Sunday, May 26, 2024

Guiltless Easter Sweets

Easter is around the corner, and many are stocking up on their favorite sugary snacks. As a Green Goddess, I am not a big fan of such foods, but I’m also the first to admit that cutting out sugar and sweet food is not fun.

I love sweets, and even when I learned how damaging processed sugars are, I was still resentful about giving them up. Fast-forward 6 years, and here I am, enjoying all the desserts that I love.

How is that possible? The key to having your cake and eating it too is in the ingredients, or as I like to call them–foods that love your body! Just like you don’t want to have a relationship with a person who abuses you, why would you want to have a relationship with foods that makes you feel bad afterwards?

To find out if the dessert is good for you, ask yourself the following two questions:

Can I read and understand every ingredient on the label? It is crucial to read labels because even if something says “all natural” on the front, it may not be the case once you read the ingredients. Not all sweets are created equal, and conventional ones can often be full of ingredients that are not even considered “food.” Rule of thumb: If you can’t pronounce them, how will your body know what to do with them? Your health is too important to sacrifice for a few minutes of taste. Don’t settle for less. Choose foods that love you back.

Is there any other benefit to this food besides its sweetness? Don’t settle for less. Choose foods that give you the biggest bang for your nutritional buck. Get sweets that have antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are naturally found in unprocessed and unheated foods. Do keep in mind that when foods are heated over 115 degrees, enzymes and vitamins can die. Anything that is considered “raw vegan” still has those nutrients intact and is a better choice than something processed.

Two of my favorite better-for-you sweet treats:

Jodi’s Bites: These are locally made delicious sweet treats that you don’t have to feel guilty about. They are bite-sized (hence the name), rich and chocolaty, so you can feel satisfied and practice portion control at the same time. Find them here.

Amy’s Organic Candy bars: Find healthier alternatives to your favorite candy bars. They’ve got chocolate, nougat, caramel, nuts—you name it! And best of all, they are available at our local Whole Foods Market! Check out the full lineup here.

Better-for-You, Homemade Gluten-free S’mores

If you are looking to make bite-size desserts for your Easter table and want to incorporate marshmallows and chocolate into them, then check out this easy better-for-you s’mores cups recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Enjoy Life gluten free honey graham cookies
  • 3 tablespoons organic butter
  • Organic chocolate chips
  • Organic marshmallows

In the food processor, process graham cookies with butter until well combined. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with muffin paper cups. Scoop the batter, and add to the bottom of each cup, pressing down to make it stick together.

Add chocolate chips on top of the batter, and cover up with marshmallows. Bake for about 7-10 minutes or until marshmallows get a little golden brown. Cool down, and enjoy!

Here is a video to show you how it is done.

Alina Z.
Alina Z.http://alinaz.com
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

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