Finding or making low-carb desserts is not as difficult as you think. Whether you are trying to slim down or follow a diet to improve your health, it can be hard to forgo dessert. Sweets are all around us – at the grocery store, at social events, and even at our workplaces. And when we finally do give in to our temptations, it’s easy to feel demoralized and ready to give up on our health goals altogether. Leading experts have found that one of the best ways to get rid of a bad habit is to find a substitute. Fortunately, with a little creativity, you can find a way to satisfy your sweet tooth and achieve your fitness and health goals at the same time. The following are some great carb free desserts to low-carb desserts that you can make and prepare at home to help you on your journey to healthy and happy living:
Nothing says dessert like a decadent cheesecake.
- Toast almonds and pecans together and then grind them in a food processor with butter, protein powder, cinnamon, liquid stevia and salt.
- Press them into a springform pan and bake for about 10 minutes.
- For filling, blend together four packages cream cheese, two-thirds cup erythritol, 20 drops liquid stevia, four eggs, two teaspoons vanilla extract, one teaspoon juice of a fresh lemon, half a cup sour cream, and one-half teaspoon salt.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 90 minutes.
With its high concentration of fats and proteins, and low amounts of carbs, a protein shake can keep the dreaded sugar withdrawal shakes away.
- In a blender, mix together one-and-a-half cups almond milk, one tablespoon cocoa powder, one tablespoon coconut oil, one tablespoon peanut butter, one scoop chocolate powder, protein powder and four ice cubes.
- Make sure to look for a protein powder that is specifically low carb, as they are not all made the same!
- Mix together two room temperature eggs, half a cup liquid coconut oil, one teaspoon vanilla, and half a cup warm water with a whisk.
- Then add one-third cup cocoa powder, one cup erythritol, three-quarters teaspoon mineral salt, half a cup almond flour, one-quarter cup coconut flour, and three-quarters teaspoon baking powder.
- Pour the mixture and spread into a greased 8×6 baking pan.
- Spread one-quarter cup chopped dark chocolate on top of mixture.
- Cook for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Strawberry Chocolate Mousse
- This is a great dessert for a small dinner party, and they might not even know it is low-carb!
- In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup low-fat milk until scalding.
- Pour hot milk over six ounces dark chocolate in a bowl.
- Add one teaspoon of vanilla and a pinch of sea salt to the chocolate mixture.
- Leave it at room temperature for three minutes to let the chocolate soften, then whisk together.
- Then allow the chocolate mixture to cool.
- Add one cup Greek yogurt and whisk together.
- Bring out beautiful glass cups or small glass bowls. Layer sliced strawberries and chocolate mousse alternately. Enjoy!
Grilled Stone Fruit
A simple and natural way to eat healthy on the grill.
- Heat grill to medium high.
- Toss two pounds of peaches, plums and nectarines (halved and pitted) with olive oil in a large mixing bowl.
- Place on a grill cut side down and cook until dripping with juice and charred.
- Remove and place in bowls with Greek yogurt.
As you can see, making low-carb and carb free desserts is just a matter of being creative, trying out new recipes, and having lots of fun in the kitchen. Bon appetit!