How to get your micronutrients and healthy dessert ideas
Hello everyone, hope you’re having a pleasant Wednesday.
I’ve been spending the last couple of days creating this article, shooting and editing pictures. This is a post that is very different from what I usually post. It has nothing to do with fashion and style, but rather something I’d put in the lifestyle category with health and fitness.
Today I want to share with you some healthy dessert ideas and ways to get your necessary micronutrients in a delicious way, but before I get started I should note that I am in no way a nutritionist and this advice should only be taken as what it is: advice. I am not saying that this is the correct way to eat, or that this would benefit everybody, simply just that this is how I like to eat to feel healthy and fit.
I have never liked taking any form of medication, so I’m always trying to stay away from it. I don’t even remember the last time I took a painkiller. I simply don’t want to put stuff like that into my body unless it’s absolutely necessary. Because of that I’m always trying to look after my body and feed it with as much nutritious and healthy food as I can.
In my everyday life, I do have a paleo-based diet, simply because I like the way it makes me feel and look. It keeps me healthy. And I say paleo-based cause I’m not strictly paleo. I don’t believe in restricting myself. If I crave something I will first and foremost try to find a healthy, paleo alternative, which I enjoy just as much, and which will satisfy my craving. That doesn’t mean that I won’t have popcorn if I’m going to the movies, a piece of cake at birthdays or macarons at Ladurée. I believe in balance and in living the best and healthiest life that you can in every situation you’re in.
I have always had a HUGE sweet tooth, and I crave something sweet after pretty much every single meal. Unfortunately, and I think we can all agree on this one: it is not all that healthy to eat an entire bar of chocolate three times a day. I really do suffer from a lack of portion control and if I open a bar of chocolate I really will eat the entire thing 🙂 but I don’t know if that’s just me…
Therefore I have found some great alternatives to the sugary, unhealthy snacks, which I find just as, if not more, satisfying than candy, chocolate and cake. I have dessert almost every evening now without feeling guilty, because I know that I’m putting only good things into my body.
Before I get started, I want to tell you about my secret obsession, Loving Earth… Loving Earth is a health food brand, which makes a lot of different health products, but I think that they’re most famous for their chocolate. It only contains whole and healthy ingredients. Their 72% dark chocolate only has TWO ingredients (raw cacao beans and evaporated coconut nectar)! Yep, that’s right! And it tastes amazing as well. Sometimes I also chop it up and put it on top of oatmeal. My favourites are their caramel, dark and salted caramel swayzee chocolates.
One of the things that I really enjoy as a healthy and easy dessert is fruit, berries, dates and Loving Earth chocolate. This is something I will have if I don’t want to spend much time preparing it. It is easy and quick. Mostly I’ll just cut up an apple and have that with some dates or a few pieces of Loving Earth.
Other times I will have berries instead of an apple.
Both apples, dates and berries are a great source of fiber and vitamin C, which is so good for healthy looking skin and numerous other things. Berries are also high in antioxidants, which help to keep free radicals under control and fight inflammation. This is just a few of the things that these fruits are good for, other than being absolutely delicious…
This brings me on to my next healthy dessert recommendation: healthy ice cream!!! I like to always keep some boxes of this in my fridge to have as a dessert in the evening. I don’t have an exact recipe because I pretty much just improvise until it has the right texture and flavour, but this is a rough recipe for a banana-chocolate chip flavour:
- 5 frozen bananas
- Raw cacao powder to taste
- A tiny bit of almond milk or water to help blend
- Cacao nibs
Just blend the bananas with the cacao powder and liquid until it’s smooth. Stir in the cacao nibs and store in freezer. It is SO delicious and tastes exactly like ice cream, but totally guilt-free. YUM!
You can also pit some dates and put that in with some pink Himalayan salt for a salted-caramel twist.
Before I end this article there’s one more thing I want to share with you. It’s not something I usually have as a dessert, but more as a sweet breakfast, which I’m kinda into currently. Smoothie bowls. Especially very creamy, silky smoothie bowls. Again, I don’t have an exact recipe, but I’ll give you my ingredient list and then you can try it out for yourself:
- 1 frozen banana
- Ca. 50 grams of frozen raspberries
- Ca. 30 grams of spinach or kale (optional)
- Ca. 15 grams of crunchy peanut butter
- 10 grams of Protein World Slender Blend Vanilla (optional)
- 2 pitted dates
- A dash of almond milk or water
Then I’ll top it with chia seeds, coconut chips and raw cacao nibs. It is so delicious and has the best texture, which makes it a delight to eat haha! And also only healthy ingredients, which helps me start the day in a great way. The chia seeds and coconut chips provide me with healthy fats, which I find helps to keep me fuller for longer, and makes me avoid snacking so much later on in the day.
That’s all I had for this article. Let me know if you would like to see more of these kinds of posts!
Have a nice day, I’ll talk to you soon.