Living with Diabetes and knowing recipes
is a big part of staying ahead of your food choices when trying to change your lifestyle into one of low sugar, exercise, losing weight and feeling good. Here are some quick no-cook recipes and ideas for healthy desserts that can help you conquer those food cravings, with minimal effort and calories.
Sugar Free Shaved Ice Syrup:
There are several makers of sugar free shaved ice syrup, who put out flavors such as fruit punch, pina colada, blue raspberry and green apple. A big bowl of shaved ice plus this syrup can conquer your sweet tooth very quickly. Since most of the sugar free syrups (depending on brand) are zero calories, there's no guilt if you want to go back for a second (or even a third) bowl.
Frozen Fruit Smoothie:
For this one, get a 12 ounce or 1 pound bag of frozen berries from the grocery store, such as strawberries or blueberries, and throw them in a blender with 2 cups of plain almond milk. Blend until smooth, and add additional ice if you desire a thicker smoothie. If you want a sweeter smoothie, you can add a dash of your favorite sugar substitute.
Frozen Chocolate Bananas:
This one is the highest calorie, an the most labor intensive of these ideas. First, you need to make a sugar free chocolate coating.
In a shallow bowl take 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil, and 2 packets of your favorite sugar substitute. I prefer sucralose, because it tastes the most like I'm eating the real thing. Mix those together until smooth and set aside.
Get out a cookie sheet and make sure there's room for it in your freezer. If there isn't room, you may need to use several smaller pans. Line the pans you're going to use with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up later. Next take 3-4 bananas and cut them in 2-3" pieces.
Dip the end of each banana piece in the chocolate and set it on the cookie sheet chocolate-side-up. Do that with the remaining banana pieces and then place carefully in your freezer and allow the bananas to freeze until solid, approximately at least 2-3 hours, depending on your freezer. You could also sprinkle the bananas with nuts before placing them in your freezer.
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