These Dessert Swaps Offer Sweet and Simple Pleasures

Cut down on added sugars and calories and eat healthy food.

Jul 16, 2020

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If you are one of those people who has a sweet tooth, then you know how essential it is to be able to satisfy cravings that show up night after night.

The dilemma seems challenging: should you give free rein to your instincts or should you prioritize your health and wellbeing? The good news is you don’t really have to ask yourself that question in the first place. Fortunately, there are great ways to please your desires and ensure you are feeding your body and soul the right way.

Make desserts more nutritious and guilt-free with simple food swaps you can implement right now. As you’ll keep experimenting with these simple tips, you’ll find yourself preparing much healthier desserts without compromising the flavor. Get ready to savor your next treat, because when you use these swaps, you can really have it all!

If you crave a creamy dessert, swap heavy cream for Greek yogurt.

As cream is super high in fat, it is also high in calories. Cream is not the best choice in great quantities, but there are ways to achieve that amazing texture we love so much and also cut down on the fat. The answer to your prayers is Greek yogurt, an ingredient that is high in calcium, protein, and probiotics. A smoothie made with Greek yogurt is a nutritious, satisfying, and healthy breakfast.

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If you crave a fatty, flavorful dessert, swap butter for mashed bananas or avocado. 

Yes, it’s true that butterfat is inherently tasty and makes everything much better. And yes, it is also widely known that it has many calories, as well as high fat and cholesterol. But did you know you can create equally delicious desserts by replacing butter with mashed bananas or avocado? While bananas have high amounts of potassium and work as a natural sweetener, avocados provide vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and good fats. Both are vegan-friendly, provide an incredibly creamy texture and are key to enjoying healthy snacks. What else could you ask for?

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If you crave a chocolaty dessert, swap sweet chocolate for dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is far more nutritious than any other type of chocolate. Studies from Loma Linda University show that consuming dark chocolate with high amounts of cacao (at least 70 percent) can reduce stress and inflammation, while improving immunity, memory, and mood. The next time your sweet tooth asks for a piece of fudge cake, think twice and indulge in a healthy piece of dark chocolate.

 
 
 
 
 
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If you crave a sugary dessert, swap sugar for stevia or honey. 

White refined sugar can be addictive and when consumed in excess, sugar can lead to health issues such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular problems. A good alternative is stevia.  Stevia is natural, contains fewer calories than sugar, and is a more powerful sweetener.

Sugar can also be replaced with reasonable amounts of honey. A study from Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences revealed that honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and antioxidant properties. It is not surprising that honey has been one of the most appreciated natural products since ancient times. Honey is nutritious, delicious and is an ideal ingredient when preparing healthy food.

DAIANA BROJT, CONTRIBUTOR
With a love for fashion, technology, self-development, nature and communication, Daiana is a freelance writer. She is the creator of an online community platform dedicated to providing inspiration and information on trends, developments and positive impact initiatives in the world of Sustainable Fashion.