Bonjour mes copaines! So it’s Spring, but feels just like summer in my area (low 80s, what!). I’ve definitely become more aware of getting my body right and tight for the hot summer. I’ve lost weight since last summer, but I need to tone things up a bit. I hardly exercise anymore (post coming soon), but my mostly vegan diet has helped tremendously in lowering my weight on a gradual and consistent basis. I still haven’t kicked my sweet tooth, but I have found some healthier ways to eat sweets. Let me just say that sweets, in whatever form, are still full of sugar, carbohydrates, and fat. Some types just have fewer than others. Eat them moderately!
Trail mix is such a simple thing to make, I can’t believe I used to pay so much for bags of it in the store. The greatest thing about homemade trail mix is that you can craft it to fit your exact tastes. Mine generally contain some form of nuts, raisins or cranberries, brown crispy rice cereal, and sunflower seeds. I add either non-gelatin marshmallows or non-dairy chocolate chips if I have a sweet tooth. For the batch above, I added some granola and it was soooo good.
Raw Treats and Desserts
Pictured above are raw chocolate coconut balls. They are yum! Raw vegan desserts are always cholesterol-free and contain less processed sugars. Since coconut oil is often used there is still plenty of fat (but the good kind). Raw desserts may require more specialized ingredients, but I have gotten multiple uses out of things like vital wheat gluten (seitan, faux meatballs), ground flaxseed (smoothies, cookies, pancakes), and shredded coconut (coconut milk, treats, chia pudding topping). If you are interested in raw food and dessert cookbooks check out this one and this one. I made raw chocolate-banana non-dairy ice cream the other day and it was divine! It contained four ingredients: frozen bananas, cocoa powder, agave syrup, and almond milk. Here is the recipe if you are interested.
As you can see, there aren’t many of these babies left:) The treats above are homemade chocolate bars! I took a more processed route and melted some Enjoy Life non-dairy chocolate chips with some peanut butter, spread the mixture onto a parchment paper covered dish, and sprinkled some krispies on one side and chopped almonds on the other. Yum! There is a really simple way to make non-dairy chocolate from scratch, using this recipe . I believe that homemade desserts and food in general are soooo much better than anything you can buy in a store or restaurant. They’re generally cheaper and much healthier.
Fruit, fresh and frozen, is naturally sweet and so versatile. I typically have about 3 fruit or fruit and veggie smoothies a week. Sometimes I’ll have one for breakfast, sometimes with a light dinner, and sometimes as a snack or dessert. You can add alt milk, water, or non-dairy yogurt, cocoa powder, protein powder, the options are endless!
Let me know what you all come up with or healthier sweet alternatives that you enjoy!