Do you ever crave rich and decadent desserts, but worry that sweets will get you off track and ruin your healthy eating plan? Fear no more! You CAN eat sweets from time to time and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are three tips for those of you who need your dessert fix from time to time! I’ve also provided a fantastic recipe for a decadent cheesecake that’s 100% organic!
Working Dessert Into Your Diet
Ever cringe when you see that beautiful, thin, model-esque girl in your circle that can eat all the ice cream she wants and yet doesn’t seem to gain an ounce? Don’t blame it on her metabolism. Chances are, she follows three simple rules:
- She picks quality over quantity–Your frenemy probably avoids cheap pastries and desserts like they’re the plague. Rarely will you find her eating ice cream from McDonald’s or some other fast food chain restaurant. However, if you take her to a nice dinner at a snazzy restaurant in New York or DC, she’ll most certainly indulge in that tiramusu. Why? Because she would rather eat a high quality dessert with REAL butter, sugar, and cream as opposed to a cheap treat loaded with artificial preservatives and GMO ingredients. Not that desserts from fine dining restaurants are healthy by any means. Instead, they’re usually made to order and encompass more natural/home-made ingredients and techniques.
- She keeps her portion small–Your friend may eat decadent cheesecakes and muffins, but she realizes that what she’s eating isn’t a good investment in her health long term. She’ll probably eat only three or four bites of the dessert and leave the rest. And in these three or four bites, she’s super satisfied. She doesn’t feel like she’s depriving herself, because she isn’t!
- She balances her other food choices–Your friend probably doesn’t eat dessert every day. And when she does, she balances out that treat with the rest of her day’s food choices. For instance, if she enjoys some ice cream as a late afternoon treat, she might pass up on the pasta or mashed potatoes at dinner, and stick to lean meat and veggies.
Keep reading for a delicious organic dessert that will surely please any crowd!
Gluten Free Organic Almond Butter Cheesecake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Drizzle
For the crust:
1 cup almonds finely ground
1 cup almond meal
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
For the filling:
4 packages organic cream cheese
1 six ounce container of plain greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup smooth raw almond butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
For the topping:
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1. Mix all the ingredients listed for the crust. Pat the mixture into a 10-inch springform pan that has been lightly greased. Bake the crust at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 5 minutes, then remove and set aside.
2. Beat the cream cheese until softened. Using an electric hand mixer, add the sugar and greek yogurt. Beat well and add vanilla. Gradually beat in the eggs, one at a time.
3. Remove 1 cup of the batter and set aside. Mix in the almond butter into the remainder of the batter.
4. Pour the almond butter flavored into the spring form pan. Place dollops of the plain cheesecake batter on top of the almond butter flavored batter. Use a knife to swirl the two batters and create a design.
5. Bake the cheesecake at 350 (Fahrenheit) for 15 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 200 and bake for an additional two hours. Remove from the oven when firm to the touch and slightly browned.
6. Remove cake and allow to cool, preferably overnight. Remove the cake from the springform pan. Melt the chocolate and butter over low heat in a sauce pan. Drizzle the chocolate over the chilled cheesecake. Refrigerate the cake if needed to let the chocolate set, or let the chocolate set at room temperature.
I really liked this cheesecake because it’s 100% organic! That’s right, 100%. I know it might cost a little more, but it’s especially important to purchase organic products for dessert. Store bought or pre-made products are often full of so many refined, processed, or artificial ingredients, and you don’t even realize this upon buying and consuming. Take the time to make your own desserts. You won’t regret it!