Sometimes I think people don’t eat healthy because it feels like too much work. I am here to prove you wrong! Here are 5 super simple swaps (I love alliteration) you can make to healthify (I love making up words) your life. So go ahead, indulge that sweet tooth. You will have a hard time wiping the smile off your face knowing you are providing your body with a ton of nutrients, while simultaneously indulging in yumminess.
1. Trade in your ice cream for some frozen bananas. No kidding and don’t knock it until you try it. Even if you claim to not like bananas, you need to give this a shot! Take a look at the carton of ice cream hiding in your freezer and you will probably find a long list of ingredients, some of which you can’t pronounce and some of which you probably don’t even recognize. So what’s a person to do? I mean who can ignore an ice cream craving? Well, I have some super good news for you. You can make your own ice cream with only 2 ingredients: frozen bananas, and almond milk. No. Kidding. And you can even shake it up a little bit by throwing in a little cacao powder if you would like chocolate ice cream. Sometimes I even throw in a spoonful of nut butter to really send it out of the ball park. As long as you have frozen bananas, you can have your own delectable treat in less than the time it takes you to go to the store.
2. Swap your Jiffy for something not so iffy. Yep, another scary ingredient list. Instead, throw some peanuts into your food processor and you can have your own peanut butter made with only 1 ingredient (provided your peanuts have only one ingredient). And of course, you can add a little sea salt if you prefer. And I do. Want crunchy peanut butter? Save some peanuts to add at the last minute. And if you’re wondering…yes! You can throw in some cacao powder and maple syrup to create a sinful little spread.
3. Create your own candy bar. I have evolved into a chocolate snob. It started with Hersheys when I was young and didn’t know any better. Then, in college, I moved on to Dove dark chocolates. Perhaps it was the appeal of the messages inside the wrappers. From there I discovered Ghiradelli. I simply could not resist the caramel filled dark chocolates. Next came Lindt. That was in an effort to become more healthy…you know, when dark chocolate became a health food. Then when I became vegan, I discovered Endangered Species. Little did I know I could create my own chocolate bars at home with as few as 3 ingredients. Equal amounts of cacao powder and coconut oil, and a drizzle of sweetener like agave or maple syrup. Spread the mixture on some parchment paper, and stick in the freezer. Again, it’s easy to become creative here. Sprinkle some goji berries, or nuts or maca powder on before sticking in the freezer to liven things up.
4. Brownies. Dates + walnuts + cacao powder = raw brownies. Throw in some hemp seed for a little extra umph. Want frosted brownies? Melt 1/3 cup coconut oil with 1/3 cup cacao powder. Add sweetener of choice, and BOOM! Frosted brownies baby!
5. Mr. Misty made with love and no added sugar. Sorry Dairy Queen. I have discovered I can make my own Mr. Misty at home. And, with fewer ingredients, may I add?! Pun intended. Throw some frozen cherries into a blender cup. Add coconut water and then squeeze in 1/2 of a lime. Blend. Slurp.
5 1/2. I know…I said 5, but I simply couldn’t resist sharing an easy caramel recipe. What do you get when you throw medjool dates in a food processor, then drizzle in some coconut oil? Yep, you got it! Caramel worthy of dipping your favorite apple slices into.
What I love best about indulging in these sweet treats is that I feel good about eating/drinking them! And I feel like a genius because I can pronounce all the words on the ingredient list.