Since I started eating more consciously, documenting my food and paying attention to nutritional profiles, I weened myself off sugary foods pretty well. So much so that I don’t only lack cravings for foods I used to really long for (see: Puppy Chow), I sometimes can’t bring myself to enjoy them anymore.
I call this phenomenon my #BittersweetTooth
But just because I’d rather go back for more salad when other people move onto cupcakes (like I did at a dinner I attended two nights ago), it doesn’t mean that I shirk dessert foods entirely. So while I want to offer you some form of “dessert salad” (I have several ideas…), I’m going to stick to #JustDesserts and provide some examples of what I eat when I want to ‘treat’ myself.
1) Banana Walnut Freezer Mash – At some point—somewhere between trying to find a healthier ice cream and determining that banana cream is perhaps a great substitute—I decided I’d experiment with different ways of freezing to establish an easy freezer wash I could have before bed. Adding some of my favorite flavors (cinnamon and salt), I found that I could create a mash that I could freeze ahead of time and then later mix with Greek yogurt to establish a consistency not too dissimilar from ice cream. In addition to discovering that bananas were a good alternative cream, I found that they (along with things like cherry juice and jasmine rice) are good to consume before bedtime. But I also found that walnuts are suggested as a “perfect bedtime snack” as well—which is great because the flavor of walnuts pairs excellently with banana (just think of all of the banana-walnut combinations you’ve seen and heard about.
I mean, just check out this “bourbon banana and walnut french toast”:
So now, I typically have a bag in my freezer with a strangely-colored dark banana mash. I can easily mix this with Greek yogurt or a milk (alternative) to make a cream spread or the base of a drink (smoothies, anyone?). Regardless, it’s definitely a satisfying snack I can go to in times of “weakness.”
Do you have similar dessert habits or ideas about how you can #LevelUp the things I’ve presented? Comment below and we can still develop a #Saladarity. As a final suggestion: all of these desserts can be reformulated to top a salad and avoid less-healthy dressings. Why wait for dessert when you can enjoy it throughout the whole meal?
Check back on next week’s post for some retrospective ideas about how I expanded my the way I approach food combinations. (Hint: it involves familiar phrases…)
For a good Puppy Chow/Muddy Buddy recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/15820/puppy-chow/
For more ideas about foods to eat before bed: https://www.prevention.com/health/sleep-energy/best-foods-eat-night-help-you-sleephttp://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20628881,00.html
For the recipe to make bourbon banana and walnut french toast: https://naturallyella.com/bourbon-banana-and-walnut-french-toast/
For more foods to recover from and/or prevent a hangover: http://www.eatthis.com/best-foods-for-hangover-cure-ranked/
To read about research on freezing blueberries: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140722124810.htm
You can find PB2 in many supermarkets or on sites like Amazon, here: https://www.amazon.com/PB2-Powdered-Peanut-Butter-6-5/dp/B002GJ9JWS?th=1
To read about unhealthiness in nut butters and how to get around them: http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/nut-butter-the-bad-the-good-and-how-to-make-it-better