This morning Mariah is sharing some information on her favorite Wholesomely Fit dessert:
Those who know me best know I have a sweet tooth! I love sweets. I also strive to eat healthy. In an effort to maintain my healthy diet, I would try to cut out all sugar but to no avail. I could manage to stay away from sugar for a week at the most, and then I would pig out on sweets the next day. I found that restricting myself of something that I loved did not work. I needed to restore a healthy balance which started with approaching my diet with the right mindset. Instead of trying to restrict myself of all unhealthy foods, I strive to nourish my body. When I started to view food as a gift from God and something to enjoy, I noticed I actually didn’t crave junk food as much. I craved whole foods.
In addition, I didn’t restrict my diet of sweets anymore. I started to make healthy snacks with natural sugars like honey and stevia. I found that these healthy alternatives satisfied my cravings more effectively than the unnatural sweets. I didn’t crave more than I needed as I often did with unhealthy sweets. When I did some research on artificial sugar, I actually found that it causes you to crave sugar even more. Thus, having one cookie or one cake was never satisfying for me. These artificial sweeteners are addictive and harmful to your body, and act in much the same way as cocaine does. They have no nutritional value. The body breaks down refined sugar faster, causing a rapid sugar spike which is why you don’t feel full, and then a rapid crash. Natural sugars contain nutrients that take longer to metabolize, making you feel fuller, and some are lower on the glycemic index.
My take away from my research and experience with sugar is that although natural sugar is the better route, it is still important to maintain a proper balance. Too much of anything is never good. Just because natural sugar contains nutrients, doesn’t mean you can consume it in large amounts. Even though the body processes natural sugar and refined sugar differently, the sugar still goes through your blood stream and your gut. However, you won’t feel the need to binge eat when eating natural sugars. Thus, enjoy the natural sweets. They are a gift from God and designed for our pleasure. And remember, eat it SLOWLY so you can enjoy every flavor and allow your body to feel full.
With that said, I would like to share with you one of my favorite Wholesomely Fit desserts. My sister has seriously saved my life. Her recipes contain just the right amount of natural sugar to quench my cravings. And I may be a little biased because she is my sister, but I find that her recipes actually taste better than the processed desserts I used to buy at the stores. Her recipes are also simple and easy to make. Her Vegan Sweet Potato Brownies are to die for!!! I suggest trying these out ASAP.
The recipe is:
- 1 c GF Flour Blend
- ¾ c Coconut Sugar
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp xanthan gum (optional, if your blend doesn't have it)
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- ⅓ c Cocoa Powder
- 4 Tbs Almond Milk
- ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1¼ c Sweet Potato Puree
- ¼ c + 2 Tbs grapeseed oil
- ⅓ c Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8X8 inch baking pan.
- In medium mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients (except for chocolate chips).
- Stir in the wet ingredients, and mix until well combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips once mixture is thoroughly combined.
- Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
- Let cool and enjoy with your favorite topping.
And remember, be Wholesomely Fit……