I saw a cartoon yesterday
that showed a person in her kitchen (pre-virus) with normal weight – the next picture showed the same woman now but with her weight completely ballooned!
This is a worry for me because of the health implications. We’re all home right now, and some of you may find you’re visiting the kitchen more often than usual? Maybe some of you, because of this incredible virus situation, are craving foods that maybe are sugary or sweeter because they comfort you and make you feel better.
Those who know me, are aware that I don’t do desserts because of all that sugar and other ingredients that don’t pair well with the continuing good health that I celebrate each day.
I realize though, that to many people dessert is a great source of satisfaction and pleasure. In fact, some people rush through their meals in order to get to that dessert. Most, however, can be pretty harmful to your general health because they are so overloaded with sugar and fats.
How about if we could make desserts with some healthier options?
There are some really excellent substitutes for all that sugar that taste just as good and also offer good healthy benefits.
If you’re making your own desserts how about using the following instead of sugar:
♥ Honey – use only the organic unrefined type
♥ Raisins – grind these up in your kitchen and use for many things
♥ Brown rice syrup – a sweetener derived from brown rice
♥ Maple syrup – use only the pure type
♥ Applesauce – you can even make this yourself
♥ Cranberries – gives your baking a nice tart taste
♥ Coconut sugar – made from the sap of the coconut plant
♥ Pureed bananas – use only very ripe ones as they will be nice and sweet
♥ Molasses – made from sugar cane, grapes, and beets
♥ Dates – when ground up they are extremely sweet and can be used in many recipes
Also, take into consideration that there are some healthier alternatives.
I have a solution to this growing (no pun intended) problem. How about limiting your desserts to only special occasions or only once a week as a special treat?
Or how about healthy desserts? Today we seem to be able to find many of them. There is always Italian gelato, or sorbet, or a baked apple, or the best and most important of all – cold sweet fresh fruit!
So when baking try some of the sugar alternatives mentioned above and of course, also try to limit those desserts.
And by the way, I’m hearing many doctors claim that the healthiest way of eating is the Mediterranean diet. As you know, this is what I follow and what I’ve talked about in many blogs. So next week, we’ll go into just why this is the best way to eat especially now when you want to attain the most optimum health possible!