It’s pretty clear that CHAARG girls are all about the #eeeeeats — or should we say, #sweeeeets? ; ) We love a great #sweatsesh, but there’s a good chance that we love an Insta-worthy dessert even more. As girls dedicated to a lifestyle of fitness + wellness, you may struggle with balancing the desire to eat healthy + the #treatyoself mentality. But who says you have to give up *fun* foods in the name of *healthy* eating? The answer is simple: You don’t!
For those nights you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to stray *too far* from your healthy regime, try out these 10 *mind-blowing* ingredient swaps to make your fav desserts nutritious + just as delicious ; ).
INSTEAD OF OIL OR BUTTER, TRY…
>>APPLESAUCE: Use applesauce in place of oil or butter to reduce the amount of saturated fat in a dish + add a ton of fiber to your baked goods. It even adds a bit of sweetness, allowing you to cut down on sugar! Swap applesauce in a 1:1 ratio for oil or butter [aka same measurements!].
>>MASHED AVOCADO: High in monounsaturated *good* fats, subbing mashed avocado for butter or oil will replace some of those not-so-great fats for healthier stuff, + will add a creamy consistency to your baked goods. Use avocado in a 1:1 ratio.
INSTEAD OF WHITE//WHEAT FLOUR, TRY…
>>OAT OR NUT FLOUR: If you already have oats + nuts in your cupboards, then you never have to buy flour again ; ). Blend up oats or nuts in a food processor for a more protein-packed + fibrous option to white or wheat flour. Use an extra ¼ cup of oat//nut flour per 1 cup of white or wheat flour [1 ¼ // 1 ratio].
>>BLACK BEANS: Wash + drain a can of black beans as another alternative for flour. Using black beans for flour cuts out the gluten + adds more protein — not to mention they taste delish in brownies… seriously! Sub 1 cup of flour for 1 cup of pureed black beans.
Try these swaps in our Strawberry Power Muffins.
INSTEAD OF CHOCOLATE CHIPS, TRY…
>>UNSWEETENED COCOA POWDER: Cocoa powder has the rich taste we love about chocolate, + is way less messy than melting chocolate chips ; ). It also contains fewer calories + grams of sugar.
>>CACAO NIBS: The *natural* form of chocolate, cacao nibs are also a healthier option — cutting out added sugars + calories.
INSTEAD OF SUGAR, TRY…
>>DATES: Rather than refined or brown sugar, dates are a natural sweetener that satisfy your sweet tooth while also promoting heart health + reducing blood pressure. Replace 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of pureed dates in ½-1 cup of hot water until a paste is made.
>>MASHED BANANA: Another natural sweetener, bananas are a great substitute for both fats + sugars, ++ won’t give you the crash that comes with eating processed sugar. Bananas also help lower blood pressure + add more potassium to your sweet treat.
INSTEAD OF ICE CREAM, TRY…
>>BLENDED FROZEN BANANAS: What do you get when you blend frozen bananas long enough? One-ingredient ice cream that tastes almost as decadent + creamy as the *real thing*. Add in some cocoa powder, vanilla, + other add-ins for more fun flavors.
>>ARCTIC ZERO OR HALO TOP: For those nights you want to eat the whole pint, Arctic Zero + Halo Top are low in calories + sugar. Halo Top even has 6 g of protein per serving. New post-workout snack? Maybe. ; )
Try this swap with our Banana Froyo.
What’s your favorite sweet treat, + how do you make it better fit into your fit + healthy lifestyle? Share with us on insta, @chaarg + #CHAARGEats!
+Natalie [@natalie_inchaarg], VirtCHAARG // Grand Rapids