For many people, trying to diet and get in shape becomes torture, because almost any diet system requires giving up sweets. But the system can be cheated.
It is enough to clearly understand what can be a healthy alternative to sweets and maybe even displace sugar, marshmallows and other “unhealthy” sweets from your personal pedestal of favorite foods.
So, these 10 simple dessert options will not only quench your craving for sweets, but will also benefit your body.
1. Energy Balls
A great snack that you can easily adapt to your own needs. All you need to do is choose the right ingredients. For example, cocoa is rich in magnesium and good for your heart, nuts are a source of healthy fats, oatmeal is high in fiber, peanut butter contains magnesium, and apricots, dates or prunes make this treat sweet. Grind any dried fruits and nuts in a blender, add superfoods or protein to them, and you will get candies that last a long time and will be ready at any moment to help you quench your craving for sweets.
2. Protein Cupcake
This dessert can be made in just a few minutes and is almost indistinguishable from a real cupcake in taste and texture. Only this variation won’t cause a major spike in blood sugar and will give you a feeling of fullness for a long time, thanks to its balanced composition. All you need to do is mix a portion of protein with 3 tablespoons of oat (or any other) flour, add 70 ml of vegetable (or regular) milk and a banana, topinambour syrup, or any other sweetener. Bake in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. If desired, you can add cocoa, nut paste, chia seeds or berries to the batter.
3. avocado ice cream
Avocados are great as a dessert. To get ice cream rich in healthy fats, vitamins K and C, magnesium and potassium, chop avocados with coconut milk and sweetener in a blender. Add mint, lemon or lime zest or chocolate chips to the resulting mixture, transfer to a mold and place in the freezer for several hours.
4. Baked Apples
This dessert reeks of childhood memories. It’s simple, but it’s just as good. One medium apple covers one-fifth of your daily fiber needs. Plus, apples contain polyphenols that help prevent chronic diseases. You can bake apples in many ways: cut them in half and bake them with honey or syrup, or remove the core from the whole fruit and stuff them with nuts and dried fruit.
5. Frozen fruit
A great alternative to ice cream is frozen fruit. Puree a mango, banana or kiwi and put it in the freezer. In a few hours you’ll have a sorbet with a delicate creamy texture. There’s another option for using frozen fruit: add it to a smoothie without defrosting it. That way you get a soft, dense fruit and berry puree, which the Influencers have given the playful name of “nice cream.
6. Homemade Truffles
It’s no secret that dark, bitter chocolate is acceptable if you stick to a healthy diet. Mix melted chocolate with cocoa, almond paste and Greek yogurt, roll the mixture into small balls and coat them in cocoa. These little candies are a great way to enjoy and not add inches to your waist.
7. Oatmeal cookies
You only need 2 ingredients for these cookies: oatmeal and banana. Mash 1 banana and add to it 75 grams of oatmeal (you can grind it into flour beforehand). Using 2 spoons, place the resulting dough on a baking tray and bake at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden. When you take the cookies out of the oven, let them cool slightly. The banana and oatmeal is a base to which you can add whatever you want: chocolate, cinnamon, honey, raisins, nuts or dried cranberries. All additions are up to you. By the way, these cookies can be a great substitute for your morning oatmeal.
8. Sweet Baked Chickpeas
Another natural protein sweet is chickpeas baked with honey and cinnamon. By the way, one cup of chickpeas (164 grams) contains 15 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber. To make crunchy sweet chickpeas, use boiled or canned chickpeas for 15 minutes. Then mix it in a bowl with one tablespoon of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of honey, a spoonful of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Mix everything well, drop it onto a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. So, literally in 20 minutes you will have a crunchy, hearty snack ready. By the way, you can make several servings of such sweet chickpeas at once, because they store well.
9. Frozen fruit in yogurt
Another cool dessert option is frozen fruit and berries in yogurt. The recipe is very simple: dip any fruit or berries in Greek yogurt without additives, spread them out on a board covered with baking paper and send them to the freezer overnight. Such a snack is not only very tasty, but also healthy, because fruits and berries do not lose their useful properties when frozen.
10. Homemade marmalade
Chewy marmalades are good for everything but the composition. But they can be made healthy and low-calorie. To do this, you need to mix fruit juice with gelatin in the right proportions (they are listed on the gelatin package and may vary depending on which one you use). Such marmalade will contain collagen – the building material for skin, tendons, cartilage, joints and bones.