When we often think of healthy dessert recipes, we automatically think of something that resembles a tasteless oatmeal cookie. It isn’t uncommon for an image of a heaping bowl of ice cream; a sundae drizzled with strawberry sauce or a tray of Entenmanns’s chocolate brownies to personify real images of sweet tooth cravings.
The truth is that healthy desserts don’t have to be bland, and the danger in traditional desserts goes much deeper than a simple sugar high or fat content overload. In almost all packaged desserts you will find high fructose corn syrup. In fact, in baked goods, ice cream, and even canned fruit you will find high levels of HFCS-42, which is 42% fructose and 58% glucose.
There is a debate among manufacturers and dieticians about how bad high fructose corn syrup is for you, but if you are looking to lose weight, feel great, and clean out your body’s system of chemical by-products, then cutting out traditional desserts and prepackaged cakes will be the first way to do so.
What Happens to a Healthy Eating Plan When High Fructose Corn Syrup is involved?
First of all, you cannot have a healthy eating plan that includes high fructose corn syrup. However, you may be eating “healthy” products and not even realize that you are ingesting this dangerous form of corn sugar.
The problem with high fructose corn syrup is that it can actually lead to fat gain. Many people are deathly afraid of eating “fat” and as a result turn to fat-free of low-fat options. But these actually contain more harmful substances that increase shelf life than eating the full fat version of these foods. High fructose corn syrup is sugar from corn, however it has the power to increase hunger and actually increase your cravings for sugary treats.
Additionally, in order to have a truly healthy eating plan you must cut out artificial food. All artificial foods such as cereals or low-fat substitutes like margarine, Crisco and the majority of frozen meals as well as packaged foods contain high fructose corn syrup.
The substance increases shelf life so many food manufacturers put it in their products. In order to see healthy change in your body you must stick to all-natural foods.
What are Considered “Natural” Foods in Order to Develop an Eating Plan to Lose weight?
Anything in the produce section of your grocery store can be considered natural. Here are a list of foods that will work with your body’s design in order to lose weight and increase your overall health:
- Unprocessed fruits and veggies (organic is preferable)
- Unadulterated fats- whole, natural butter and extra virgin olive oil
- Whole seeds and grains (such as spelt, barley, and un-roasted sunflower seeds)
- Raw dairy (unpasteurized products are full of calcium and healthy bacteria)
- Organic, grass-fed meats and organic free-range poultry
Choosing the best quality foods may perhaps be the single most important choice you make when trying to develop a healthy eating plan in order to shed some weight. Too often, we simply believe that a program or a special shake or miracle pill will do the leg work for us.
But in actuality, getting back to the basics with our food choices and committing to eating whole, organic foods in their natural state is the most healthy way to experience long and lasting weight loss results.
Here is a favorite healthy dessert recipe that only uses natural foods:
Rich Coconut Truffles
1 c. raw walnuts
3/4 c. Medjool dates (pitted)
1/4 c. coconut milk
4 tbsp. carob
4 tbsp. honey
One handful of shredded dry coconut
Simply blend these ingredients in a food processor (except dry coconut) and refrigerate. Once chilled, roll into balls and dust with shredded coconut.