Healthy and Delicious Sweet Treats
I have what might be considered a bit of a sweet tooth. I may get full halfway through a meal, but there will always be room for dessert. I’m pretty sure I have a second stomach.
I mentioned previously that I had the opportunity to start Trasform: Nutrition Bootcamp that is run by my insta-friend Kara. It’s a 4 week nutrition bootcamp that encourages a healthy lifestyle over diet. It focuses on whole, clean eating, and she provides meal plans, a cookbook of ideas, and a workout plan. I wanted to try this because after having Zoey, I was eager to get my body back! I wanted to tighten and tone, and I also wanted accountability to make better food choices.
But I was a little nervous about giving up the sweet tooth.
I did pretty well the first week, but the second week brought major sweet tooth pangs. Kara gives some ideas in her cookbook, and I was also able to get a little creative and satiate the sweet tooth without compromising my healthy eating! I wanted to share my 3 go-to’s during these last few weeks for cutting that sweet craving without cheating.
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Alright, so my husband can probably tell you that I legit made these all. the. time. My go-to dessert and I don’t even feel like I’m eating healthy.
- 4 apples (I think Pink Lady work the best, but you can use whatever you like!)
- 8 tsps coconut oil
- 2 tsps cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Peel and slice apples in 1/2 inch slices. Heat coconut oil in skillet over medium heat. Stir in apples and mix to coat in oil. Drizzle with honey. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on apples (disclaimer: I like mine with a bit, so start with less and add to your liking if you like less spice) and stir to coat. Continue sautéing until apples are soft, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Milkshake Protein Smoothie
This. Is. Amazing. It’s an amazing protein shake, but y’all, it tastes like a milkshake, and I crave it often! I make it after my workout and try to not make one again the afternoon. So. Good.
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 spoonfuls peanut butter
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- almond milk
- 3 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to a blender (I use a Nutribullet and it works amazing with such quick cleanup!). I probably use about 2 cups of almond milk. I may add based on the consistency. I’ve also made this with subbing out 1/2 cup of coffee for some of the almond milk for an extra caffeine kick, and it’s also amazing!
Banana Oat Pancakes with Berry Compote
I made these for breakfast, but they’re sweet enough that I heated some leftovers up for dessert on occasion, too! These were great because not only did they satisfy my sweet tooth cravings, but my carb cravings, too! I ate these with an egg and peppers in the morning, and it was a great healthy way to start my day!
Ingredients for pancakes
- 2 bananas
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- dash of salt
Ingredients for compote
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (can be less if you don’t like it as sweet)
Heat griddle to medium heat and spray with cooking spray (I use olive oil cooking spray). Put all ingredients for pancakes in a blender (I again use my Nutribullet for this) and blend until well mixed. Pour mix onto griddle in small/medium sized pancakes. Flip to cook other side. Makes about 6-8 pancakes, depending on size.
For compote, heat all ingredients in small saucepan over medium high heat until it boils. Once boiling, reduce to low-medium heat and simmer for about 10-12 minutes until fruit is broken down and it is slightly thickened.
Serve warm compote on top of bananas and eeenjoyyy!
This program was so great, y’all, and I love that I got to indulge my sweet tooth and still stay on track! Since I started staying home, my diet has largely consisted of goldfish and chicken nuggets. Transform: Nutrition Bootcamp was amazing in providing me the motivation and accountability needed to stay on track. It forced me to think about my food choices and what I was putting in my body. Kara provides great education throughout the program, as well!
The results? I had a lot more energy throughout the day to keep up with my two year old. My face had been starting to break out again post-pregnancy, and after a week of this program, it cleared right up. I got my pre-pregnancy body back, y’all! I got a lot tighter and way more toned. I’ve always been fortunate to be naturally thin (thank youuuu, mom and dad), but I can actually notice a little definition for about the first time, which I am so excited about!
This program was so great, y’all, and the community and support provided was so encouraging on the days I just wanted to indulge. If you’re at all interested in learning how to eat healthier and wanting a community to help you, please check this program out here!
What are some of your favorite healthy treats? Always looking for easy recipes to add to my list!
Have a phenomenal day!