It’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth. Most people do, everyone’s is just displayed in different ways. I only eat cake on birthday’s (I don’t care for frosting, its too sweet for me) and I am not a pie fan. You also won’t find me sitting eating a Hershey bar. My sweet tooth comes out with cookies, brownies, muffins, sweet scones and breads. I could sit and eat those all day long. Of course, that’s my problem. If I bake them, I will eat them.
Now I am one of those people who says, everything in moderation…well, for the most part. I believe if you tell yourself you can’t have any of the sweet things you love, you will just crave them more. I can testify that this is 100% true. If I deny myself, my cravings get out of hand and I eventually break and eat them all and much more. Thus leading to extreme guilt. If, I want a cookie with a cup of tea in the afternoon, I eat one but limit myself to one or two. I have found by doing this, I have actually started craving these things less. It’s all about balance and portions. One of my best friends is a Registered Dietitian and recently posted an article about this. You can read it here: Managing Foods that Have Power Over You
So how does this all fit in with healthy eating? First, I try to make most things so, I know exactly what is going into everything that is being made. Yes, I understand not everyone can do this. We still buy store bought goodies, I’m human just like you. I just limit the amount that I buy. I also realized that instead of making huge batches of everything and eating them before they go bad, I keep out what we are going to use for that day and maybe the next and freeze the rest for a later date. Another great tip is dividing recipes in half, that way you don’t have as many. I am also working on substituting the not so healthy ingredients (sugar, oil, creams) for things that are better for us (bananas, maple syrup, honey, greek yogurt).
This doesn’t always go as planned. I often find myself beyond frustrated and full of failed recipes. It’s all a work in progress but I am trying.
One of the cookies recipes I have grown to love is Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies. They taste like banana bread with chocolate chips. I said, I had to grow into these but only because these cookies are more cake like and not crispy like how I enjoy cookies. My kids loved them immediately. Five ingredients blended together and baked. That’s it. Easy and delicious. They also freeze well.
Go ahead and give them a try. I promise you will be pleasantly surprised!