The number one worry of all reluctant dieters is fear of never seeing their favorite foods again.
But thanks to evolutionary breakthroughs in the kitchen we can now have our cake without the rightfully associated guilt of eating cake.
Food is neither wrong nor right, no matter how much shame or praise it may get in the eye of the medical world or mainstream media. However, if your goal is to drastically reduce your risk of heart disease, then some traditional recipes for sweets will need to be revised.
Imagine that these new formulas are stripping your dessert of its, fatty, sugary nature, and then fortifying it with more fiber, antioxidants, and enzymes that all have shown an effect to help control blood sugar without sacrificing taste.
Take Dr. Michael Greger’s Healthy Chocolate Shake for example (serving sizes reflect a 300 calorie shake):
- 2 tbsp dutch processed cocoa
- 2 tbsp date sugar
- 1 cup frozen dark red cherries
- 1 cup DHA fortified soy milk (preferably unsweetened)
*Optional - Doctor recommends ground flax seed for texture and added fiber and omega 3 content
Published literature from 2006 showed that flavanol-rich cocoa had a positive impact on vascular function and could help to slow aging. This has Dr. Michael Greger in agreement, deeming this tasty treat as ‘HEALTH PROMOTING’.
To Cut Out the Added Sugar
I like to use:
- 1 cup chocolate flavored almond milk
- 1 handful of strawberries
- half a banana
- 1 handful of spinach
*Optional - I also soak a few spoon fulls of fiber/ omega 3 rich chia seeds for a few hours and blend
Smoothies and shakes are a great way to sneak in raw greens into the diet. I guarantee, without a potentially green tint to your shakes and smoothies, you would not even taste the difference!