Dessert. Taboo? Maybe. Maybe not.
I absolutely believe there is room in a healthy diet for dessert. But here comes the caveat: it depends on what you pick, how much you eat and what else you’ve been eating. Under the best of circumstances, for example, eating a plant based diet, with lots of real food and no processed 'food-like' substances, you’re probably ready for a splurge here and there. While if you are busy eating a daily diet of processed foods, refined carbohydrates and you aren’t sure when the last time something leafy and green made it to your mouth, then you might want to reconsider what you choose to splurge with.
Whichever camp you fall in, or any in-between, if you're going to treat yourself, you want to make sure it tastes good and isn't full of crappy ingredients. With that in mind, I have three new favorites to share with you.
SHORTBREAD WITH A TWIST
Why I like these: the ingredients list is short and full of items you can find on the grocery store shelves. They are gluten free and non-GMO project verified with no artificial ingredients. They contain just the right amount of crunch, vanilla and chai flavor. The small, bite-size shape is good for keeping the crumbs to a minimum.
BITE-SIZE PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE
Why I like these: Mostly because I love peanut butter and chocolate together, but also, they are made with organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. The ingredients list is leaps and bounds better than a traditional Reese’s peanut butter cup. No mystery ingredients like polyglycerol polyrecinoleat or TBHQ. You can indulge in one or two small pieces to get a sweet-fix without having to overload on calories or sugar.
CREAMY, FROZEN, FLAVORFUL TREAT
When I sampled this at my local Whole Foods, I wasn’t expecting to have my taste buds met with such creamy goodness. These frozen treats are GMO free, gluten free, soy free and are packed with 20 grams of protein... and have live active cultures, aka probiotics. I’ve tried the Banana-Vanilla and the Chocolate – both are delicious!
Want to see more recommendations? Just let me know in the comments below. Happy Splurging!