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National Dessert Day is on October 14th, and all around the country, millions are eagerly bookmarking all of the freebies that the unofficial holiday will bring. But for those of us focusing on medical weight loss near you and me, National Dessert Day can feel a little too tempting. Maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult even on days not devoted to cakes, pies, and sweets; on National Dessert Day, it can understandably feel even harder.
But eating healthily doesn't have to mean depriving yourself of delicious foods. You can achieve weight loss while also enjoying National Dessert Day and treating yourself to awesome sweets. Let’s talk about how.
Berries, like the blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries we recommend as part of the WAYT-less diet, are not only full of antioxidants and fiber, they also come with just enough natural sugar content to make them both healthy and delicious. For example, a cup of blackberries comes with only 62 calories but offers 8 grams of dietary fiber (or 30% of the recommended daily value) and only 7 grams of sugar: enough to offer sweetness while also retaining its health benefits. If you compare that to a powdered donut from a national donut chain, which tops out at 330 calories and 14 grams of total sugars, you’ll see that it’s entirely possible to enjoy a sweet treat without having to sacrifice health and weight loss.
This October 14th, treat yourself to a berry bowl! Use a variety of berries in order to give each spoonful a unique mix of flavors. If you’d like to get adventurous, you can even try adding a pinch of paprika or red pepper. Whatever combination you choose, a berry bowl can absolutely be a decadent treat worthy of National Dessert Day.
If you’ve ever seen someone on television raving about the virtues of roasted vegetables, you probably already know that roasting veggies at high heats causes caramelization. Caramelization is a chemical process that releases the intrinsic sugars in vegetables, creating a sweeter, nuttier flavor that can turn even the most bland vegetables into a flavorful treat.
Chop a cup of your favorite vegetables into inch-long pieces. Coat the pieces lightly in a teaspoon of coconut oil, then toss them evenly with half a teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook them at about 425 degrees Fahrenheit until toasted. The cooking time will vary depending on the vegetable, but most non-root vegetables will roast within 15-25 minutes; keep an eye on your oven and remove once you start to see char.
One of our favorite things about smoothies—and one of the things that makes them so great for medical weight loss near me—is how quick and versatile they are. On National Dessert Day, though, treat yourself by investing a little more time into your smoothie. Add a cup of your favorite fresh fruits to your blender, along with a cup of ice. Then add a tablespoon of flaxseed and half a teaspoon of ginger. The ginger will add a nice depth to the smoothie, and the flaxseed will give it even more of a healthy kick.
Want to level up your smoothie game even further? Pour your smoothie mixture into an ice cube tray and stick it in the freezer. Once fully frozen, remove the smoothie cubes and enjoy!
Most jam recipes come with enough sugar to rot teeth, but it’s entirely possible to create delicious preserves good enough for National Dessert Day without including any sugar at all. Fruits like strawberries already offer sweetness in the form of natural sugars, and it’s not at all necessary to add additional refined sugar to create a mouthwatering pot of jam.
Combine 3 cups of fresh berries with a tablespoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons of a thickener like tapioca or arrowroot powder. Blend the mixture until pureed, and then pour it into a pan. Then bring the mixture to a boil over medium-low heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 40-50 minutes, stirring regularly and frequently until the jam has thickened. Then remove your jam from the stove, let it cool, and serve it on a slice of Melba toast.
One of the key tenets of Nu Image’s WAYT-less diet is portion control. Keep an eye on serving sizes and remember that snacks—even nutritious snacks—shouldn’t make up the bulk of your caloric intake. Divide the foods you make into servings, and then store the remainder in the fridge or freezer for later. Not only will you thank yourself later, but you’ll also be that much closer to hitting your medical weight loss goals.
You can absolutely enjoy National Dessert Day while still remaining committed to medical weight loss. The key is using all of the healthy, delicious foods you’re already eating as part of your healthy, balanced diet. Enjoy!
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