Good Morning Everyone!
Yup, you read it correctly. The title of this week’s installment is, “It IS Time For Dessert!”
I know you all are sick of me telling you to stay away from the desserts and at this time of year, it’s almost impossible. However, if you love to bake just as much as my client who presented me with some of these tasty alterations, you may find yourself able to occasionally indulge without as much guilt.
1. On cupcakes, instead of using frosting, place a jumbo marshmallow on each for the fast few minutes in the oven.
2. For cake mixes, replace the oil with applesauce.
3. Non-fat plain yogurt or its Greek cousin works just a good as sour cream.
4. For desserts that call for nuts, go with finely chopped non-fat granola.
5. When reaching for the sugar, go with Sucralose. It is the low-calorie sweetener made from sugar that most resembles it in taste.
6. White flour is one of the worst things that could ever be eaten. It is so processed that it has to have nutrients added back to it before it can be legally sold. So, opt for baking with whole grain mixes from Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
7. When baking with chocolate, the darker the better. Dark chocolate is good for your heart. Studies have shown that it lowers blood pressure as well as the bad cholesterol (LDL). It also stimulates endorphin production, which elicits a feeling of pleasure. And it contains serotonin which acts as an anti-depressant.
8. For toppings or middles, fruit like lemon, berries (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries), as well as figs and apricots, are lower in sugar, higher in fiber and contain more antioxidants than many others.
9. Oatmeal Cookies? How about Steel Cut Oatmeal Cookies? That’s right! It can be done. You just have to soak your oats an hour or two ahead of time, or, you can even par-boil them for about 10-15 minutes and then go ahead with your recipe.
10. As with your breakfast, baking with egg beaters or egg whites, instead of whole eggs, will keep your calories as well as your cholesterol down.
And for those of you who want a real treat, try this recipe for French Toast (know to be made, on occasion, by my lovely wife):
1/2 cup egg whites with 1/4 cup of non-fat milk add 1/2 tsp of vanilla and cinnamon
Soak lite wheat (or Ezekiel) bread in the mixture and brown on a griddle with “0 Calorie” cooking spray
Serve will all-fruit jam with or without “lite” oleo OR 1/4 cup of sugar free Maple Syrup
So kids, there you go. It’s not no desserts forever. It’s just modify the recipe before so you don’t have to continue to modify your body after.
Stay Dry My Friends!