How to Make Delicious Low Calorie Desserts and Beverages?

 

The festival and holiday season is fast approaching, which means that it is almost that time of the year where we’re expected to bring our A game in the food and confectionery department. While binging on sweet treats and smoothies is almost cathartic when the leaves change, we also need to make healthier choices so that our diet does not lead to self-sabotage. It can be very nostalgic to make pies, pastries and cookies given they have been a ritual ever since your childhood, but one of the perks of being an adult in 2021 is having all the knowledge about how to eat healthier without compromising on taste.

To help you make low calorie and inclusive desserts or beverages, follow our tips as explained below!

  • Replace whole milk and dairy: Using dairy products like milk may not seem like a huge deal, but it can be a deal-breaker to those with lactose intolerance. Many don’t even realise that they have an intolerance towards dairy products because the symptoms aren’t that aggressive. However, research shows that dairy milk is related to acne breakouts, digestive problems or even chronic fatigue in many. There are plant based milk replacements available such as salmond milk, soy milk and others that do the same job and provide the same texture in desserts and beverages. These can be used to make delicious items, from cake and cookies to shake and lattes!
  • Cut down on sugar: Sugar is highly addictive and causes more harm than any other ingredient. While the long term effects mess up your pancreatic function, blood-sugar levels and accelerate skin ageing, it can cause you to have mood swings and inconsistent sleep patterns in the immediate period of consumption. Try to replace your sugar by using healthier options like sugar free zero calorie sweetener and fruits. Trust us, your fitness goals are more easily achieved when you eliminate artificial sugar from your diet! You can also use cinnamon to sweeten drinks and desserts where apt.
  • Use aquafaba for healthier whipped cream: whipped cream has too many calories that give a sugar rush to your kids and can be worse if you have a form of lactose intolerance. Instead of worrying about how much you eat, watch what you eat. There are highly successful and simple methods to make whipped cream with aquafaba (the water that remains after boiling chickpeas) with the same consistency and fluffiness as the can-bought or homemade whipped cream.
  • Refrain from using refined flour: Gluten in refined flour can be disastrous for your health due to refined carbs, leading to weight gain and digestive issues. Replace it with oat flour, almond flour or other neutral tasting flours to whip up a batch of cookies that taste just as delicious but are much more healthy.

Wrapping Up

There are many of us who have someone in the family, if not yourself, with food allergies and ingredient intolerance. Additionally, a lot of people today have plant based diets, so creating delicacies that everyone can enjoy together can be a bonding event. We hope these tips help you bring the necessary changes in your desserts and drinks to have a better holiday season!