Now about those sinless desserts...
Given the amount of chocolates and candies that were purchased and gifted today I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share some of my favorite healthy desserts. Yep, that's right. I just used healthy and dessert in the same sentence. It can be done, people. I'm all for giving into those cravings from time to time. I do believe if you try to cut something that you love completely out of your diet it will come back to haunt you. After all, you do only have one body, but you also only have one life so if you love chocolate, enjoy it from time to time. Just don't eat it after every meal each and every day. You get the point.
Did you see this picture I posted on facebook recently?
OK.. so back to those healthy desserts. I'm going to offer up a few of my go-to's when those late night hunger pains/cravings strike. Go ahead, treat yourself!
I'm talking about fresh, air-popped corn lightly sprinkled with sea salt. Not that stuff you put in the microwave that is loaded with chemicals that are terrible for you. I grew up on this stuff. My parents would pop a bowl almost every night for "dessert" (a word we didn't really ever use in my house because the only dessert we ever had was popcorn). Sometimes in the summers when it was so hot that you couldn't fathom eating dinner we would split a big bowl of this light and airy goodness.
The darker the better. Look for a bar that has 70% cacao or higher. The rich taste will satisfy your craving in just 1-2 squares.
Just a Spoonful.. of Nut Butter
My husband is notorious for having a spoonful of nut butter before bedtime. I love catching him in the act as it is like finding a kid with his hand in the candy jar! Nut butter is a good source of protein and fat so 1-2 spoonfuls will definitely tide you over until morning.
Dark Chocolate Covered Banana Slices
I love this option because you can keep a stash in the freezer and grab a few here and there as you desire. Also, since they are in the freezer they're a bit more "out of sight, out of mind". Slice 1-2 bananas and lay on flat surface. Top each slice with a layer of your favorite nut butter. In the meantime, melt some dark chocolate. Dip the banana slices into the melted chocolate and set on a tray covered in parchment paper. Place in the freezer until chocolate hardens. Remove from tray and place banana slices in a freezer safe storage container.
Red Wine (or your drink of choice)
Yes, this counts as dessert. You can't drink a glass of wine (or two) every night and not expect it to have an affect on your waistline.
Bowl O' Berries
There is no better way to satisfy that sweet tooth than with nature's finest. Bring on a bowl of fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries). If you need a bit more oomph, spoon some yogurt into a dish and top with the berries.
I know this one might seem weird, but it can really hit the spot some evenings. I usually drizzle a tiny bit of pure maple syrup and sprinkle with a few nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc.).
Banana Chocolate "Ice Cream"
This is probably my husband's favorite dessert. He requests it quite often. It goes over well with kids too. Slice and freeze two bananas. When ready to make, remove bananas from freezer and place in food processor (you could also use a high powered blender). Add a splash of nondairy milk of choice (I use almond milk) and 1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder (if you want chocolate flavor). Blend until smooth adding more milk until you reach your desired consistency. Spoon into bowls and top with whatever you like. We love cacao nibs and fresh berries! Recipe serves two.
What are your favorite healthy indulgences? When those late night cravings strike do you tend to give in or do you do something to distract yourself like brushing your teeth or going to bed?