How Sweet It Is

15adbd3457d40d6ac78e80c232d4d235With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s easy to get caught up with the sweetness in the air and on your plate.  Unfortunately, the facts about sugar aren’t as sweet as one would hope.  According to an article in the Huffington Post, sugar in excess is a toxin, unrelated to its calories.  In fact, the consumption of sugar holds a direct correlation with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  Not only that, but too much sugar can slow you down and actually make you gain weight.  To put it in perspective Dr. Oz recommends in his article, “Sugar’s Sour Side Effects,” only 6 teaspoons of sugar a day for women and only 9 teaspoons for men.  So the question becomes, how do I enjoy this upcoming Valentine’s Day without finding myself on a sugar overload?  I’ve compiled three of my favorite recipes that can satisfy your sweet tooth while also keeping your sugar consumption to a minimum.

Image1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Soft Serve

Since I love ice cream, this recipe gives me that same tasty fix with a lot less added fat and sugar.  The name can be a mouthful (pun intended), but the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Soft Serve is a delicious gluten free, dairy free, and vegan friendly dessert! Find out more by clicking on this article by Fit Foodie Finds.

2. Chocolate Chip (Paleo) Cookies

Who doesn’t love a warm chocolate chip cookie?  I’m not paleo, but trying out these Chocolate Chip (paleo) Cookies happened to be a great decision.  These cookies are 100% grain free and dairy free. No refined sugars either.  To experience the great taste for yourself, click here.

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3.  Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Lastly, one of my favorite healthy desserts is the Peanut Butter Protein Balls.  These peanut butter protein balls taste like chocolate chip cookie dough, but offer the ideal blend of protein and carbs your body needs, especially after a workout or a long day.  To get the full recipe click here.

Remember, that in the end it’s all about moderation and listening to what your body is feeling.  This Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to be friendly to your body and give your taste buds the same great taste without all the detrimental side effects of too much sugar.

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO,

Katie

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