Hi Guys, I’m back and I’m here to talk about something that we all do to ourselves that no one likes to talk about. You know, that thing that we shouldn’t be doing to our bodies but makes us feel so good we do it anyways. The one that gives us so much pleasure it makes our toes curl and our bodies shake. I know it’s embarrassing to admit, but we all do it, so let’s just talk about it… we all cheat on our diets with dessert.
Now I will be the first to admit it, sometimes you just have to have something sweet, and sometimes an apple just won’t cut it. We’ve all been here. The problem is once we have a bite of one bad thing we usually end up in a tailspin of eating more and more bad things because we feel we’ve “already messed up our diet”. If this sounds familiar to you, well then believe me you are not alone. I have so many clients come to me feeling so ashamed because one cookie led to “well, then I might as well have ice cream” and that led to “well, I might as well have pizza now”. This is an eating behavior I see happen far too often. We put so much guilt and shame on ourselves for eating one bad thing that it becomes destructive. Today I am going to help you get rid of that nasty habit. Eating something sweet should be something you’re excited about that ends in feelings of happiness rather than ones of regret. Here’s how…
Have you ever heard of healthy baking? Yes I know healthy and baking should never be used in the same sentence and zucchini and chocolate should never be mixed in the same bowl, but for some wild reason it just works. I recently discovered that you can make almost any dessert in a healthy version, and ever since my life has changed. Whether you’re craving a brownie, a cake, a cookie, a muffin whatever it is there is a healthier way to make it, and I’m telling Y’all it’s freakin good. Healthy baking has become my solution to eating sweets and it can be yours too. See the thing that is so amazing about eating a healthy dessert is that it’s so much easier to stop at eating just one because you don’t feel bad about it afterwards. It’s amazing how much of our eating is directly related to our emotions. When we convince ourselves that what we had was ok, it’s easier to move on and continue eating well for the rest of the day. However, when we convince ourselves that what we ate was bad, we are then more inclined to make more poor decisions because we’ve already convinced ourselves that we messed up, so what’s a little more punishment? My suggestion is to start getting in the habit of preparing healthy desserts and keeping them around the house, bringing them to the office, or even just carrying them in your purse. Having a dessert is ok, and once we are able to convince ourselves of that, we become able to stop at eating just enough to satisfy our sweet tooth. Healthy baking takes all the crap out of dessert so that you don’t have to take all the dessert out of your life.
If you suffer from a sweet tooth as bad as I do, then preheat your oven asap and prepare for your world to be rocked.
Sweet Potato Brownies
2 medium yams or sweet potatoes ( 170 grams ) cooked and peeled
4 oz of dark chocolate chopped
1 tablespoon coconut oil
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoon coca
1 tablespoon of coconut flour
1.5 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Whisk together cocoa, coconut flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
Melt the chocolate and coconut oil
Puree the yams in a food processor until very smooth, making sure there are no lumpy bits.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together maple syrup, eggs and vanilla extract.
Whisk until pale and thick.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Whisk until completely incorporated. Add the yams and mix well. Add the cocoa mixture all at once and whisk to incorporate.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes.
Let cool and cut into 16 squares.
Goji Berry Balls
1cups raw cashews
1 cup raw goji berries
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes for topping
In a food processor grind cashews into a fine meal. Add goji berries and vanilla into food processor, color should turn pink. Add dates one at a time and then transfer to a new bowl and then mix in ½ cup coconut. Roll mixture into small balls and roll in coconut flakes then place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate before serving.