Healthy treats ensures that we eat right, whether that be a snack, at dinner time or a dessert that counts towards a healthy lifestyle.
Just because we are relishing on a sweet treat, doesn’t mean that it has to be unhealthy or full of artificial ingredients.
There are a variety of treats and desserts that are full of nutrition and harmless to the body.
It is quite easy to find a meal that is healthy such as for dinner or lunchtime, some of us like to go for some steamed vegetables with potatoes or quinoa with beans and fish.
Dessert times can be quite a challenge for some of us due to the artificial sweeteners or unnatural ingredients that can be found in some of these sweet treats! Do you ensure to dessert on something sweet as well as harmless to the body?
In the next few passages, let’s discover the satisfying and healthier sweet alternatives that we can relish on and without feeling guilty during our dessert times!
The key to eating healthy and natural is all about the ingredients inside our foods or the ingredients that you choose to use in cooking!
When eating healthy, it wouldn’t make sense to include unhealthy ingredients such as refined sugars and salts so let’s take a look at some healthier alternatives first of all:-
Maple Syrup – A sweet liquid with a low GI index and full of antioxidants! Tastes similarly of a butterscotch fragrance and very runny like water. A great natural sugar alternative for absolutely any sweet dish that you would like to make, from sweetening porridge to adding into baking.
Blossom nectar sugar – Popular within places throughout Eastern areas and known as palmyra jaggery and a floral taste. Sourced from the trees that are continuously exposed to the sunlight and rich in vitamins and minerals. Perfect to add into types of teas or porridge.
Yacon syrup – A natural prebiotic, good for digestion and perfect to adding into smoothies and juices when necessary. A slight mellow and malty taste.
Date Sugar – Date sugar (not date palm sugar as that’s something entirely different) is full of beneficial nutrients and can be used in cookies, muffins and for making caramel toppings/flavorings or icing.
Simply quick and easy solutions to including sugars naturally, while avoiding artificial sugars that can be linked to health problems.
! ALERT ! Recipe – Peanut Halva (contains nuts)
½ cup packed organic light brown sugar or Sucanat
6 tbsp unsweetened canned coconut cream
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup natural crunchy peanut butter (preferably unsalted)
¼ cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
Be sure to have all the ingredients measured and ready on the counter before getting started. Place the sugar and
coconut cream in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar crystals.
Continue to cook on medium heat, using a pastry brush to brush any sugar crystals from the sides of the saucepan.
Do not stir.
Cook until the bubbling mixture reaches 240°F on a candy thermometer. This will take about 8 to 10 minutes. Turn off the heat.
Then stir in the vanilla, followed by the peanut butter. Make sure each ingredient is fully incorporated. Fold the peanuts into the mixture with a rubber spatula.
Transfer the mixture to a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and evenly spread it into a 4-inch square.
Let cool completely before transferring to the refrigerator to further set for at least 2 hours or, even better,
overnight. Cut into small portions, and enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, wrapped tightly, for up to 2 weeks.
It is ideal that natural sweeteners stated above is ideal to use in most, if not all of your favorite snacks and desserts recipes that we like to eat daily, avoiding the use of problematic refined sugars!
Although there are times that picking up a sweet treat ready-made from local stores can be easy and quick to obtain in times of our busy schedules. Let’s check out some popular and healthy sweet treats:-
Some healthy brands that can be trusted are good to know, however its always sensible to read through the ingredients list to find out exactly what we are eating.
‘Kallo’ is a trusted brand that believes in “good, honest, natural ingredients and not an artificial ingredient in sight”
Kallo is a Dutch company focused on organic foods and has a range of sweet treats that is definitely handy to have in the home, for a quick quilt-free snack. Choose from wholesome crackers, chocolate rice thins, cereals, ‘yeast free’ stock cubes and more in which you can rely on.
Nakd is a healthier filling treat which compromises of good amount of protein and fibre, while focusing on sugar a lot less.
In fact, many athletes rely on these snack bars for pure energy and to stop hunger striking, little bars packed with fruit and nuts with a range of wholesome flavors.
Dried fruits – Snack on these and that’s sure to relieve your hunger!
Dates encourages for good digestion, bone health with vital minerals such as copper, selenium, potassium and an abundance of plant compounds for heart health and contributes to good functioning of the body.
Dried Apricots and prunes are sweet and soft to snack on and great as a little side lunch snack for those little lunchboxes!
A fruit salad is completely satisfying when you have a variety in place. Fruits such as an avocado with chopped up banana, berries, orange and whatever you feel can be incredibly filling, not to mention full of real nutrition. Add in a spoon of flax seed for more power!
Livias Kitchen is growing in popularity with treats that are natural and eaten straight from the pack.
It can be found in local boots stores or within health stores. There are a range of gluten-free treats such as cookie dough, biscuits, brownies and great cake alternatives, only filled with wholesome goodness!
Put simply, it is good to be aware of the brands that provides healthy alternatives for healthy eating and ideal to stock these up at home for quick and easy snacks that are guilt free. There are so many out there and It may even stop you from reaching out to ‘junk foods and treats.’
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ALERT – Recipe – Triple C Truffles
3½ oz vegan dark chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp–¼ cup coconut cream (Use the lower amount if the
cream is thin. Use the larger amount if it is really thick.)
2 tsp pure maple syrup or agave nectar
⅛ tsp instant coffee powder
⅛ tsp chipotle powder
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch coarse kosher salt
⅛ tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp cacao nibs, crushed into coarse powder, more if needed
2 tbsp pistachio meal, more if needed
Line a plate with parchment paper or wax paper. Place the chocolate in a medium, heat-proof bowl.
Whisk to combine the cream, syrup, coffee powder, chipotle powder, cinnamon and salt in a small saucepan.
Heat on medium to dissolve the coffee powder and until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and
combine with the vanilla. Pour onto the chocolate and stir to melt. Leave at room temperature to thicken slightly,
for 45 minutes.
Scoop 1 tablespoon of the soft mixture for larger truffles, or 1½ teaspoons for smaller truffles, and spoon out onto
the paper. Repeat with the remaining mixture. You should get 8 large or 16 small truffles in all, but the yield might
Refrigerate until firm, about 10 to 30 minutes depending on temperature. Shape the mixture into round truffles, and
coat half of the truffles by rolling into ground cacao nibs and the rest with pistachio meal, using a fork if needed.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but be sure to serve at room temperature for the ultimate creaminess and flavor.
It is sensible to choose worthwhile treats that can be easily stored in your cupboard that are natural and wholesome. Although, these can be quite pricey, you can find some deals through healthy online stores and buying in bulk can help you save a lot!
Natural sugars are definitely a better choice compared to artificial flavoring and additives.
Better alternatives can really go a long way, especially when stuck inside the office most of the time or traveling around. Get rid of your artificial snacks please! Check out the video below for a better understanding about artificial ingredients and the potential harm that they cause!
Thank you for reading and if you do have any questions or comments, please leave below and I’ll be sure to help you out!