With my wedding on the horizon, I’ve decided to begin the quintessential “wedding diet” in hopes of getting into my ideal wedding shape. I’m not the girl who can completely give up carbs and sugar, but I’ve made a commitment to make better food choices (at least until the big day!). I’ve swapped white (and the healthier alternative whole wheat) pasta for spaghetti squash and rice (both white and brown) for quinoa, and I’ve been happy with the results so far. The most tricky for me however is sugar…I have a sweet tooth, a big one. It’s been tough to avoid sweet treats and desserts all together, as I feel the more I try to avoid, the more I want. I decided that rather than abandon dessert all together, I would plan for healthy desserts instead. In order to increase options, I enlisted the help and support of fellow Triple Knotters, Kristi and Bri. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been testing and tasting and we’ve put together our top 3 favorite healthy desserts!
Meredith….I found this “One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream” on Pinterest a few months ago, and it’s been a staple in our house since. I love the taste of banana and the texture of this faux-ice cream satisfies my need for dessert. If you’re needing a tiny splurge, add a few drops of honey or even dark chocolate chips. The honey increases the sweetness and the dark chocolate chips add a crunch! One tip: I use my mini Cuisinart food processor and therefore recommend letting the frozen bananas sit on the counter before slicing. The banana coins will blend easier into your creamy treat.
Kristi…One of my favorite “healthy desserts” is a simple mix of craisins (or raisins) and bittersweet chocolate chips. This dessert includes staples that I tend to keep in my pantry, and can easily be adjusted to include other items like walnuts, pecans or raisins. I initially started with semi-sweet chocolate chips, but as time has gone on, I’ve moved to a more bitter chocolate. The craisins (or really any dried fruit) adds a sweet balance to the bittersweet chocolate, and I love that I’m getting my sugar from more natural sources.
Bri…When I’m craving something sweet, I enjoy snacking on ooey-gooey dates stuffed with almond butter. If you’re not familiar with dates, I recommend trying the Medjool type. Dates are a type of tree fruit that are soft and chewy – similar to a gummy candy – with a caramel and honey-like flavor. I like to think of them as nature’s candy with the added benefit of vitamins, minerals and fiber! A perfect complement to a date is crunchy-style almond butter for added flavor, protein and texture.
What are your go-to healthy desserts? We’re (especially me!) always looking for new recommendations and we hope you’ll share them with us! And we hope you’ll check ours out too! Enjoy!