There’s nothing like the sweet taste of fresh figs or the fragrant smell or dark chocolate. Life without sweetness could hardly be considered a life well lived.
However, in the health and wellness world, sweet foods take quite a beating. Some of us have even come to believe that there is no place for dessert in a clean diet. While we can control how many and which sweets we eat, the one truth we can’t escape is that most of us enjoy treats. When our sweet tooth isn’t getting satisfied with clean options, we can end up mindlessly reaching for junk. It’s important to remember that sweets are powerful, energy-rich foods that are best eaten occasionally and with intention.
In general, fruit is the most balanced way to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s a be lower calorie food loaded with phytonutrients. The sugar found in fruit is better assimilated by the body because it’s packaged with fiber, vitamins, minerals and water.
2. GLUTEN FREE BAKED GOODS
Gluten-free baked goods can be found in most supermarkets. The cookies, brownies, and cakes are delicious and reduce your exposure to pro-inflammatory gluten. However, these items are still heavily processed and often use cheap flours, processed sugar and poor quality vegetable oils. A better option is to make your own, using organic flours, good oils, and a lot less sugar.
Chocolate has a way of stirring up powerful sensations of pleasure and love. Chocolate beans, like coffee beans, are chemically complex with much research touting their benefits. I recommend having at least 70% dark chocolate without preservatives and waxes. If you’re not used to dark chocolate, start with a 50% bar and continue working your way up. Over time, most people begin to prefer darker chocolate for it’s rich and elaborate flavour, lower sugar content and a higher level of antioxidants.
4. ICE POP AND ICE CREAM
Dairy free food is a fantastic option because dairy can be a toxic trigger for many people. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have ice creams or ice pops. Lots of dairy-free varieties exist at most supermarkets.
5. DESSERT DRINKS
A dessert drink may be just the touch of sweetness you need after a great meal. Hot chocolate made with cacao powder, coconut or almond milk, and a dask of stevia is a favourite of ours. Green or herbal tea with stevia or honey is another satisfying option.