Are you currently participating in a diet plan that recommends a low-carb diet? If so, wouldn’t it be nice if there were some low carb desserts on your list of acceptable foods? When you hear the word dessert, the last thing you probably associate it with is “low-carb,” but you may be surprised by how many great tasting desserts with low carbohydrates there actually are. In this article we will introduce you to a few of these recipes, and show you why living the green lifestyle doesn’t always require giving up all of your favorite tasty treats.
Carbohydrates have long been associated with unhealthy weight gain, but in moderation, these energy-producing substances can be very beneficial to our systems. Carbohydrates provide our bodies with the fuel it needs to handle our daily routines, and as long as you do not overindulge you should have nothing to worry about—and this includes the occasional dessert.
As you know, most diet plans restrict many of the tasty desserts you love, but let’s face it, every once in a while you just have to treat yourself to something sweet as a reward. Instead of reaching for the ice cream or chocolate cake, though, you may feel less guilty if you first try some of the low carb, yet very flavorful desserts described below.
When You Just Have to Have Something Sweet
The weight-producing culprit in many desserts, as you may guess, is the refined sugar and flour that most dessert recipes call for. These substances are really nothing more than simple carbohydrates that, if not burned off through exercise, will be stored later as fat. Thus, the secret is to use a sugar substitute in lieu of refined sugar and to limit the amount of white flour in your recipes. This will cut down on the number of carbohydrates and the overall calorie content of the dish. Below are just a few examples of these desserts that can be made in this manner:
• Cheesecake. Cream cheese is the main ingredient in this dish, and the sugar your current recipe probably calls for can be substituted with an artificial sweetener. Dress it up with fresh peaches or strawberries and what you get is a delicious, guilt-free dessert.
• Chocolate Mousse. Unlike most pies and cakes, chocolate mousse is made with no enriched flour. Use a sweetener like Splenda instead of sugar and you’ll have a rich and creamy dessert you’ll never want to put down.
• Strawberry Shortcake. A gluten-free and wheat-free muffin can be used to create the cake portion of this tasty dish, and once you smother it with strawberries and creamy low calorie whipping cream the result will be a little slice of heaven.
These are just a few desserts that others have tried, while still maintaining a healthy weight. Remember, living this lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to completely give up all the simple pleasures in life. As long as you limit your intake and maintain a healthy exercise routine you’ll find it’s never been easier to “have your cake and eat it too.”