Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Rather than binge eating an entire box of chocolates, take a minute to consider some healthy dessert alternatives that won’t completely ruin your diet from the CLEAN Healthcare team.
It’s easy to get caught up in the magic of Valentine’s Day, but before you have that cheesecake for dessert or finish that heart-shaped box of chocolates consider some healthy alternatives. You’ll get to enjoy your dessert without the guilt of ruining your diet and pressure to hit the gym the next day.
Choose Dark Chocolate
Studies have shown that there are many benefits to consuming dark chocolate in small amounts. People who average 1 Tablespoon of cocoa per day typically weigh less than those who do not, have a lower rate of strokes and heart disease, and improved athletic endurance. Consuming more than the recommended amount defeats the healthy benefits, as does eating milk chocolate. The added sugars outweigh the nutritional advantages of cocoa.
Baking brownies and cake at home gives you the opportunity to substitute some of the worst ingredients for healthier options. Did you know pumpkin can serve as a substitute for oil and eggs when baking a cake, and you can swap the oil in brownies for a banana or black beans. These alterations give you the same rich flavor you enjoy without the unnecessary calories.
Try Fat Free
Some desserts like milkshakes have a much simpler ingredient swap. Instead of using whole milk for your drink try blending in skim or fat free choices instead. You’ll have the same rich taste without the extra fats from the dairy. Fat free or Greek yogurt are good substitutions as well.
For a healthcare friendly lifestyle you don’t have to give up all of the desserts you enjoy. By making a few simple changes and creating your desserts at home you can improve the health value without sacrificing taste and tempting yourself with Valentine’s Day chocolates.