also, you’re not eating fake, sugary crap! You’re actually enjoying something that is GOOD for you. You all know how much I rave about coconut…I honestly cannot say enough good about it’s healing properties. I urge you to read my blog page entitled “Some truths about coconut oil” and it will set the record straight and turn you into a coconut fan pronto. Some of my favorite toppings include:
Fresh cut strawberries
Sunfoods Cocoa Nibs
Honest Foods Country Squares (Oh my gosh people, if you haven’t tried this granola yet, you HAVE to…the Apple Ginger Spice goes so good on the ice cream-it’s like apple pie a la mode!)
Green & Black’s Cocoa Powder
Another good sweet treat on the market is Dagoba Organic Chocolate. This blows Hershey’s outta the water, friends! Dagoba’s Organic Dark Chocolate bar is 59% semisweet and made with organic chocolate, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocao butter and non-GMO lecithin. This should satisfy all your chocolate cravings, and according to their site, chocolate is the most craved food in the US and Americans consume 11.7 lbs of it annually! Better make sure it’s organic, people! Otherwise, you’re taking in a whole lotta the bad stuff like corn syrup and trans fats. If you are going to enjoy life’s most precious resource, make it all natural.
I was doing some research and came across Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes. (sweetdebbiesorganiccupcakes.com) It appears she uses all organic, natural ingredients to create a very popular dessert. She uses no hydrogenated oils, refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, but instead uses organic cocoa, organic fruit and even espresso beans. Her Crazy for Coconut and her Double Chocolate Chip look divine! They cost $3.75/each, but I KNOW I have spent way more at Sprinkles since I usually couldn’t just eat one of those sinful little cakes.
You can also make some healthier desserts at home. Last night I made Date and Nut Balls, some were rolled in coconut and others were rolled in Green and Black’s Cocoa Powder…OMG! All you do is take some of your favorite raw nuts (I used pecans and walnuts), a bunch of dates (pitted) and either coconut, cocoa, or even both! Crush the nuts, then mix them with the dates. Roll them into balls and roll into whatever topping you are using. Stick them in the fridge. These can be eaten cold or at room temperature, but man are they yum! They actually provide you with some energy as well since the ingredients are all natural and nuts are brain food, supplying healthy fats!
Heidi Swanson (101cookbooks.com) has a beautiful recipe for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (made the all natural way, of course!) Check out her link with to-die-for picture attached:
My whole point is to inspire to you think about dessert in a different light…dessert doesn’t have to be Mother Load chocolate cake or fatty banana splits. It can be simple, natural ingredients that will not make you have a complete melt down after consuming them. I know I could not live without dessert, and maybe now, you won’t have to either. Bon Appetit!