Can you have your cake and beach body too? Losing weight doesn’t mean you always have to skip dessert. Allowing yourself to indulge on a smart portion of a healthy dessert every now and then can help take the edge off a weight loss eating plan, letting you feel satisfied without the guilt.
The key is to go sweeting strategically: use whole food ingredients that contain fat-blasting fiber, metabolism-boosting protein and some healthy fat alongside the sweet stuff. This can give your sweet tooth the thrill it was seeking while keeping your blood sugar stable, your hormones in check and your appetite satisfied before you’ve overeaten – in short, help you avoid the things that lead to weight gain.
Try out these light, whole food, sugar-free desserts to help brighten up your summer.
5 Sugar-Free Desserts to Help You Lose Weight
1 cup dates, soaked overnight and drained (reserve the soaking water)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
2 large avocados (or 3 small avocados)
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
In a food processor, blend the dates, vanilla extract and salt, until smooth. With the processor still going, gradually add in the cocoa powder, allowing it to combine well. Then add in the flesh of the avocados and process until smooth and airy, stopping occasionally to scrap down the sides of the blender with a spatula, if necessary. Add in small amounts of the date soaking water until you reach the consistency you desire (one or two teaspoons if you prefer a thicker, creamier consistency, and more if you prefer a thinner mousse or pudding consistency). Chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours and serve through a frosting piping bag into small glass bowls, topped with fresh berries.
1 ripe peach, cut in half, pit removed
½ tsp of coconut oil
Pinch of cinnamon
Drizzle of maple syrup or honey (optional)
Rub the peach halves with a thin film of coconut oil. Grill them on a hot grill until tender, and then place on a serving plate. Sprinkle the cut face of each peach half with cinnamon, and then top with a scoop of chilled Chocolado Soft-Serve, Coconut Vanilla Chia Cream or regular plain Greek yogurt. Add an extra drizzle of maple syrup or honey if desired.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudgesicles
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup raw honey
¼ tsp salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup milk or coconut milk or almond milk
1 tbsp peanuts, finely chopped (optional)
¾ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
In a food processor, blend the peanut butter, honey, salt, cocoa powder and cayenne pepper (if using). With the processor still running, gradually pour in the milk, until the mixture is smooth and the milk is completely combined. Meanwhile, sprinkle chopped nuts (if using) into the base of clean popsicle molds. Then pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture into each mold, inserting a popsicle stick into each compartment. Freeze until firm, about 6 to 8 hours.
Coconut Vanilla Chia Parfait
¾ cup coconut milk
2 tbsp raw honey
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ cup chia seeds
Fresh berries and chopped fruit
In a large bowl, whisk the coconut milk, honey and vanilla extract together, until well blended. Gradually whisk in the chia seeds, combining well. Pour the chia mixture into 2 or 3 glass bowls or mason jars, and allow them to sit for about 30 minutes on the counter at room temperature. Then cover and chill them in the refrigerator overnight. Pull them out 10 or 15 minutes before serving, and enjoy topped with fresh berries or chopped fruit.
Strawberry Fro-Yo Cupcakes
9 ounces plain Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Half a ripe banana
Mini dark chocolate chips, cocoa nibs or carob chips (optional)
In a bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla extract, stirring until well combined. Place 12 small silicon muffin cups on a tray and fill each cup halfway with the yogurt mixture (you should have left-over yogurt mixture remaining in the bowl). In a food processor, puree the strawberries and banana. Add a spoonful of the fruit puree to each cup, on top of the yogurt. Then spoon in the remaining yogurt mixture on top of the fruit puree into each cup, and top with a few chocolate chips (if using). Place the tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Remove about 10 minutes before serving.