Eating Healthy Does Not Mean Giving Up Sweets!

January 21, 2013 · 0 comments

Imagine a world where satisfying your sweet tooth and eating healthy weren’t opposites. Where chocolate brownies were not a guilty pleasure, they were a pleasure without guilt. What if you had a post-workout snack or afternoon pick-me-up that nourished your body and gave you energy to get you through the rest of your day?

No more relying on processed sugar, caffeine, junk food or mindless eating that leaves you feeling unsatisfied and unhealthy. Imagine how great it would feel to feed your kids dessert and know that it was actually good for them! (Whether you actually tell them that is your call)

I have been following a blog called The Rawtarian. She has a plethora of simple recipes that can make the scenario I just described a reality. The creativity and passion Laura-Jane has for her recipes is impressive and inspires me to not only get in the kitchen myself, but to share them with you as well.

Here are a few of my favorite treats that I hope you’ll consider switching with some of your current options. Click on any of the pictures to be taken to a detailed explanation of how to make them.

Healthy Brownies

 

raw brownies Eating Healthy Does Not Mean Giving Up Sweets! 1 cup pecans (you can use walnuts in a pinch, but pecans are much better!)
1 cup dates
5 tablespoons raw cacao (cocoa) powder
4 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

 

Raw Turtles

 

raw turtles Eating Healthy Does Not Mean Giving Up Sweets! 2 cups pecans
2 cups dates
1 banana

 

All Natural Granola Bars

 

raw granola bar Eating Healthy Does Not Mean Giving Up Sweets! 1 cup almonds (soak for an hour then discard soak water)
1 cup dates (soak for an hour then discard soak water)
1/2 cup raisins (dry)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup buckwheat groats
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/3 cup raw wheat germ (contains gluten)
or 1/3 cup ground flax seeds (flax seed meal)

 

Lemon Bars

 

raw lemon bars Eating Healthy Does Not Mean Giving Up Sweets! 1 cup almonds
1 1/2 cups soft dates
1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Zest from one organic lemon (do not omit this, it’s what gives it the lemony flavor!)
2 tablespoons organic lemon juice (ideally from the lemon above)
1 1/4 cups dried coconut
3/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt

 

If you are interested in learning more you can also listen to the Rawtarian Podcast for instructions and inspiration about preparing healthy food for you and your family.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you use to satisfy your sweet tooth? If so, please share!

Previous post:

Next post: