Sometimes the best health food diet is to eat smaller portions. A diet with much processed fats and sweeteners, is a diet that is of no value. Anytime a product says sugar free, it is loaded with artificial sweeteners. Sometimes merely reading labels can help.
There are a list of things to avoid:
Sugar can be addictive and should be avoided. Instead of using sugar, use raw honey, agave nectar, date syrup, molasses or stevia sweetener. Raw honey being the favorite choice, but any honey is better than sugar.
- White Flour and Enriched Flour
White Flour and Enriched Flour are both processed flours and should be avoided. Switch to brown flour or non-gluten type flours, such as chickpea flour, rice flour, bean flour or the substituting of white tapioca flour. What tapioca flour is a thickening agent and can be substituted for corn flour. You simply use twice the amount of white tapioca as you do corn. For recipes, you can use 2/3 cup of rice flour and 1/3 cup of white tapioca flour.
- Saturated Fats
Saturated fats clog your veins and eventually cause you harm. You should cook with virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
- Excess salt
The typical diet is full of salt. Limit your intake of salt to one teaspoon a day.
- Milk Products
Instead of using milk, switch to almond, rice or oat milks. The better alternative is raw yogurt, it has acidopholus for good stomach action.
- Sugar Substitutes
The only decent sugar substitute is stevia and there are many studies stating that most sugar substitutes cause an increase in hunger. So for the easiest and safest sugar substitute try stevia.
Now how do you use this new information to make healthy desserts? Here are a few suggestions.
- Frozen Yogurt with cherries or any fruit
1. Strain the yogurt and remove the whey. Place the yogurt in a blender with one cup of frozen cherries that have been pitted, along with 1 tablespoon of honey and 5 drops of lemon juice. Blend on high and pour into a shallow glass dish and freeze. Stirring every half hour.
- Chocolate Ice Cream
- 2 tablespoons of chocolate flavored whipping cream
- 1 cup of nut milk or substitute for whole milk
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Yogurt and granola
Place 1/4 cup of yogurt in a glass top with some homemade granola and some fruit such as banana and strawberries. Add another scoop of yogurt and then some granola and fruit. Continue this practice for three layers. Top the parfait with some freshly ground flax seeds.
- Lara Bars:
Now you not only have the proper tools and guidance but also some "killer recipes." Good luck on your diet and your new lifestyle.