I want to share with you today a favorite recipe of my family. Here is a confession. I love a good treat every once in a while! I know, I know. This is a blog by a health coach so shouldn't I be sharing something like kale salad, or a dessert made from crushed nuts and avocado, instead of a sweet treat? Maybe. But, you know, it is ok to have a treat every now and again and we will go over that in a bit.
Let's talk a little about sugar. It is kind of a scary word these days. Yes, it has caused a lot of harm, such as obesity, tooth decay, premature aging, addiction and the list goes on. However, sugar wasn't always such a problem, so why is it now? Sugar became a problem when it started to be put in EVERYTHING. We consume sugar in excessive amounts. Our drinks contain sugar, our cereal contains sugar, our marinara sauces and canned fruits contain sugar. It is everywhere. So what do we do? Cut out all sugar??
1. Check your labels. If there is a lot of added sugar, try a different brand. For example: when I buy my kids applesauce I look for sugar free. This means no artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup. How about breakfast cereal? That one is tough because there is a lot of sugar in most. You will be amazed once you start looking.
2. Drink your water. When you are thirsty I know a soda sounds so much more appetizing (that's the sugar and caffeine talking), but reach for that water instead. If you need some flavor in your water try cutting up some oranges or lemons and putting a pitcher in the fridge. I love the citrus flavor! Get creative.
3. Eat a balanced diet. Get those veggies in every day. Veggies are a hard one for me, but making sure I have chopped fresh veggies on hand makes it so much easier to add to a meal. Let's not forget fruit, protein and the healthy fats. As you cook, use the ingredients that don't have the sugar. You will feel so much better by eliminating those extra sugars.
After going over what sugar can do us, why would I still give you a treat recipe? Simple.
If we are eating a balanced, wholesome diet, really being mindful, we can have our treat. This doesn't mean every night, but once in a while. Make it fun and totally enjoy it. If you feel you need some extra sweet more often, grab that delicious fresh fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. As you cut out all the extra sugar, you will most likely notice that the treat you do eat is really too sweet, and you only handle it once in a while. Super plus!
Enjoy and eat mindfully,
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 cup flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Blend butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Add eggs, beat well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Blend into egg mixture. Spread in a 9x13 greased pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until brownie starts to pull away from the pan. Cool and frost with creamy frosting below.
6 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. honey
2 cups confectioners sugar
6 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
2-4 Tbsp. milk
Cream butter, cocoa, honey and vanilla in a small mixer bowl. Add confectioners sugar and milk. Beat to spreading consistency.
(Recipe given to us for our wedding from a neighborhood cookbook)
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