Table of contents:
- Why are the usual desserts harmful to health?
- What are the alternative sweets, and how are they useful?
- Author's recipes for "no nasty sweets"
Video: Let's get off the sugar needle! Healthy dessert recipes
We all know perfectly well that desserts most often harm our figure. However, sitting on a diet, the hand reaches out for the sweets. And then reproaches, breakdowns begin, and not always an eaten donut or cookie brings joy. The eternal struggle with oneself is the main scourge of all those with a sweet tooth.
At the same time, there is an alternative - healthy desserts that can be prepared at home without fear for the figure, of course, with reasonable portions, because they are prepared on the basis of whole foods, nuts, dates, and organic oils. Details and recipes with "Cleo" shared Yulia Smirnova, expert on proper and healthy nutrition.
Why are the usual desserts harmful to health?
When preparing them, two harmful products are used - white sugar and flour. These are empty carbs that provide absolutely no nutritional benefit to the body. In addition, it has been proven that white sugar causes addiction akin to narcotic. Now it is clear why, promising ourselves to eat just one piece of cake or pastry, we treacherously reach for the second, third - and now a whole plate of sweets has disappeared without a trace.
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What about white flour? It is rich in gluten, which, when ingested, slows down the absorption of nutrients, which also has a negative effect on metabolism if consumed excessively.
However, fortunately, these products are replaceable. There are alternative desserts - sweets based on whole foods, no baked goods and no high temperature processing. Such desserts are prepared from nuts, seeds, dried fruits, spices, cold-pressed oils. And these are not trivial balls of ground dried fruits, but real cakes and pastries, puddings, ice cream! By their tastes, they are in no way inferior to traditional "snacks". This is a whole culinary art, learning which, you can enjoy sweets without harm to your health.
What are the alternative sweets, and how are they useful?
They are called raw or "live" sweets because during cooking the food either does not heat up at all, or does not heat up above 40-42 degrees. By preparing healthy sweets, you automatically eliminate two food allergens: milk and gluten (gluten). Many people do not even suspect that they are allergic to these foods until they are completely eliminated from the diet for a while, and soon they feel a huge difference in improving their well-being.
At the same time, healthy sweets do not mean inedible! On the contrary, such desserts have a high nutritional value and an excellent vitamin composition due to the fact that during cooking the products do not undergo high heat treatment, all natural vitamins are preserved in them. When we eat whole, unprocessed foods, we have better digestion, better performance, and better skin and nails.
They are quite high in calories due to whole foods - you quickly get saturated with such sweets, so it is difficult to eat a lot of them. At the same time, "live" desserts really provide us with energy and strength, and not senseless heaviness in the stomach and a feeling of guilt for the next cake we have eaten. They can be safely given to children and be sure of their usefulness.
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Here is a list of products that are most often found in recipes for "live" sweets:
cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, coconut oil, cocoa butter, dates, various types of urbecha, berries, bananas, Jerusalem artichoke syrup, superfoods, green buckwheat, honey, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, cocoa powder, vegetable milk.
Author's recipes for "no nasty sweets"
Cashew pudding with blueberry jam
For the pudding:
- 1/2 cup unroasted cashews (soak for 2 hours)
- 1 ripe banana
- 50 ml of water
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbspJerusalem artichoke syrup or liquid honey
- 1 cup blueberries (frozen)
- 6 dates (if necessary, pre-soak for 30 minutes)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
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Preparing the pudding base:
Drain the water with the nuts. Put everything in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Pour the base of the pudding into the glass and the jam on top.
You will need:
- 2 ripe avocados
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp liquid honey or Jerusalem artichoke syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut milk (fatty part)
- A pinch of salt
- Place the ingredients in a blender bowl and blend until smooth.
- Adjust sweetness and cocoa to taste.
- Add some fresh berries for extra pleasure.
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