On more than one occasion, I’ve been told I have a healthy relationship with food…a compliment I take to heart and truly appreciate. Lately, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about food and how easily our relationship with food can be morphed, influenced, or completely altered by what we read, who we follow on social media, or even the people we hang out with (particularly in this day in age, when there are so many conflicting views on what foods are “healthy.”)
I think my relationship with food is the healthiest it has ever been. Inevitably, we all go through stages when we’re too restrictive, or the flip-side, when we’re too lax. There is definitely a fine line between taking care of one’s body though the consumption of healthful foods, and becoming obsessive over what one “should” and “should not” eat.
It’s taken me awhile, but nowadays, I just don’t stress over food. I know what foods make me feel good and I try to eat mostly those things. But, if I want ice cream, a glass of wine, or a big ol’ stack of pancakes while out to brunch with my husband, I’m going to have those things.
I believe my “balanced” approach to eating has made my relationship with food what it is today. I don’t restrict anything…but I do pay attention to how food makes me feel and I think, for anyone, that it is most important.
I stand by the statement “food is fuel.” I believe food has healing powers and can aid in the improvement of certain ailments, conditions, etc. But, food is also a joy in life. And sometimes, the stress that goes into trying to be perfectly healthy 100% of the time, creates more chaos in your mind and body than just eating the damn food you want to eat. At least that’s my view…
Alright, all of this to say…I love dessert. And I love to have a sweet, small something almost every night. I have a few favorites I want to share…desserts with simple, real ingredients, ones that will not wreak havoc on your body if you have them on the regular, and ones that do a darn good job of satisfying your sweet tooth!
(Current) Top Dessert Options
Purely Elizabeth granola with almond milk
Siggi’s Triple Cream chocolate yogurt (or vanilla)
Almond (or peanut butter) stuffed dates
I love all of these packaged sweets (the cookies, yogurt, and granola) because they all contain real, simple ingredients and the sugar content per serving is relatively low for a dessert. As with anything, keep your portions balanced, but these are all really awesome and satisfying options!
Hope you have an awesome start your week!
Question: What is your go-to healthier dessert?