Ever thought of cheating on your diet with sweets? We know you have! Did you know you could cheat without your body knowing about it? Well, you can! Even the healthiest diet can include sweets, but make sure they are the right ones. What the right desserts are and how they should be consumed is what we are going to talk about. Hang around to learn how to eat dessert without gaining weight!
Sugar-Free Sweets: Is It What We Should Always Go For?
When you buy candy or cookies with large labels that say “sugar-free”, make sure you read the ingredients carefully as sometimes you may find fructose instead of sugar there. Not long ago this sweetener was considered to be a harmless alternative to sucrose, but today many specialists argue whether this is true. Its regular use may not only “help” you get some extra pounds, but may also cause liver problems and threaten the proper functioning of your cardiovascular system.
The safest sweetener is probably stevia. Stevia is a sugar substitute made from the leaves of a sweet grass known as Stevia rebaudiana. It is used to make green powder or white extract known as stevisoid. Unlike many other sweeteners, stevia does not affect the amount of glucose in blood and, if used in moderation, has no real side effects.
Honey: How Should it be Used?
Honey should never be baked or used in those desserts, which are baked by using heat. When heated to 42°C, honey loses all of its healing properties, and at a temperature above 60°C, even the most useful honey may become a harmful product. As a sweetener, it is more suitable for smoothies, yogurts and desserts prepared without heat. Natural yoghurt made of goat’s milk with a spoonful of buckwheat honey and a pinch of cinnamon is one of the quickest and easiest forms of dessert out there.
Vegetables Before Sweets?
How should you start your dessert? With a vegetable salad! Fresh greens and vegetables are rich in vegetable fiber and beneficial enzymes that help to digest the sweets that will follow them. Whether it is a small piece of chocolate with nuts or a slice of your favorite cake, make sure to eat a portion of vegetables first.
Our Dessert: Do We Need It Complicated?
Flour, nuts, sugar, eggs, fruit, vegetable fat and butter cream. Those are the main ingredients we are likely to find in desserts. Imagine a cake with nuts and fruits and all sorts of shapes made of, let’s say, caramel or chocolate. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it? Well, it may not seem as yummy and appealing to your digestive system. This is why we advise you to go for cakes and biscuits the ingredients of which are easier to consume. Combine nuts and seeds with a banana or dried fruits, and avoid combining nuts with cereals, for instance.
Chocolate or Fruits: Which One Is Better?
We don’t have to be mind readers to know that right now your brain is screaming “Fruits!!!”. Many people mistakenly assume that fruit is the most useful type of dessert out there. However, it is advised to eat fresh berries and fruits on an empty stomach, without mixing them with other products. Try eating fruit half an hour before you eat your dinner, and not after it. For dessert a piece of 70% cocoa chocolate is much more suitable: it goes well with any food and contains very little sugar. And this is one of the few desserts without flour and milk and it can be found in almost any supermarket!
It’s not a good idea to deprive you of all your favorite sweets when dieting, as this way you’ll start hating this process and quickly give it up. You can actually eat dessert and never gain weight, so why not stick to these simple rules and enjoy the life?
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